Storstrøm County

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Storstrøms Amt

Storstrøms Amt's coat of arms.
Basic Facts
County seat Nykøbing Falster
Area 3,398 km²
Inhabitants 262,781 (2006)
Map
Storstrøm County in Denmark

Storstrøms Amt (English Storstrøm County) is a former county (Danish: amt) on the islands of Zealand (Sjælland), Møn, Falster, Lolland and some minor islands in southeast Denmark. The county was formed on 1 April 1970, comprising the former counties of Maribo and Præstø. The county was abolished effective January 1, 2007, when it merged into Region Sjælland (i.e. Region Zealand).

The county was a somewhat artificial construction as the islands of Lolland and Falster did not traditionally share any institutions with Zealand, but rather with Funen. Locally, the adjectives nordenstrøms and søndenstrøms, i.e. "north" and "south of the Stream" were used to designate the Zealand-Møn and Lolland-Falster parts respectively, as they were separated by the strait Storstrømmen ("The Great Stream") from which the county derived its name.

Insignia[edit]

The official coat of arms featured in chief a goose representing the Goose Tower on Vordingborg Castle in the former Præstø County. The two sea serpents (lindorme) were taken from the arms of the former Maribo County. The stream in the centre represents the Storstrømmen Strait. This coat of arms drifted out of use during the last years of the county's existence, and had effectively been replaced by a logo showing one of the Farø Bridges which span the Storstrømmen Strait, thus linking the northern and southern part of the county.

List of county mayors[edit]

From To County Mayor
April 1, 1970 1984 Søren Trolborg (Social Democrat)
1984 December 31, 1997 Poul Christensen (Social Democrat)
January 1, 1998 September 15, 2004 Ivan Olsen (Social Democrat)
September 15, 2004 December 31, 2006 Bent Normann Olsen (Social Democrat)

Municipalities (1970-2006)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Fortællinger fra Storstrøms Amt (2006), Storstrøms Amt, most importantly pp. 57-66 (Danish)