Jutland

Jutland (Danish: Jylland) is the mainland part of Denmark. It is a large peninsula connected to the European continent and stretching northwards towards the Scandinavian Peninsula. It's about 350km long from the border with Germany to its northern tip, although the northernmost part is technically an island. It makes up nearly 70% of Denmark's land area and is home to 2.5 million people, roughly half the country's population. Jutland's largest city is Aarhus; the country's capital and largest city, Copenhagen, is not on Jutland, but on the island of Zealand.

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Talk

The local language is Danish, which in some parts of Jutland is spoken with a distinct dialect.

While English speakers are perhaps less prevalent than in Copenhagen, most people under 60 will still have at least some understanding of the language. German language proficiency is far better in South Jutland and the West coast than anywhere else in Denmark. In those regions almost everyone will have a basic understanding of German due to the overwhelming number of German tourists descending on the beaches in the summer months. There is also a small indigenous German-speaking minority along the border. Everyone is bi-lingual.

Get in

By plane

Billund Airport is the main airport on the peninsula, and number two in Denmark as a whole - fields many international flights, and has direct connections with almost every major North European hub. Aalborg and Aarhus airports also sees' substantial traffic, with a few international routes on the schedule. There are also several smaller regional airports dotted around Jutland with a couple of daily flights to Copenhagen.

By car

There is two ways to get into Jutland by car.

  1. By German autobahn A7, crossing the state border at Frøslev
  2. By Swedish motorway E20, through the Oresund Bridge, the Great Belt Bridge and the Little Belt Bridge.

By boat

There are several ferry lines from southern Norway and Sweden to the northern half of Jutland. From across the North Sea and further west, Esbjerg has a ferry connection to Britain and the weekly ferry from Iceland and the Faroe Islands to mainland Europe arrive at Hirtshals. Domestically, from Zealand and Lolland, there are a couple of direct ferry "shortcuts" if you do not want to travel overland via Funen.

Get around

For intercity transportation in Jutland, there is a network of express buses dubbed XBus (map), which connects most major towns and cities on routes without or with little rail service. Prices are set according to distance, as a rule of thumb (while in no way completely accurate) expect to pay around 1 DKK per kilometre.

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