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Vendsyssel is the northernmost traditional district of Denmarkmarker and of Jutland. Being divided from mainland Jutland by the Limfjordmarker, it is technically a part of the North Jutlandic Islandmarker. Vendsyssel is part of the North Denmark Regionmarker.

Vendsyssel neighbours Hanherredmarker to the southwest and Himmerlandmarker to the south, across the Limfjord. Whether the island Læsømarker is also a part of Vendsyssel, is a matter of definition. The major towns of Vendsyssel are Hjørring, Frederikshavnmarker, Brønderslevmarker, Sæbymarker, Hirtshalsmarker, Løkken, Nørresundbymarker and, on its northern tip, Skagenmarker. The dominating city is, however, Aalborgmarker which is mainly situated outside Vendsyssel on the southern shore of the Limfjord with Nørresundby as a secondary, northern centre.


According to historians and linguists, the name Vendsyssel may be derived from the Germanic tribe of the Vandals. Syssel is an ancient form of administrative region. Vendel (Old Danish Wændil) was also the ancient name of the Limfjordmarker itself.


Vendsyssel is an important gatehead for transport from the European continent to Norwaymarker and Western Swedenmarker. The European routes E39 and E45 cross the area as motorways. National route 11 connects Vendsyssel with Hanherredmarker and Thy before crossing the Limfjord to western Jutland on the Oddesundmarker Bridge. Danish national road 40 also passes through Vendsyssel.


Vendsyssel is linked to mainland Jutland by bridges and a tunnel:



To Swedenmarker:

To Norwaymarker:

To mainland Jutland:
  • Halsmarker-Egense (crossing the eastern mouth of the Limfjord)

To the island of Læsø:


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