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(shĕ`län) or


(zē`lənd), Ger. Seeland, island (1992 pop. 1,976,882), 2,709 sq mi (7,016 sq km), E Denmark, between the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea. Denmark's largest island, it is separated from Fyn by the Store Bælt and from Sweden by the Øresund. Sjælland includes most of Copenhagen, the Danish capital, and the cities of Roskilde, Helsingør, Hillerød, Holbæk, Næstved, Køge, and Birkerød. The island is generally low-lying, rising to a maximum height of 413 ft (126 m) in the northeast, and has much fertile farmland. Wheat growing, dairy farming, cattle breeding, and fishing are important occupations. Sjælland's northern shore is indented by the many-branched Isefjord. The Store Bælt BridgeStore Bælt Bridge
, link comprising two bridges and a tunnel, S Denmark, across the Store Bælt strait (see Store Bælt and Lille Bælt) between Sjælland and Fyn islands. The entire project was completed in 1998.
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, between Sjælland and Fyn islands, links the island to Denmark's mainland.



or Zealand, an island in the Baltic Sea, part of Denmark. Area, 7,016 sq km (according to other figures, 7,544 sq km).

The shores of Sjælland are mostly low and cut in numerous places by bays and gulfs (the Ise-fjord, the Sejerø Bugt). Sjælland is formed of limestones and clays overlaid with glacial deposits. It is a hilly, mostly morainal plain up to 126 m in height, with some regions in the northwest lying below sea level. Sjælland’s many lakes include Arresø, the largest lake in Denmark. The beech and oak forests have been mostly destroyed. There is agriculture (feed grasses, wheat, sugar beets) and dairy cattle raising. Rail ferries connect Sjælland with Fyn Island and with Sweden. The city of Copenhagen is located on the eastern coast of Saælland and on the nearby island of Amager.

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The transfer of assets to Sparekassen Sjaelland includes around 35,000 customers with total deposits of around DKK3.8bn (USD688m), Finansiel Stabilitet said.
"Day-System was established to end duplication in marketing and distribution," said Sjaelland. "We had too many people trying to sell the same product without any coordination."
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Early on in the author's account, Niemann and Elsebeth Knudsen decide to stretch their wings, leaving a secure, predictable future as managers of an inherited family farm for a troubled, problematic estate on Lindo, an island on Sejrobugten off the coast of Sjaelland. Niemann rejects the farm offered him on a silver platter for an uncertain opportunity -- and for independence.
Ares Management LP (NYSE:ARES) declared on Friday that its real estate group managed funds signed a EUR393m sale agreement for a residential portfolio of about 1,550-unit in the Greater Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Sjaelland and Triangle regions of Denmark to Heimstaden.
10 June 2010 - Danish construction company MT Hojgaard A/S (CPH: HOEJ B) said today that it has acquired the Carlo Lorentzen A/S unit of local sector player Carlo Lorentzen Gruppen, thus strengthening its position on the Zealand (Sjaelland) island.
Danish construction company MT Hojgaard (CPH:HOEJ B) announced today the acquisition of Carlo Lorentzen, part of sector player Carlo Lorentzen Gruppen, aimed at strengthening the company's position on the Zealand (Sjaelland) island.
The bank's CEO Carsten Andersen reportedly said that Sydbank was mainly interested to expand on the island of Zealand (Sjaelland), as it was adequately strong on the Jutland (Jylland) peninsula, and also on the island of Funen (Fyn).
The company also considers to discontinue its production in Lynge, on the Danish Zealand (Sjaelland) island, and to transfer it to Sweden.
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The deal also allows Intertek to buy Statoil's analytical laboratory in Kalundborg, on the island of Sjaelland.