Facts about Ærø
Ærø is a moraine island located at the southerly entrance to Lillebælt (the Little Belt).
It is Denmark’s 12th smallest island and is 88.1 square kilometres (948.30 ft²) in size. Its size makes it the 24th smallest municipal in the country, taking 75thplace on a total list of the 98 Danish municipals. It is just short of the size of the Municipal of Copenhagen.
The island of Ærø forms the southerly boundary of the South Funen Archipelago and lies south of Funen itself, west of Langeland, which is its closest “neighbour”, north of Slesvig-Holstein (separated by the Baltic Sea) and east of the peninsula of Als in Jutland. In terms of the number of residents, the municipal of Ærø is surely one of the Lilliputians; being the fourth-smallest one in Denmark. Anno 2012, there were around 6,700 residents on the island, spread across a number of villages and the three main towns of Marstal (2,395 residents), Ærøskøbing (958 residents) and Søby (539 residents).
On January 1st 2006, the municipals of Marstal and Ærøskøbing were joined to become one: Ærø Municipal. The Town Hall is located in Ærøskøbing.