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The inhabited small island of Borkum is part of (the island group) Wadden Islands and is located in the country of Germany, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 10 km. The nearest (main) land is The Netherlands and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 32.4 km2 and is therefore 0.085 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Wadden Sea and the total coastal length is about 35.9 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 11 km by 7.5 km (maximum width). The island is West - East oriented. The highest point is only 6 meter. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 53.59 (53°35'32.2116), 6.72 (6°43'15.5928).


The population is 5133 and the population density is thus on 167 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Borkum (located in the West of the island). Other places on the island are: osland (M). The island is located in the Northwest of the country Germany. It is located in the administrative unit State Lower Saxony (local administrative level-name Land), in the District Leer (local administrative level-name Landkreis). Direct neighboring islands of Borkum are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Rottumeroog Located 11.6 km WestSouthWest of the island.
2) Zuiderduintjes Located 12 km SouthWest of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 261 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of sand. The land use on the island of Borkum consists of Sand - Rock 4.8 km2 (15%), nature 13.6 km2 (42%), wet nature 5.5 km2 (17%), and agriculture 3.2 km2 (10%),


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