|Native name: Sjælland|
The Cliffs of Stevns south of Copenhagen
|Area||7,031 km2 (2,714.7 sq mi)|
|Region||Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand|
|Largest city||Copenhagen (pop. 1,181,239)|
|Density||354.3 /km2 (917.6 /sq mi)|
Zealand, also Seeland (Danish: Sjælland; pronounced [ˈɕɛˌlænˀ]) is the largest island (7,031 km²) in Denmark (the 96th-largest island in the world and the 35th most populous). It is connected to Funen by the Great Belt Bridge, to Lolland, Falster(And Germany from 2021 ) by the Storstrøm Bridge and to Sweden over Amager and the Øresund Bridge.
Mythological origins 
In Norse mythology as told in the story of Gylfaginning, the island was created by the goddess Gefjun after she tricked Gylfi, the king of Sweden. She removed a piece of land and transported it to Denmark, and it became Zealand. The vacant area was filled with water and became Mälaren. However, since modern maps show a similarity between Zealand and the Swedish lake Vänern, it is sometimes identified as the hole left by Gefjun.
Zealand is the most populous Danish island (pop. 2012 est. 2,491,090). It is joined to Funen by the Great Belt bridge and to Scania in Sweden by the Oresund bridge. It is irregularly shaped, and is north of the islands of Lolland, Falster, and Møn.
On June 5, 2007, the regional subsidiary of national broadcaster DR reported that Kobanke hill in the south east, near the town Rønnede in Faxe municipality, with a height of 122.9 m (403.21 feet), was the highest natural point on Zealand. Gyldenløveshøj, south of the city Roskilde, has a height of 126 m (413.4 feet), but that is due to a man-made hill from the 17th century and its highest natural point is only 121.3 m (397.96 feet).
Cities and towns 
Urban areas with +10,000 inhabitants:
See also 
- Media related to Zealand at Wikimedia Commons