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A GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS

LOL L A ND’S PAST, PR ESENT A ND FUTU R E

F ROM OUTSK I RT TO G ROW T H CENTR E

I N TE R NATI O NA L LEA R N I N G

A journey back in time through Lolland’s history.

Business Lolland-Falster assists in the region’s growth.

Education options in Lolland for all ages.

AUGUST 2021

LOLLAND


Lolland International School

Find more information on lollandinternationalschool.dk and newcomers.lolland.dk

Free international school Lolland International School offers a unique, free and bilingual school programme; where children from international families can receive a world-class Cambridge certified education.

Join us at the journey Lolland is an attractive area in the midst of a rapid development due to the upcoming tunnel across the Femern Belt, which will create great new opportunities for business, tourism and the areas’s residents.

The region has a fantastic nature, a large labour market, a dynamic housing market, a well-functioning infrastructure, and a healthy culture of work-life balance. There is high demand for labour, many exciting and attractive employment opportunities, and a sound infrastructure that makes commuting in the area quite easy. There is already a large international environment on Lolland, and in the coming years the area will develop into a new international hub connected to both Scandinavia and Central Europe


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EDITORIAL

LOLLAND

A HIDDEN GEM FOR INTERNATIONALS. The first weeks and months in a new country can be exciting yet disorienting as you adapt to your new life and surroundings. A lot of things can cause uncertainty during the first few days. For example, you might feel anxiety about your new job, or worried that you won’t be able to figure out the public transportation system; or maybe you want to find the best places to buy your groceries and understand the differences between ‘letmælk’ and ‘minimælk’.

WRITERS Sarah Redohl Ophelia Wu Monika Pedersen Michaela Medvedova Nikolaos Papadopoulos Vera Spangler Laura Wintemute

CREATIVE MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER Terumi Mascarenhas LAYOUT The International PRINT Aller Tryk

LOLLAND A GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS

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Many internationals relocate for work, but increasing numbers are moving for other reasons. It can be incredibly challenging for those moving abroad and leaving their support networks behind to settle into a new lifestyle. The ease of integrating into new countries is also dependent on factors such as the destination location. Enter the most up-and-coming destination that is currently going through a significant rebrand – the relaxing family island of Lolland. Hailed as one of the most agriculturally rich areas in Denmark and primarily known all over Scandinavia for its delicious apples, pears, and sugar, it is now becoming known for an area on the brink of development explosion.

EDITOR Lyndsay Jensen

In this handy guide for internationals, we give you a glimpse of what to expect from your new home. The upcoming Fehmarn Belt construction, new public international school, work-life balance that Danes are famous for, business opportunities, and many other interesting articles. I think it’s pretty clear to see why Lolland is fast becoming the newest international attraction hub. LOLLA ND’S PAST, PR ESENT A ND FUTU R E

FROM OUTSKIRT TO GROW TH C ENTR E

INTER NATIONA L LEA R NING

A journey back in time through Lolland’s history.

Business Lolland-Falster assists in the region’s growth.

Education options in Lolland for all ages.

Happy settling in... Lyndsay Jensen - Editor & Founder

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WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR

Lolland is ready

to welcome internationals When internationals move to Lolland, they will find both peaceful silence and quick access to pulsing metropoles but most of all, a warm and welcoming community. Michaela Medvedova talks to Mayor Holger Schou Rasmussen.

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International School can also help global students Starting a new life - especially abroad - begins with and their families become a part of the commuexploring. When internationals move to Lolland, nity. And if Danish is a barrier, Lolland Sprogskole one of the most beautiful things they can first see offers free language classes to those living in Lolis the island’s coastline that spans more than 300 land. km. And who knows, maybe they will meet the Also ready to help the internationals settle are mayor, Holger Schou Rasmussen, as the coastline is international consultants and three local ambaswhat he loves most about his island. sadors, offering a helping hand with all practical With Lolland International School opening its matters and inviting them to join local groups in doors in August and the Fehmarn Belt Link, an the area. immersed tunnel scheduled to connect Lolland All systems are in place to integrate internawith Germany by 2029, the municipality is about tionals into the way of life in Lolto become the home of many new land - but the connection goes both internationals. “EVERY YEAR, ways. “Maybe we can get new input And Holger will make sure they I MEET NEW and ideas from the outside. It is good receive a proper welcome. “Every CITIZENS IN THE to learn something new, to build a year, I meet new citizens in the MUNICIPALITY new municipality. The internationals municipality by holding a party BY HOLDING will be a part of the new history of for them. With many foreigners Lolland,” says Holger. arriving, we are making sure the A PARTY The region offers them both information is available in English FOR THEM.” quiet nature and infrastructure to help them navigate their life in that allows people to go to exciting Denmark and the municipality of metropoles for a day’s trip. But it provides someLolland. We have welcomed foreign workforces for thing else, as well - assurance of home. “When the many decades now. We have always had an open refugees came from Syria to Lolland in 2015, I saw mind to welcoming people from other countries,” how empathetic Lolland citizens were. So too will explains Holger. we see the same welcoming for internationals; Volunteers are also at the meetings to present they will be welcomed with open arms,” concludes the associations and clubs in the region. With the mayor as he extends his invitation. THE-INTL its bilingual teaching, the newly opened Lolland

