Place:Vestsjælland, Denmark

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NameVestsjælland
Alt namesWest Zealand County
Vestjaellandsource: Times Atlas of the World (1985)
Vestsjaellandsource: USBGN: Foreign Gazetteers; Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Vestsjællandsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Vestsjællandssource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988)
Vestsjællands Amtsource: Wikipedia
TypeModern province, Amt
Coordinates55.583°N 11.5°E
Located inDenmark     (1970 - 2006)
See alsoHolbæk, DenmarkParent
Sorø, DenmarkParent
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


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Vestsjællands Amt is a former county (Danish: amt) in the west-central part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The county was formed on 1 April 1970, comprising a few former counties. The county was abolished effective January 1, 2007, when it merged into Region Sjælland (i.e. Region Zealand).

The county was responsible for public hospitals, upper secondary schools and schools for Higher Preparatory Examination, public transport and social welfare for the disabled.

The County Hall was located in the town of Sorø, and became the seat of the new region. Sorø is by no means the biggest city in West Zealand, but it has great historical value. It is famed for the Sorø Academy (Danish, Sorø Akademi), an educational institution built in 1140 together with the church where Queen Margaret I of Denmark was buried (later moved to Roskilde Domkirke, Roskilde).

Many people live in West Zealand but work in the greater metropolitan area of Copenhagen.

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