island, Storstrom amtskommune (county commune), Denmark, in the Baltic Sea. It is separated from southern Sjaelland (Zealand) by Smalandsfarvandet Sound. Lolland has an area of 480 square miles (1,243 square km). Third largest island of the Danish archipelago, its irregular coastline is broken by Sakskobing and Nakskov fjords. There are forests in the north and east, and the marshy southern coastal regions are protected from flooding by sand dunes and dikes. The island's fertile clay loams support tobacco and a thriving sugar-beet industry. Alholm Castle in Nysted was a royal residence in the 12th century and now houses a Veteran Car Museum. Many fine manor houses and estates survive from as early as the 15th century, chief among them Knuthenborg (1866) and Christianssaede (1690). The principal towns are Nakskov, Maribo, Sakskobing, Rodby, and Nysted. Rodbyhavn is the site of a major ferry line to Germany. Pop. (1994 est.) 72,026.
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