Although located much closer to Sweden, Bornholm is actually part of Denmark.1 The island, a favored Danish vacation destination, attracts approximately 600,000 visitors each year, but it is renowned for its pastoral atmosphere.2 3
With a surface area of just over 225 square miles, Bornholm has a variety of natural environments ranging from forests to fields.4 Steep cliffs mark the northern end of the island, while the southern end is bordered by beaches that slope gently toward the sea.
Despite its popularity as a vacation spot, Bornholm is also the eponym of Bornholm disease. The malady first identified on the island in the 1930s consists of flu-like symptoms accompanied by severe chest pain, but recovery usually occurs within a few days.5
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- Hartree, Naomi, and Hayley Willacy. Bornholm Disease. Patient.co.uk. 24 Jan. 2012. Accessed 11 Feb. 2014.