The Kattegat Sea Area, Denmark54.7N 11.0E
The Kattegat is a sea area bounded by Jutland (Denmark, left, and extreme north Germany), and Skåne, Halland and Bohuslän (Sweden, upper right).
The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Oresund and the Danish Straits. The Kattegat is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as either a bay of the Baltic Sea, a bay of the North Sea, or, in traditional Scandinavian usage, neither of these.
Waterways that drain into the Kattegat are the rivers of Göta älv at Gothenburg, together with the Lagan, Nissan, Ätran and Viskan from the province of Halland on the Swedish side, and the river of Gudenå from Jutland, in Denmark.
The main islands of the Kattegat are Samsø, Læsø and Anholt, where the latter two, due to their dry summer climate, are referred to as the Danish desert belt. Here, Læsø (top) is surrounded by golden brown sediments.
A number of noteworthy coastal areas abut the Kattegat, including the Kullaberg Nature Reserve in Scania (Swedish: Skåne), Sweden, which contains a number of rare species and a scenic rocky shore.