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Inselgeschichten von Amrum - Die Nordstory - NDR

Auf Deutsch, 58 mins. The German North Sea island of Amrum is one of the North Frisian Islands and part of the Nordfriesland district in Schleswig-Holstein. It has ~2,300 inhabitants, is made up of a sandy core of geestland and features an extended beach all along its west coast, facing the open North Sea. The east coast borders to the mud flats and tidal creeks of the Wadden Sea. The sand dunes are a famous part of Amrum’s landscape, resulting in a vegetation that is largely made up of heath and shrubs. The island’s only forest was planted in 1948. Amrum is a refuge for many species of birds and marine mammals like grey seals or harbour porpoises. Settlements have been traced back to the Neolithic age when the area was still a part of the mainland of the Jutland peninsula. During the Middle Ages, Frisian settlers arrived and engaged in salt making and seafaring. A part of the modern population still speaks Öömrang, a dialect of the North Frisian language, and Frisian traditions are kept alive. With the island hosting many endangered species of plants and animals, its soil being largely unfavourable for agriculture, and as a popular seaside resort, Amrum’s population today almost exclusively lives off tourism.

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