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Föhr is one of the North Frisian Islands on the German coast of the North Sea. It is part of the Nordfriesland district in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Its area is 82 km², and its population is 8,800. The North Frisian Islands are a group of islands in the Wadden Sea, a part of the North Sea, off the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... The Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is one of the worlds leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe. ... The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... Nordfriesland (literally Northern Frisia) is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the 16 Bundesländer in Germany. ...


The largest town on the island is Wyk on its eastern coast. In addition there are sixteen tiny hamlets, three of them with very old churches from the 12th and 13th centuries. The native population speaks, besides German, a local idiom of the Frisian language known as Föhring or Fering. A local peculiarity is that almost all place names end with the suffix -um (e.g. the villages Nieblum, Utersum, Wrixum etc). Frisian is the tongue spoken by around half a million members of an ethnic group living on the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany. ... Suffix has meanings in linguistics and nomenclature. ...


The island is accessible by a car-ferry connecting the mainland port of Dagebüll and the town of Wyk.


 
 

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