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SETTLING IN

Helping you settle in your new city You’ve finally landed on Danish soil. Laura Wintemute advises you on all necessary documentation and to-do lists you will need to complete your move here.

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Pick up EU/EEA Residence Permit EU/EEA/Swiss citizens need to apply for a Residence Certificate at International Citizen Service in Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense or Copenhagen or at SIRI, the State Administration (Statsforvaltningen).

Register for your CPR Once your work permit is in order, you will have to make a trip to either an International Citizen Service (Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense or Copenhagen) or to your local municipal Citizen Service Centre (Borgerservice) to finalise the registration for your CPR. You will need this for everything, including opening a bank account, getting a Danish phone number, borrowing books from the library, signing up at the gym and taking out insurance. It’s your magical key to Denmark.

Documents needed: ■ Passport/national ID card with photo ■ Passport photo ■ Residence and work permit from the Danish immigration authorities (non-EU/EEA citizens only) ■ Proof of address in Denmark (signed leasing contract) ■ Marriage certificate ■ Birth Certificates of children under 18 Once you’ve successfully registered, the municipality will send you the physical CPR card in the post. This could take 6

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up to 2-4 weeks. In connection with your registration, you will be assigned a doctor (GP), which will allow you the same benefits in the Danish Health Care system as other Danish citizens. The name and address of your assigned GP will be written on your CPR card. Consider your GP as “The Gate Keeper” to anything concerning your medical needs. Everything goes directly through them. Your GP is your child’s paediatrician, optometrist, gynaecologist, and sometimes even your family therapist. If they can’t help you, they will refer you to a specialist.

Apply for your Danish Tax card When you work in Denmark, you will need to pay income tax, and for this, you will need a tax card. When you visit the International Service Center to register for your CPR, you can also apply for your tax card simultaneously, or you can complete the online form 04.063 on www.skat.dk Documents needed: ■ Signed work contract ■ Marriage certificate (if applicable) ■ Passport/national ID card

Bank Account & Nemkonto To be paid by your employer, you will need a Danish Bank account. There are many banks in Denmark to choose from; however, you will need your CPR number first, as with everything else in Denmark.


Documents needed: ■ Your passport/national ID card ■ Your employment contract (workers) or letter of acceptance from your educational institution (students) Since 2005, Denmark has had a special regulation that requires all those who live or work in Denmark to report a designated bank account known as a Nemkonto to the state. Nemkonto is a bank account into which payments from your employer and the state are made (e.g. tax refunds). http://www.nemkonto.dk/

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■ Unemployment

insurance (Arbejdsløshedsforsikring) insurance (Livsforsikring) ■ Legal protection insurance (Retshjælpsforsikring) ■ Car insurance (Bilforsikring) – if you have a car ■ Dog insurance (Hundeforsikring) – if you have a dog ■ Life

Driver’s License EU/EEA/Swiss: Valid driver’s licenses issued within the EU are valid in Denmark. Non-EU: Depending on the country you are coming from, you can drive on your valid foreign driving license for 90 days from the day you establish residence in Denmark.

NemID, Eboks & Digital Post NEMID is a secure log on to Internet services. e-Boks is your online mailbox for mail from public authorities (tax, pension etc.). You can apply for your NemID at your Citizen Service Center or your bank. E-BOKS is a secure electronic mailbox where you can receive and store documents that you usually receive in the post. e-Boks is free of charge. However, this can only be set up once you have your NemID. To create an e-Boks account on www.e-boks.com and follow the instructions or download the e-Boks app. DIGITAL POST is for all citizens in Denmark above the age of 15, registered with a CPR number must register for Digital Post. Digital Post includes letters from hospitals, pension statements, information about state education support (SU), changes to housing benefits, replies to childcare applications, letters from the Danish Tax and Customs Administration (SKAT), etc. Your digital post can be accessed on either two secure websites – www.lifeindenmark.dk or from your e-Boks.

