Mors (island)

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Native name:
Hanklit cliffs, Mors
Denmark location mors.svg
Coordinates56°47′N 8°43′E / 56.783°N 8.717°E / 56.783; 8.717Coordinates: 56°47′N 8°43′E / 56.783°N 8.717°E / 56.783; 8.717
Area368 km2 (142 sq mi)
RegionNorth Denmark Region
MunicipalityMorsø Municipality
Largest settlementNykøbing Mors (pop. 9,198)
Population20,373 (2019)
Pop. density55.5 /km2 (143.7 /sq mi)

Mors or Morsø is a small island in the shallow sound called Limfjorden within Denmark's Jutland peninsula. It has an area of 367.3 km² and as of 1 January 2019, it had a population of 20,373.[1] The main town on the island is called Nykøbing Mors. Geologically Mors is unique. Like the neighbouring island of Fur, it is known for its deposits of diatomite, locally known as 'moler' (mo-clay).


Jesperhus park

Jesperhus Flower Park[edit]

The largest flower park in the Nordic countries, Jesperhus, is situated in Legind Bjerge to the south west of Nykøbing. The park contains wide range of plants, including cacti, palms, a variety of roses and a lot of other colourful flowers. The park also has a butterfly reserve, aquarium, aviary, terrarium and hatching center.

The Moler Museum[edit]

The Moler Museum boasts the largest collection of moler (diatomite) fossils in Denmark and tells the story of moler geology, the natural history of the island, and the relationship between the Danish people and moler including its manufacturing properties. The fossils include imprints of birds, fish, turtles, plants and insects.


Hanklit is situated on the northern coast of the island and is a beautiful cliff face and tourist attraction. The cliff is c. 60 metres high and has several moler deposits. Several people search the cliff face for plant and animal fossils and there are also paragliders who use the nearby hills of Salgerhøj for takeoff.


Mors is known for its shellfish industries; specifically mussel and oyster fisheries and aquaculture. The Danish Shellfish Center (Dansk Skaldyrcenter), part of the Technical University of Denmark, is a research and dissemination center for marine science and aquaculture. The Danish Shellfish Festival takes place in Nykøbing Mors every year in June, celebrating the shellfish industries and Limfjorden traditions.


There is a bridge link to the island from Salling via the Sallingsund Bridge on the southeastern side of Mors, and another from Thy via the Vilsund Bridge on the northwestern side of the island. In addition to these two bridges, there are also ferry links to Thy from southwest Mors and from the north of the island. There is also a small airfield called "Morsø" with ICAO EKNM.


Historical population
1980 24,647—    
1990 23,814−3.4%
2000 22,989−3.5%
2010 21,800−5.2%
2012 21,474−1.5%

During the Jutland Peasant rebellion of 1441, Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark, approached the rebel camp at Husby Hole near St Jørgen's Hill in northern Jutland and sent word that anyone who left the camp and went home would not be punished for rebellion. The men from the island of Mors as well as those from Thisted left, for which they were afterwards called cowards and traitors.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

  • Peter Rochegune Munch (1870–1948) was a leading Danish historian and politician
  • Kirstine Smith (1878 – 1939) was a Danish statistician. She is credited with the creation of the field of optimal design of experiments
  • Aksel Sandemose (1899 – 1965) was a Danish-Norwegian writer.
  • John Degnbol-Martinussen (1947 – 2002) was Professor of international development at Roskilde University, Denmark, and an authority on international development policy.
  • Morten Hedegaard Andersen (born 1972) is a former Danish cricketer
  • Asbjørn Riis (born 1957) is a Danish professional wrestler, actor and TV personality.
  • Mogens Jensen (born 1963) is a Danish politician and current minister for Food, Fisheries and Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation.
  • Karsten Hønge (born 1958) is a Danish politician.
  • Arne Rolighed is a Danish politician, who served as minister of health 2000–2001.


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