The seat of the municipal council is the island's main town, Rønne.The voters decided to merge the county with the municipalities in a referendum May 29, 2001, effective from January 1, 2003.
) is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, to the east of the rest of Denmark, south of Sweden, northeast of Germany and north of the westernmost part of Poland.
The main industries on the island include fishing, dairy farming, and arts and crafts such as glass production and pottery using locally worked clay. There is an especially large number of Denmark's round churches on the island.
The island had 22 municipalities until March 1970, of which 6 were market towns and 16 parishes.
In addition to supervising parish municipalities, which was the responsibility of the counties in all of Denmark, the market town municipalities of Bornholm were supervised by Bornholm County as well and not by the Interior Ministry as was the case in the rest of Denmark.
It typically takes 3 hours for passengers and freight (ferry :2 hours; driving :1 hour) to travel between Rønne and Copenhagen via Ystad in Sweden.
There is a ferry departure mostly reserved for freight of goods between Rønne and Køge.
Between Bornholm Airport and Copenhagen Airport by airplane it is 25 minutes.
The Ertholmene archipelago is located 18 kilometres (11 miles) to the northeast of Bornholm.
The island is situated between 54/59/11 and 55/17/30 northern latitude and 14/45 and 15/11 eastern longitude.
Directly west of Bornholm across the Baltic Sea mostly on the island of Sjælland are several municipalities of Region Sjælland: Stevns, Faxe, Næstved (the part that used to be the municipality of Fladså) and Vordingborg, including Møn, which is around 135 kilometres (84 miles) across the Baltic Sea.
If there is capacity on a departure, "normal" passengers can come aboard.