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Tåsinge is a Danish
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

 island south of Funen
Funen
Funen , with a size of 2,984 km² , is the third-largest island of Denmark following Zealand and Vendsyssel-Thy, and the 163rd largest island of the world. Funen is located in the central part of the country and has a population of 454,358 inhabitants . The main city is Odense, connected to the...

, at Svendborg
Svendborg
Svendborg is a town on the island of Funen in south-central Denmark. The town is in Svendborg municipality . Svendborg is the second-largest city on Funen and has a population of 27,009 ....

. The island covers an area of 70 km² and has 6,111 inhabitants.

Tåsinge was once called Thorsinge or Thorsenge, which in the Danish
Danish language
Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in the country of Denmark. It is also spoken by 50,000 Germans of Danish ethnicity in the northern parts of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where it holds the status of minority language...

 means "Thor's
Thor
In Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing, and fertility...

 Bed" or "Thor's Meadow". "Inge" could also mean young, or youngling.

Tåsinge is famous for Valdemars Castle
Valdemars Castle
Valdemars Castle is a small palace situated on the island of Tåsinge near Svendborg in southern Denmark.- History :...

, and was also the setting for the death of Elvira Madigan and Sixten Sparre
Elvira Madigan
Elvira Madigan was a Danish tightrope walker and trick rider, whose illicit affair and dramatic death at the hands of her lover were the subject of the Swedish film of 1967.- Early life :...

.

People who live on Tåsinge used to be referred to as "Tøssinge"



Cultural references

  • Elvira Madigan
    Elvira Madigan
    Elvira Madigan was a Danish tightrope walker and trick rider, whose illicit affair and dramatic death at the hands of her lover were the subject of the Swedish film of 1967.- Early life :...

     and Sixten Sparre. whose tragic love affair has been portrayed in several works of art, most notably in Bo Widerberg's 1967 film Elvira Madigan
    Elvira Madigan (film)
    Elvira Madigan is a 1967 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg, based on the tragedy of the Danish tightrope dancer Hedvig Jensen , working under the stage name of Elvira Madigan at her stepfather's travelling circus, who runs away with the deserter Swedish lieutenant Sixten Sparre .-Plot:Elvira...

    , committed suicide on Tåsinge on 20 July 1889 and are interred in the churchyard of Landet Church in the centre of the island.

See also

  • List of islands of Denmark
  • Ærø
    Ærø
    Ærø is one of the Danish Baltic Sea islands, and part of Region of Southern Denmark. The western portion of the island was the municipality of Ærøskøbing; the eastern portion of the island was the municipality of Marstal...

    , Drejø
    Drejø
    Drejø is a Danish island south of Funen with 72 inhabitants, located in Svendborg municipality. The island covers an area of 4.26 km², and is 5 km long and 2 km wide at the widest place. A ferry plies between Svendborg, Skarø and Drejø....

    , Langeland
    Langeland
    Langeland is a Danish island located between the Great Belt and Bay of Kiel. The island measures 285 km² and, as of 1 January 2010, has a population of 13,277. The island produces grain and is known as a recreational area. A bridge connects it to Tåsinge via Siø - a small island with a...

    , Lolland
    Lolland
    Lolland is the fourth largest island of Denmark, with an area of 1,243 square kilometers . Located in the Baltic sea, it is part of Region Sjælland...

    - other nearby islands.