Helgoland: Proposed Construction Will Enlarge Deserted Island
Sick of it all? It may not be long before you can immigrate to Helgoland.
Helgoland, an island in the North Sea which was once fiercely contested between Britain and Germany, could nearly double in size under a land reclamation project which won official clearance this week.
The island was a British possession from 1807 till 1890, then became a major German submarine base in two world wars. In an explosion described at the time as the largest non-nuclear detonation in history, Britain blew up the submarine pens in 1947.
The only part of Germany which is not in sight of the mainland is a sleepy tourist resort nowadays, but a Hamburg businessman, Arne Weber, wants to change that, reclaiming a gap between the island's two halves and selling the new land.