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Kattegat(kăt`ĭgăt'), strait, c.140 mi (230 km) long and from 40 to 100 mi (60–160 km) wide, between Sweden and Denmark. It is connected with the North Sea through the Skagerrak, which begins at the northern tip of Jutland, and with the Baltic Sea by way of the Øresund, Store Bælt, and Lille Bælt. Göteborg (Sweden) and Aarhus (Denmark) are the chief ports.
a strait between the eastern coast of the Jutland Peninsula and the southwestern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, connecting the Baltic Sea (through the Danish Straits) with the North Sea (through the Skaggerrak). It is about 200 km long, and its width ranges from 60 km in the north to 122 km in the south. The depth varies from 10 to 30 m, and in the northern part it is more than 50 m. In the middle of the Kattegat are the islands of Anholt and Laeso. The strait has two currents: a less saline surface current flowing northward and a more saline deep current flowing southward. During the winter the Kattegat freezes over along the coastal areas. The fish catch includes herring, flounder, and mackerel. The chief port is Goteborg (Sweden).