151. From A to B, Literally

20 Jun

The shortest place name in the world can be claimed by a small fishing village in Norway. The name is – Å.

It is pronounced ‘aw‘ and it means river in Scandinavian languages. It lies inside the arctic circle and is the proud location of the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.

There are other places called Å, but this one is special. It is special thanks to a new cycling route that started there and went, from Å to the hamlet of Bee in Nebraska, USA. From A to B, literally, or at least as close as you can get without founding your own settlement, which is cheating.

The route is 5600 miles long and goes through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and America. The result of the curious route is that Å has now become a minor tourist spot, attracting those who love brevity in place names, or quite like cycling. for this increased fame ,Å has paid the price. The road sign for the village is a bit of a novelty; and is frequently stolen.

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