Bågø

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Bågø
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Bågø is located in Denmark
Bågø
Location in Denmark
Geography
Location Little Belt
Area 6.2 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Country
Region South Denmark Region
Municipality Assens Municipality
Demographics
Population 35 (as of 2010)
Density 5.6 /km2 (14.5 /sq mi)

Bågø is a small Danish island located in the Little Belt 5 km north-west of Assens on the island of Funen belonging to Assens Municipality. With an area of 6.2 km2, as of 1 January 2010 it has a population of 35.[1] The island is divided into three low slopes reaching a maximum height of 8 meters above sea level. Essentially an agricultural community, the island's population has decreased drastically since 1950. The village, Bågø By, with its large farm houses lies at the centre of the island. There is a ferry connection with Assens.[2]

Location[edit]

On a clear day, a number of other islands can be seen from Bågø: Als to the south, Årø and Bastholm to the west and Brandsø to the north. Funen lies to the east and Jutland to the west.

Bågø Church

History[edit]

The island appears to have been inhabited since the Stone Age as flint tools have been found in the fields and there is evidence of a number old burial mounds. Side-by-side with farming, the island also had an active fishing community but this died out in the middle of the 20th century.

The large, well-kept farms in the centre of the island suffered a major disaster in 1880 when three of them were destroyed by lightning. Bågø Church in the northern part of the island was built in 1861 by the Count of Wedellsborg from the nearby Wedellsborg Estate on Funen. The lighthouse on the island's southern tip was built in 1816 and is now a listed building. In 1872, flooding from a storm caused the island to be divided into three smaller sections.[3]

Bågø today[edit]

The island has a small church and there is a kiosk at the harbour which is open in the summer. The village at the centre of the island is about 2 km from the harbour. There is no public transport. The harbour itself is a popular venue for pleasure craft, mainly from Denmark and Germany. There is a sandy beach on the south coast. The island is unspoilt and has a rich bird life.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danmarks Statistik." Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Bågø", Den store Danske, (Danish) Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Velkommen til Bågø", Baagoe.info, (Danish) Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Baagø - The Square Island in Lillebælt". Retrieved 17 June 2010.

Coordinates: 55°18′30″N 9°49′0″E / 55.30833°N 9.81667°E / 55.30833; 9.81667