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Køpenhavn (English: Copenhagen) is the royal capital of the Scandinavian Realm in that it is the city where the royal family resides. It is also the capital and largest city of Denmark. The metropolitan region is the largest of the entire Scandinavian Realm.


Køpenhavn was found in around the year 1000. It was originally a fishing village that grew in importance after the Bishop Absolon fortified it in 1167. The excellent harbour encouraged Køpenhavn's growth until it became an important centre of commerce. The name itself is a contraction of Køpmannshavn, which means "Merchant's Harbour". In 1254, it received its charter as a city under Bishop Jakob Erlandsen.


Køpenhavn is located on the eastern shore of the island of Sjælland (English: Zealand) and partly on the island of Amager. The metropolitan area is contiguous with the North Han Chinese (Beihanguo) enclave of Hezuocheng.

3.9 million people live in the metropolitan region of Køpenhavn, which includes the municipalities in the northeastern parts of Sjælland and the southwestern parts of Skåne (English: Scania). This makes the region, by far, the largest metropolitan area in the Scandinavian Realm -- larger, in fact, than the administrative capital, Gøteborg (English: Gothenburg).

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