List of national parks of Denmark

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There are four national parks in the Kingdom of Denmark; three in Denmark proper and one in Greenland.

The first national park in Denmark is Thy National Park (Danish: Nationalpark Thy), created in 2008. It is located in Thisted Municipality, Nordjylland. The park is a narrow stretch of land running down the North Jutlandic Island's west coast from Hanstholm southward to Agger Tange, excluding Hanstholm, Klitmøller, Nørre Vorupør, Stenbjerg and Agger. Thy National Park is named after Thy, an area that includes not only today's national park but also adjacent land further east. The park has dunes, heath, forests and grassland and also covers several small lakes and a small part of the Limfjord, which is the fjord that separates the North Jutlandic Island from the Cimbrian Peninsula.

In August 2009 the second national park, Mols Bjerge National Park was inaugurated, followed by Wadden Sea National Park, the third park, in mid-October 2010.[1] Another two areas in mainland Denmark were selected on 17 January 2008 to become national parks; see the table below for details; they are supposed to become National Parks during the year 2012 or 2013.

Greenland has had its own national park since 1974. The Northeast Greenland National Park stretches over the northern three fifths of Greenland's east coast and, since its expansion in 1988, the eastern two thirds of Greenland's north coast. From these coasts, the park's limits go inland until they meet in the island's centre, so that the park covers the island's entire, almost uninhabited north-eastern quarter.[2]

Like Greenland, the Faroe Islands are another autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark. As of 2008, the Faroes have not set aside any areas as national parks.

List of national parks in the Kingdom of Denmark
Image Name Danish name Region Area in km² Establishment External link
Franz Josef Fjord, glacier.jpg Northeast Greenland National Park

[note 1]

Grønlands Nationalpark Northeast Greenland 972,000 1974
Nørre Vorupør Coast 2012-11-18.jpg Thy National Park Nationalpark Thy Nordjylland 243.7 2008 SNS
Trehoje i Mols Bjerge.jpg Mols Bjerge National Park
(Mols Mountains)
Nationalpark Mols Bjerge Midtjylland 180

[note 2]

2009[3] SNS
Vadehavet.jpg Wadden Sea National Park Nationalpark Vadehavet Southern Denmark 1,466 2010[4] SNS
Skjern Å National Park (Skjern River) Nationalpark Skjern Å Midtjylland 248.7 (project on hiatus since 2012)[5] SNS
Kongernes Nordsjælland National Park Nationalpark Kongernes Nordsjælland Hovedstaden approx. 390 (2012?)[6] SNS

Footnotes[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Official English, Greenlandic or Danish name unknown. A WCMC web page uses “North-east Greenland National Park”. [1]
  2. ^ About 150 km² land and about 30 km² sea.

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