Bornholm Regional Municipality was also a county in its own right during its first four years from 1 January 2003 until 31 December 2006.From 1 January 2007 all counties were abolished, and Bornholm became part of Region Hovedstaden whose main responsibility is the health service.
The island is situated between 54/59/11 and 55/17/30 northern latitude and 14/45 and 15/11 eastern longitude.The island's topography consists of dramatic rock formations in the north (unlike the rest of Denmark, which is mostly gentle rolling hills) sloping down towards pine and deciduous forests (greatly affected by storms in the 1950s), farmland in the middle and sandy beaches in the south.Strategically located in the Baltic Sea, Bornholm has been fought over for centuries.Directly west of Bornholm across the Baltic Sea mostly on the island of Sjælland are several municipalities of Region Sjælland: Stevns, Faxe, Næstved (the part that used to be the municipality of Fladså) and Vordingborg, including Møn, which is around 135 kilometres (84 miles) across the Baltic Sea.It typically takes 3 hours for passengers and freight (ferry :2 hours; driving :1 hour) to travel between Rønne and Copenhagen via Ystad in Sweden.
Date side Rudersdal
The heat from the summer is stored in the rock formations and the weather is quite warm until October.As a result of the climate, a local variety of the common fig, known as Bornholm's Diamond, can grow locally on the island.However, Swedish speakers often consider Bornholmian to be easier to understand than standard Danish. The intonation resembles the Scanian dialect spoken in nearby Scania, the southernmost province of Sweden.The main industries on the island include fishing, dairy farming, and arts and crafts such as glass production and pottery using locally worked clay. There is an especially large number of Denmark's round churches on the island.
The total area according to and Regional Key Figures) was 588.36 square kilometres (227.17 sq mi) (January 2016). The island is called solskinsøen (The Sunshine Island) because of its weather and klippeøen (The Rock Island) because of its geology, which consists of granite, except along the southern coast.
There are also ferry routes to Sassnitz and Świnoujście.
Between Bornholm Airport and Copenhagen Airport by airplane it is 25 minutes.
It was required that each municipality had more "Yes" votes than "No" votes.
Otherwise the merger would have to be abandoned altogether.