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Flensburg (in German, Flensburg, in Danish, Flensborg, German under: Flensborg, North Friesland: Flansborj) - Free city (Kreisfreie Stadt) in the northern part of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. After Kiel and Lübeck it is the third largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, the largest city in the Schleswig district and the northernmost free city in Germany. Flensburg is located at the end of the Flensburg Fjord and on the northern border of the Angel Peninsula. After Kiel and Lübeck it is the third most populous city in the state and the first in the Schleswig region (southern).
As the center of the Danish minority in southern Schleswig, Flensburg assumed the leading role of recognizing national minorities following the declaration of the referendum in 1920 and the explanation between Bonn and Copenhagen in 1955, which contains many Danish institutions. Of the not so small part of about 90,000 inhabitants, in addition to the German and Danish languages, the dialect is spoken under German and the dialect of the rooster. Petuh (Petu) is a mixed language of Flensburg, a mixture of German, under German, Danish and southern Jutish spoken in Flensburg on the border between Germany and Denmark.
The closest major cities are Kiel (69 km south) and Odense in Denmark (92 km northeast). Flensburg is the second most northern German city after the neighboring small town Glücksburg and is 7 km from the Danish border.
After the German capitulation in World War II, Karl Dönitz, designated Reichspräsident, continued to act as German head of state in this town. His government in Flensburg-Mürwik (he only controlled a small area around it) was not recognized by the Allied powers and was dissolved when its members were captured and arrested by British forces on May 23, 1945.