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Funen ( , ), with a size of 2,984 km² (1152 sq. miles), is the third-largest island of Denmark following Zealandmarker and Vendsyssel-Thymarker, 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 Odensemarker, connected to the sea by canal, though this canal is now seldom used. The city's shipyard Odense Steel Shipyard has been relocated outside of Odense proper.

Funen belongs administratively to Region Syddanmarkmarker. From 1970-2006, the island formed the biggest part of Funen County, which also included the islands of Langelandmarker, Ærømarker and Tåsingemarker, as well as a number of smaller islands.

Funen is linked to Zealandmarker, Denmarkmarker's largest island, by the Great Belt Bridgemarker carrying both trains and cars. The Great Belt Bridge is in reality two bridges; a low bridge connecting Funen to the small island of Sprogømarker in the middle of the Great Beltmarker and a long suspension bridge the rest of the way to Zealandmarker. 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 II for 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, Odensemarker, all major towns are located in coastal areas. Beginning in the northeast of the island and moving clockwise, the list is as follows: Kertemindemarker (NE), Nyborgmarker (E), Svendborgmarker (S), Fåborgmarker (SW), Assensmarker (W), Middelfartmarker (NW) and Bogensemarker (N).

The population of the major cities and towns are:

  • Odense: 158,163 (2008)
  • Svendborg: 27,318 (2008)
  • Nyborg: 16,043
  • Middelfart: 14,494 (2009)
  • Faaborg: 7,234
  • Assens: 5,965
  • Kerteminde: 5,775
  • Bogense: 3,499


Funen was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the composer Carl Nielsen and American Revolutionary War hero Col. Christian Febiger.

The highest natural point on Funen is Frøbjerg Bavnehøjmarker.

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