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map_caption = Location of Funen/Fyn in Denmark
Funen (Danish: "Fyn"; IPA2|ˈfyːˀn), with a size of 2,984 km² (1152 sq. miles), is the third-largest island of Denmark following
Zealandand Vendsyssel-Thy, and the 163rd largest island of the world. Funen is located in the central part of the country and has a population of 447,000 people (2006). The main city is Odense, connected to the sea by canal, though this canal is now seldom used. The city's shipyard Odense Steel Shipyardhas been relocated outside of Odense proper.
Funen belongs administratively to
Region Syddanmark. From 1970-2006, the island formed the biggest part of Funen County, which also included the islands of Langeland, Ærøand Tåsinge, as well as a number of smaller islands.
Funen is linked to
Zealand, Denmark's largest island, by the Great Belt Bridgecarrying both trains and cars. The "Great Belt Bridge" is in reality two bridges; a low bridge connecting Funen to the small island of Sprogøin the middle of the Great Beltand a long suspension bridgethe rest of the way to Zealand. The suspension bridge was the second longest in the world at the time of opening. From Funen to Sprogø, trains use a separate bridge parallel to the low bridge and constructed in a similar way. A tunnel connects Sprogø with Zealand, forming the other half of the railway connection.
Two bridges connect Funen to the Danish mainland,
Jutland; the first was constructed in the 1930s shortly before World War IIfor both cars and trains. The second, a suspension bridge, was constructed in the 1970s and is used for cars only.
Apart from the main city,
Odense, all major towns are located in coastal areas. Beginning in the northeast of the island and moving clockwise, the list is as follows: Kerteminde(NE), Nyborg(E), Svendborg(S), Fåborg(SW), Assens (W), Middelfart(NW) and Bogense(N).
Funen was the birthplace of
Hans Christian Andersen, the composer Carl Nielsenand American Revolutionary Warhero Col. Christian Febiger.
The Funen Village
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