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Zealand (also Sealand; ; ) is the largest island (7,031 km²) of Denmarkmarker (the 95th largest island in the world). Zealand is connected to Funenmarker by the Great Belt Bridgemarker and to Swedenmarker by the Oresund Bridgemarker.

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagenmarker, is partly located on the eastern shore of Zealand and partly on Amagermarker. Other cities on the island include Roskildemarker and Elsinoremarker.

Mythological origins

In Norse mythology, the island was created by the goddess Gefjun after she tricked Gylfi, the king of Sweden, as told in the story of Gylfaginning. She removed a piece of land and transported it to Denmark, and it became the island of Zealand. The vacant area was filled with water and became Mälarenmarker. However, since modern maps show a similarity between Zealand and the Swedish lake Vänernmarker, it is sometimes identified as the hole left by Gefjun.

Geography

On June 5, 2007, the regional subsidiary of national broadcaster DR reported that a hill, Kobanke, situated in the southeast near the town Rønnedemarker in Faxe municipality, with a natural point of terrain at 122.9 m (403.21 feet), was the highest natural point on Zealand. Gyldenløveshøj, south of the city Roskildemarker has a height of 126 m (413.4 feet), but that is due to a man-made hill from the 1600s and its highest natural point is only 121.3 m (397.96 feet).

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