Media Licenses In Denmark, anyone owning a radio, a television, a smartphone or a computer capable of receiving and displaying pictures must pay a media fee (medielicens). The fee applies to the entire household. You must pay even if you do not watch or listen to the radio or TV channels. You pay for owning the equipment. The fee is a statutory equipment tax, and it is payable in advance every six months. The fee is DKK 1,353 per year.

Insurances Some of the essential insurances in Denmark are: ■ Personal liability insurance (Ansvarsforsikring) ■ Household insurance (Indboforsikring) ■ Accident insurance (Ulykkesforsikring)

After 90 days, you must exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish driving license. To exchange your foreign driving license for a Danish one, you are requested to complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and a practical part). Contact the Citizen Service Center, where you live, for further information and exchange your foreign license. It will cost you DKK 280 to exchange your old license for a Danish one. Documents needed: ■ A passport photo ■ Residence documents ■ Your current driving licence ■ Your passport/national ID card ■ A medical certificate issued by your doctor ■ A written declaration that your driving licence has not been revoked within the last five years and that your right to drive has not been restricted or made conditional in any way

Parking There are different ways to pay for parking: Mobile payment: Download an app from one of the providers (EasyPark is the most common) Residential or commercial parking licence: Different parking licenses are available to permanent residents within the pay zone or in an area with time-restricted parking. For more information and prices, visit www.parkering.kk.dk/en The Lolland Kommune website has further details that will be helpful on your arrival: https:// newcomers.lolland.dk/citizenservice THE-INTL www.the-intl.com

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HISTORY

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Lolland’s past, present and future

Lolland’s history with internationals is deeply rooted. Monika Pedersen takes us on a journey of the area.

We commonly hear the phrase ‘history repeats itself’, which often has negative connotations, but this is not the case when talking about Lolland. The area has had strong international connections in the past. But now, due to the Fehmarn Belt and other opportunities, internationals are migrating back to the area again.

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Days gone by, Lolland was spelt ‘Laaland’, meaning ‘low land’. It is the fourth largest island, covering 1,243 square km, with approximately 60,000 residents, and located at the southern tip of the Zealand region. In prehistoric times, it was, in fact, physically connected to Germany. These links remain, with a healthy traffic of locals, Germans, and other nationalities travelling back and forth via the Rødby to

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Puttgarden ferry link. Thus, the area draws a sizeable number of visitors to our shores.

Agricultural backbone Lolland is blessed with rich soil and, as such, has a long history of agriculture. The island was initially divided into 45 estates that each sold their specialities. This is still, in part, true today with goat and sheep cheese heralding from Knuthenlund, cherry


the biggest shipyards in Denmark and attracted multitudes of workers until its closure in 1987. In more recent years, Lolland has been famous for erecting the first offshore wind farm, commissioned by Ørsted near Vindeby, which powered 2,200 homes.

New ventures However, it is the latest two ventures that are bringing internationals back to Lolland. It cannot get more significant than the Fehmarnbelt link, an 18 kilometre long immersed tunnel comprising four lanes of motorway and two electric rail tracks. It will be the world’s longest tunnel of its type. The project’s success relies on the partnership of experts from around the globe. For this to be viable, Lolland’s municipality, with the support of outside investors and businesses, has built the first public international school in Denmark to provide an educational and communal hub for internationals and locals. The school is founded on diversity, open-mindedness, and community and will provide bilingual education. So, with new industry, new school, cost-effective housing, plenty of space, and beautiful surroundings, Lolland is set to remerge onto the international stage. THE-INTL

“Copenhagen is not that far away if we want to attend events, but often our cultural needs are covered locally.” After relocating twice between the city of Copenhagen and countryside Lolland, my husband and I missed nature and the local people so much that we eventually found our forever home in Gulborg. - Lise Ravnkilde -

