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The name Odense is derived from "Odins vé" (English: Odin's sanctuary), referring to the pagan god of old Norse mythology. The same element also appears in many other Danish cities and towns, as well as in Norway's largest city, Oslo. The word consists of the elements "odin" meaning 'the temple' or 'the sanctuary', and "-vé", meaning either 'meadow' or a cognate form of English woe, cognate with German Wehe. In modern times, Odense remains one of four regional capitals on Funen island; however it has not been officially part of Århus County since 1970 when it became part-of Funen County instead; but was still referred to as such until 1 January 2007 when that county merged into Region Midtjylland ("Mid-Jutland Region").