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Funen's sole industrial centre and one of the oldest settlements in the country, ODENSE – named after Odin, chief of the Norse gods – gained prominence in the early nineteenth century when the opening of the Odense canal linked the city to the sea and made it the major transit point for the produce of the island's farms. Nowadays it's a pleasant provincial university town of museums and decent shopping, with a large manufacturing sector hugging the canal bank on the northern side of the city, well out of sight of the compact old centre. The oldtown houses some fine museums and – …
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