Heligoland

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Heligoland
Helgoland
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Flag of Heligoland
Flag
Coat of arms of Heligoland
Coat of arms
Heligoland is located in Germany
Heligoland
Heligoland
Location of Heligoland within Pinneberg district
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CountryGermany
StateSchleswig-Holstein
DistrictPinneberg
Government
 • MayorJörg Singer (Ind.)
Area
 • Total1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Elevation61 m (200 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,357
 • Density800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes27498
Dialling codes04725
Vehicle registrationPI, AG
Websitewww.helgoland.de

Heligoland (/ˈhɛlɪɡlænd/; German: Helgoland [ˈhɛlɡolant]) is a small German group of islands in the North Sea..[2]

It has been controlled by Denmark and between 1807 and 1890 by the British. The islands have a population of 1,650. They are the only German islands not nearby to the mainland and are about two hours' sailing time from Cuxhaven at the mouth of the River Elbe.

Geography[change | change source]

Birdseye view, Heligoland, Germany

Heligoland is located 70 km (44 miles) from the German coast line and actually consists of two islands: the populated triangular-shaped 1 km² (0.4 sq mi) main island (German: Hauptinsel) to the west and the island of Düne (Heligolandic: de Halem) in the east.

Düne is the smaller of the two islands(0.7 km²). It is also lower, surrounded by sand beaches and no-one lives on the island throughout the year.

Often when people talk about "Heligoland" they only mean Hauptinsel.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2016] (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).
  2. Drower, George (2011). Heligoland: The True Story of German Bight and the Island the Britain Forgot. The History Press. ISBN 9780752472805.

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