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wines from Frederiksdal, and craft beers from Krenkerup, which has, in fact, been home to the same Danish family since 1367. In addition, there are sweet apples and pears from the tiny sister island, Fejø, just to mention a few gastronomic delights. There is a steady tourist business including summer house hire, especially from our German neighbours. However, the backbone of industry has been and continues to be wheat, rapeseed, and sugar beet farming. The sweet beet industry has deep roots with Polish seasonal farm workers. They supported Denmark in elevating its sugar production, which has resulted in a lucrative sugar industry. First arriving in 1870, it was hard, physical labour that paid little but provided steady work from April to December. The workers were housed in barracks and had a simple existence. However, in 1908, a law improved working conditions by ensuring workers were given a standardised contract, certain benefits, and reasonable accommodation conditions. As such, the workers continued to work in Lolland until 1929, and a large number decided to remain long term and integrate into Danish society. The barracks, known as ‘Polakkaserne’, is now a museum designed by Henrik C. Glahns, a renowned Danish architect, so that the Poles’ legacy and contribution is not forgotten. The Santa Birgitta church in Maribo is also a relic of the roman catholic religious provision for the Poles and churches built in Naskov and Nykøbing. And it is not only the Polish that has links with Lolland. Lolland stretched its tentacles as far as Asia through its connection with the East Asiatic Company owned by H.N. Andersen, who founded the shipyard in Nakskov. The company was involved in the movement of passengers and freight between Copenhagen, Bangkok and the Far East and the development of large, commercial motor ships. It was one of

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FEHMARN BELT

A gateway to central Europe

Femern A/S

One of Europe’s most important infrastructure projects and record-breaking feat of modern engineering will bring Denmark and Germany even closer, writes Nikolaos Papadopoulos. 10

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mark and Germany and connecting Lolland is Denmark’s fourth-largest the Bays of Kiel and Mecklenburg, it island, a quiet place of rolling meadwill offer another connection point ows, sandy beaches, and picturesque and unparalleled ease of access beforests. It is a place that attracts visitween the two neightors looking for a bours. The Fehmarn quiet retreat close “IT WILL TAKE AN AVERBelt tunnel will to nature and away AGE OF TEN MINUTES TO comprise of a fourfrom the hustle of CROSS BY CAR AND SEVEN lane motorway and big cities. However, MINUTES BY TRAIN.” two electrified rail it will also be home tracks. It will directly to a veritable feat of employ up to 3000 people for its conmodern engineering in a few years: struction, not counting around 500 the Fehmarn Belt Link, the world’s expected apprenticeship positions. longest immersed tunnel. Expected to The amount of steel to be used in its be completed in 2029, fully backed by construction will be the equivalent the Danish Ministry of Transport, and of 50 Eiffel Towers, and it will cost a at 18 kilometres of length, the tunnel total of 52.6 billion DKK to build. It will provide another direct road and will take an average of ten minutes rail link to the other side of the Danto cross by car and seven minutes by ish-German border, from Lolland’s train; it takes the current ferry service Rødbyhavn to the German island of an average of 45 minutes to cross the Fehmarn and through there to the Fehmarn Strait. The tunnel will, of rest of the country and continent. course, be constructed according to Named after the Fehmarn Belt, the highest standards of safety and the body of water separating Den-

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security, ensuring a smooth, comfortable journey for all. It is supported by the European Union through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme and is one of the continent’s largest and most important infrastructure projects. However, the most apparent reason behind its construction is its most obvious benefit: the drastic reduction of its time to cross from Denmark to Germany. This not only applies to its two endpoints but also to traffic from other areas of Denmark, such as Funen and Zealand. Traffic is usually routed through Jutland, so both holidaymakers and freight services will benefit from the reduction. This will also lead to less congestion on Denmark’s busy railways and more passenger trains. The tunnel’s construction will effectively eliminate one of the bottlenecks of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean (ScanMed) Corridor, closing a significant gap in the European transport network. The ScanMed corridor, running from Northern Scandinavia to Malta, is one of the nine prioritised transport corridors within the EU. Allowing for more rail transport in the corridor improves mobility between Scandinavia and Central Europe, supporting and enhancing the free flow of goods and services within the EU. Most importantly, though, the tunnel will contribute towards Europe’s green drive and achieving its strategic environmental goals. Denmark is at the forefront of Europe’s green transition, and the island of Lolland is at the epicentre of that transition. The project falls in line with the country’s climate targets, improving the competitiveness of low emission transport of goods and passengers; the reduction in road and rail travel distances and times, along with the trimming of ferry operations, which all will have a significant positive effect on emission reduction for the whole continent. THE-INTL www.the-intl.com

