Nakskov

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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 13,697 (1 January 2010)[1]. 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 [2].

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History

Nakskov is in the inner part of the Western firth 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,[3]. The connection to Sjælland and the national capital of Copenhagen over the Storstrømsbroen bridge in 1937 [4] 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 appears as an appealing environment for tourists to visit, manifesting as one of the most environmentally conscious and cleanest town environments of Denmark. As technologically and environmentally based enterprises replace 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, having restored the towns 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.

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