Mors (island)

Native name: <span class="nickname" ">Morsø

Hanklit cliffs, Mors
Location Limfjord
Coordinates 56°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
Area 368 km2 (142 sq mi)
Region North Denmark Region
Municipality Morsø Municipality
Largest settlement Nykøbing Mors (pop. 9,198)
Population 21,474 (2012)
Pop. density 58.2 /km2 (150.7 /sq mi)

Mors or Morsø is a small island in the shallow sound called Limfjorden in Denmark. It has an area of 367.3 km2 and as of 1 January 2010, it had a population of 21,800.[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).

The development in the number of inhabitants on the island is as follows:


Jesperhus park

Jesperhus Flower Park

The largest flower park in the Nordic countries, Jesperhus is situated in Legind Bjerg, to the south west of Nykøbing. In the park there are over one million species of plants including cacti, palms, a variety of roses and many more colourful flowers. The park also has a butterfly reserve, aquarium, aviarium, terrarium and hatching center.

The Moler Museum

The Moler Museum boasts the largest collection of moler 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 Salerhoj for takeoff.


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.


During the Jutland Peasant rebellion of 1441, Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark, approached the rebel camp at Husby Hole near St Jorgen'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.


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  1. "Danmarks Statistik." Retrieved 28 June 2010.
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