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Place Name Etymology: Common Elements in Danish Place Names

Place names found in the historic Denmark, as well as throughout Scandinavia, are different from other place names in most respects. Most of these place names are very old, and the River Ejder forms a natural and historical boundary between the Old Norse settlements and settlements of Keltic, German, Wendic, Frankish and Slavic origin further south. A few common Germanic place names can be found in the endings -ing, -sted(t) and -bæk (-bek, -bech etc.) but these are exceptions.

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Introduction to Provinces and Regions in Denmark

Denmark present day with the peninsula of Jutland and the two main islands of Funen and Zealand

This is a Geographical introduction to the different Provinces and Regions in Denmark, and how to specify a place name when inquiring into family history.

All countries divide into provinces and regions according to the natural demarcations of the landscape; in a ''Kingdom of Isles'' like Denmark, these geographical borders may be even sharper. The peninsula of Jutland [Jylland] is by nature considered a mayor province as are the other two main islands, Funen [Fyn] and Zealand [Sjælland].

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