Amager Øst
Amager Øst is one of the 10 official districts of Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, Denmark
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. It encompasses the part of Copenhagen located on the island of Amager
Amager is a Danish island in the Øresund. The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is partly situated on Amager, which is connected to the much larger island of Zealand by five bridges.-History:...

, east of the major shopping street Amagerbrogade
Amagerbrogade is the main shopping street and thoroughfare of the part of Copenhagen, Denmark, which is located on the island of Amager . It begins at the end of the causeway which connects Amager to Christianshavn and the city centre on the other side of the harbour, and runs south until it...

.Prior to an administrative reform in 2006-08, the district was known as Sundbyøster
Sundbyøster is one of the 15 administrative, statistical, and tax city districts comprising the municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark. It lies on the southeast border of the municipality on the island of Amager...


Amager Øst holds within its limits a heterogeneous mixture of areas, to the north Amagerbro
Amagerbro is an area in the northern part of the island Amager and a district in Copenhagen. The area is known as a working class area, and has approximately 20,000 inhabitants. The district has 2 metro stations. Amagerbro station and Lergravsparken station....

, straddling the border with Amager Vest
Amager Vest
Amager Vest is a district of Copenhagen, Denmark, located on the western part of the island of Amager....

, is a dense "-bro district"-style residential neighbourhoods while other areas are dominated by allotment
Allotment (gardening)
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s, Single-family houses or, sometimes abandoned, industrial sites. Amagerbro used to be a run-down working-class class neighbourhood but has undergone considerable urban renewal. Also the areas along the Øresund coast has undergone considerable redevelopment, most notably with the establishment of Amager Strandpark
Amager Strandpark
Amager Strandpark is a seaside public park in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located on the island of Amager and includes an artificial island and offers a total of of beaches. Amager Strandpark is a Blue Flag beach and the adjacent Kastrup Marina as well as the nearby Dragør Marina also enjoy Blue...

 in 2005 with a 2 km long artificial island and a total of 4.6 km of beaches.


Amager Øst has an area of 8.60 km² and a population of 49,705. The district is bordered by Amager Vest to the west along Amagerbrogade, Tårnby Municipality to the south and Øresund to the east. To the northwest Amager Øst is bordered by Christianshavn
Christianshavn is an artificial island neighbourhood located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in the early 17th century by Christian IV as part of his extension of the fortifications of Copenhagen. Originally it was laid out as an independent privileged merchant's town with inspiration from...

, located on the other side of the broad, former moat
A moat is a deep, broad ditch, either dry or filled with water, that surrounds a castle, other building or town, historically to provide it with a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or artificial lakes, dams and sluices...

 og Slotsgraven, and to the north by Holmen
Holmen, Copenhagen
Holmen is an area in central Copenhagen, Denmark. In spite of its name, deceptively in singular, Holmen is a congregation of small islands, forming a north-eastern extension of Christianshavn between Zealand and the northern tip of Amager....

 which is also located on the other side of the water.


Sundbyøster takes its name from a village in the area founded in the 11th century. By Royal order, Dutch crafts- and boatsmen were granted permission to settle in the area. This started an industrialization of the area, particularly around 1870. In 1902 the northern part of Amager was incorporated into Copenhagen Municipality and a dense working-class neighbourhood developed in the area around Holmbladsgade. By 1980 most industrial activities had been discontinued and the area became dominated by trade and service oriented businesses. In 1997 a programme for urban refurbishment (Danish: Byfornyelse) of the area was commenced.

The M2 line
M2 (Copenhagen)
M2 is a line of the Copenhagen Metro, colored yellow on the map. It runs from Vanløse to Lufthavnen through the center of Copenhagen, sharing track with the M1 from Vanløse to Christianshavn. The line was built along with M1 as part of the redevelopment of Ørestad. The principle of the line was...

 of the Copenhagen Metro opened to Lergravsparken on October 18, 2002 and the extension to Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport is the main international airport serving Copenhagen, Denmark and the Oresund Region. It is located on the island of Amager, south of Copenhagen city centre, and west of Malmö city centre on the other side of the Oresund Bridge. The airport lies mainly in the municipality...

 was inaugurated on September 2007. Another important event in the district's modern history was the opening of Amager Strandpark in 2005. At the administrative reform in 2006-08, the district's name was changed from Sundbyøster to Amager Øst.

Amager Øst today

After urban renewal, particularly the area around Holmbladsgade is today recognized as an attractive and lively residential neighbourhood. An important step in the refurbishment of the area was the construction of the Holmbladsgade Sports and Culture Centre, designed by Dorthe Mandrup.

Amager Strandpark has, since its unauguration in 2005, become the primary beach destination for copenhageners and a venue for a variety of spoarts and cultural activities. Another significant greenspace in the district is Kløvermarken.


  • Amager Strandpark
    Amager Strandpark
    Amager Strandpark is a seaside public park in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located on the island of Amager and includes an artificial island and offers a total of of beaches. Amager Strandpark is a Blue Flag beach and the adjacent Kastrup Marina as well as the nearby Dragør Marina also enjoy Blue...

  • Holmbladsgade Sports and Culture Centre
  • Amager Bio, music venue
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