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Nakskov is a town in south Denmark. It is in Lolland municipality in Region Sjælland on the western coast of the island of Lolland. The town has a population of 13,243 (1 January 2013). To the west is Nakskov Fjord, an inlet from the Langeland Belt (Langelandsbælt) that runs between the islands of Lolland and Langeland. Nakskov Fjord is a wildlife reserve, known for its bird life .
Nakskov is in the inner part of the Western inlet of Lolland, which remains one of the agriculturally richest of the Danish islands. The area was settled during the neolithic period and from this period the area has been continuously inhabited. The town received trade privileges in 1266, during the reign of king Erik 5. Glipping of Denmark. Once the export center of the rich farmland region of western Lolland, Nakskov thrived on trade, commerce and industry. This situation changed gradually as overland traffic was enabled by the construction of a railway to the neighboring island of Falster in 1875,. The connection to Sjælland and the national capital of Copenhagen over the Storstrømsbroen bridge in 1937  shifted the flow of goods away from the port of Nakskov. Traditionally a center of manufacturing and industry, Nakskov has turned to commerce and trade, after the industrial boom in shipbuilding ended when Denmark joined the EEC and various subsidies were consequently dismantled.
Nowadays Nakskov is an appealing environment for tourists to visit, with one of the most environmentally conscious and cleanest town environments of Denmark. As technologically and environmentally based enterprises replace the predeceding heavy industries, Nakskov stands out as a pleasurable goal of travel and a center of culture and commerce. In recent years, local government has focused on restoring Nakskov's former architectural beauty, and has restored the town's cityscape into a culturally stimulating and pleasurable entertainment and shopping area, making Nakskov a typically Danish idyllic countryside town, encompassing the ethnic and cultural diversity brought on by globalization.
For locals and visitors, boat services to the small islands of Nakskov Fjord (Slotø, Vejlø, Enehøje, and Albuen) are arranged from the town of Nakskov. A ferry service connects the harbour northwest of the town of Nakskov over the Langeland Belt to the town of Spodsbjerg on the island of Langeland. Local bus service ensures stable transport within the town and to neighbouring areas. Nakskov place in the firth of Lolland also accesses bike routes following the dykes encompassing the Island of Lolland, offering an excellent view of the island's coastline.
Naksov Church with a history dating to the early 13th century has intricately carved works from the Baroque period including the pulpit (1630) by Jørgen Ringnis and the altarpiece (1656) by Anders Mortensen.
Large parts of the wetlands around Nakskov were drained in the 19th century. The dyke along the southern shore of the fjord allows walking or biking to the village of Langø. The picturesque cityscape of Nakskov also appeals to cultural tourism, and favourable price levels attract shoppers from the western Baltic region. Local government's intense attention to environmental technology and awareness also attract a substantial number of visitors using the town as a hub for environmental and cultural tourism.
The Danish sugar museum (sukker museum) is located in Nakskov.
Notable people born in Nakskov
- Hans Niels Andersen (1852–1937) — Danish businessman, founder of the East Asiatic Company.
- Severin From da:Severin From, chess player.
- Mette Jacobsen (b. 1973), Danish freestyle and butterfly swimmer.
- Jens Visby, (b. 1939), architect.
Until January 1, 2007, "Nakskov" was also the name of a municipality (Danish, kommune) covering an area of 33 km², and with a total population of 14,745 (2006). Nowadays Nakskov is integrated into, and encompassed by, Lolland municipality. The last mayor of Nakskov was Flemming Bonne Hansen, a member of the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) political party. Nakskov municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was merged with Holeby, Højreby, Maribo, Ravnsborg, Rudbjerg and Rødby municipalities to form the new Lolland municipality. This new municipality consists of an area of 892 km² and a total population of 48,634 (2007).
Nakskov and surrounding area (up = south) as depicted by the Swedish king's cartographer during the siege of Nakskov in 1658.
- BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark
- Kirsten Weber-Andersen, Otto Norn, Aage Roussell, Gertrud Købke Knudsen, "Nakskov Kirke", Danmarks kirker: Maribo amt, Volume 8, 1951, Nationalmuseet, pages 89-126. (Danish) Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- Nordic Sugar Nakskov", NordicSugar. (Danish) Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data)
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro new municipalities map
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- Lolland municipality's official website (Danish only)
- Official website of the Nakskov Fjord outdoor guide service