Denmark gets brand new national park

The environment minister, Kirsten Brosbøl, has revealed Zealand will be getting its first national park in the near future.

The fjord landscape by Roskilde Fjord – which includes islets, islands, valleys and the large Bidstrup forest areas – has been approved to become Denmark's fourth national park, 'Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land'.

Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land is a huge connecting landscape that offers everything one could wish of a national park,” Brosbøl said. ”There are fjord landscapes, which is a mecca for the many birds – including the White-tailed Eagle.”

”There are also the great east-Danish deciduous forests, the protected country estates and the many cultural elements – such as Roskilde Cathedral, which is on the UNESCO world heritage list.”

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A fifth on the way?
Brosbøl said the new national park will look to utilise its new-found status to promote its tourism attractions, outdoor opportunities and products produced by food producers, artists and other businesses in the local area.

Denmark currently has three national parks: Nationalpark Thy, Nationalpark Mols Bjerge and Nationalpark Vadehavet, which are all located in Jutland. But there could be a fifth on the horizon as the nature authorities are looking into establishing a national park in north Zealand.

Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land is scheduled to be officially unveiled at the end of March.