Dark Sky Community
Møn and Nyord are two islands in the Zealand Region of southeastern Denmark comprising 223 km2 (86 square miles) of land area. The much-larger island of Møn makes up the bulk of this area and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Denmark. Famous for its white chalk cliffs, Møn offers visitors a slower pace of life compared to the bigger cities of Europe, complete with open countryside, sandy Baltic Sea beaches, and shopping in the market town of Stege. In 2014, residents of Møn began an effort to promote the Islands’ dark skies as a means of economic development and tourism potential, culminating in a joint effort for IDA recognition as both an International Dark Sky Community and an International Dark Sky Park. The reasoning for this approach is that it results in better protection of current nighttime conditions in both the developed and wilderness areas of both islands.