Flensburg is an independent town in the North of the German state Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is the centre of the region Southern Schleswig. After Kiel and Luebeck it is the third largest town in Schleswig-Holstein. The nearest larger towns are Kiel (69 km south) and Odense in Denmark (92 km northeast). Flensburg is Germany's second most northerly town after Westerland on the island of Sylt and its city centre lies about 7 km from the Danish border. In Germany, Flensburg is known for * the nationwide database of traffic violators * its beer Flensburger Pilsener, also called "Flens" * the center of the Danish national minority in Germany * the greeting Moin * the large erotic mail-order companies Beate Uhse and Orion * its handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt The Danish minority in Flensburg and the surrounding towns run their own schools, libraries and Lutheran churches from which the German majority is not excluded. The co-existence of these two groups is considered a sound and healthy symbiosis. In Denmark, Flensburg seems to be mainly associated with its duty-free shops where, amongst other things, spirits, beer and candy can be purchased at cheaper prices than in Denmark. However, owing to the vagaries of the money markets, the bargains are not as great as they once were.

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