The shortest village in the world


NA UY No one can further shorten or try to call off the name Å of a village located on the beautiful Lofoten Islands.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, in Wales, is certainly the longest named town in the world, with 58 characters. While the village has the shortest name of the planet is Å.


This village of about 150 inhabitants is located on the southern tip of the Lofoten Islands, in the Nordland district, northern Norway. Photo: Someform.

Locals pronounce Å like the word aw (/ ɔ /) in English. In the past, this village did not have such a short name, but its original name was a word in ancient Norse, meaning "small river". In fact, Norway has at least seven villages called Å, and the village Å on the Lofoten Islands is the most popular place for tourists.

The "Å" signboard here was often stolen by pranksters, so that the villagers had to replace it with Lofoten's "Å i Lofoten" - Å. But after residents complained too much, the government used the same one-letter sign.


The signboard of the village. Å is the last word in the Norwegian alphabet. Photo: World Surroundings.

In 2004, Paul Parry, a British writer and comedian, decided to start a cycling journey from Point A to Point B. Parry had departed from Village làng, Norway to Bee Village, Nebraska, America. Despite cycling, he still had to go by the sea and revealed he had run a marathon on the yacht Queen Mary 2 from Southampton, England to New York, USA. When Parry arrived in the tiny Bee village three months after his departure, the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, called it A to B.

Not only are Norwegian villages Å named after a single letter, the world has many destinations similar to the Scottish River E, or the land of Ø (meaning the island) in the middle of the Nørreå river valley of Dan Mach, U urban area in Micronesia (USA), Y town in northern France. In addition, many places completely avoid names containing consonants, such as the Eiao Island of the French archipelago of Marquesas in the Pacific Ocean, the town of Aiea near Honolulu (Hawaii, USA) and a poetic stream in Roraima, Brazil. Aauaua name.

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