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BUSINESS

From outskirt to growth centre

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Among the fields of sugar beets, rapeseed, and wheat on the islands of Lolland and Falster, something else is growing. For the better part of a decade, the Lolland-Falster region has been positioning itself as one of Denmark’s major areas of economic growth. “Lolland-Falster has hidden potential in light of the large infrastructure projects that are happening in the area,” Mikkel Wesselhoff, CEO of Business Lolland-Falster (BLF), said. When the Femern tunnel is complete in 2029, the 18-kilometre tunnel beneath the Baltic Sea will connect Scandinavia and Germany, placing LollandFalster in the middle of a bustling trade route. BLF, a nonprofit organisation supporting business and job development in the Lolland-Falster region, is striving to maintain the region’s economic development through the completion of the tunnel and beyond. “Our mission is to contribute to the growth of businesses and create jobs,” Wesselhoff said. “We do this by supporting businesses in their development and promoting our region, with the goal of attracting investors to help our businesses scale.” BLF offers free business consultancy services, start-up assistance, training, and workshops, as well

Photographer: Business Lolland-Falster

Lolland-Falster is in the middle of a paradigm shift from its provincial past to one of Denmark’s foremost areas of growth but the two islands aren’t losing their roots. Sarah Redohl reports on Business Lolland-Falster’s assistance in the region’s efforts.

as additional in-depth services for its members. “We are very accessible to all businesses in the region,” said BLF Business Development Manager Christiane Paaske-Sørensen. “We strive to be easy to work with and minimise red tape.” Originally from California, Paaske-Sørensen settled down in Lolland with her Danish husband. She is passionate about her home in Denmark, and recognises the value her job can bring to the region. “There are many old families who have been cultivating these lands for generations,” she said, her husband among them. Although the region will remain an agricultural hub and has plans to expand its footprint in agrifood production, it’s also attracting new industries. And BLF is leading the charge.

Green fields, blue food “We believe that future investments are based on sustainable principles and business areas,” Wesselhoff said. “Therefore, BLF and the municipalities work on a common vision, balancing business with nature.” For example, BLF has played a role in the region’s shift from producing raw food products to value-added products (selling an apple versus sellwww.the-intl.com

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the development of these initiatives.” ing apple sauce). They’ve also been “LOLLAND-FALSTER HAS For example, a recent joint iniexperimenting with crops new to HIDDEN POTENTIAL IN tiative between the municipalities the region that are becoming more LIGHT OF THE LARGE and the European Union to identify prevalent in modern diets, such as INFRASTRUCTURE aquatic opportunities. The initiative quinoa. PROJECTS THAT ARE aims to identify ways to make better, “We’re learning how we can HAPPENING IN THE AREA.” more sustainable use of the water make more with the land we have MIKKEL WESSELHOFF, CEO OF surrounding both islands. and improve our crop diversity,” BUSINESS LOLLAND-FALSTER Already, the initiative has identiPaaske-Sørensen said. “The tunnel fied several invasive fish species that will give those efforts a boost, but can be used as a food ingredient or livestock feed that was already happening without the tunnel. We while bringing the native ecosystem back into balwant to be even more of a food centre than we alance. ready are.” “It’s a way we can turn an unwanted resource The region is also striving toward greater sustaininto an asset,” Paaske-Sørensen said. “It’s called blue ability, within and beyond its agricultural legacy. BLF food production.” Blue food, defined as all edible has been engaged in a project, Green Gas Lollandaquatic organisms from fish to algae, is expected to Falster, to build a new pipeline between South Zeaplay a major role in sustainably producing food for land, Falster, and Lolland, for the transport of biogas. the world’s growing population. Biogas is a renewable fuel produced from organic matter, such as food scraps and animal waste - two items agricultural regions like Lolland-Falster have Green energy, good jobs in spades. Business Lolland-Falster has also been engaged in the “With our agricultural production, we have a lot region’s growing green energy sector. Lolland-Falster of waste,” Paaske-Sørensen said. “Although much of is home to several offshore and inland wind farms, it is already being reused in other ways, this just exas well as solar farms. “This region has the highest pands what we can do to minimise waste.” percentage of sunny days in a year, compared to the According to Wesselhoff, BLF’s role is to facilitate, rest of Denmark,” Paaske-Sørensen said, adding that service, and promote such initiatives. “We are priLolland-Falster currently produces seven times more marily the neutral point of contact between stakeelectricity than it consumes. holders,” he said. “We’re usually at the forefront in “For years, we have been working on green ini-

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“ONCE THEY REACH THE POINT THAT THEY WANT A FAMILY, A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LEFT CHOOSE TO COME BACK HERE.”

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CHRISTIANE PAASKE-SØRENSEN, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER AT BUSINESS LOLLAND-FALSTER

tiatives and our area has become an epicentre for these activities,” Wesselhoff said. “Green growth is critical in its potential to create jobs as well as enhance existing business clusters and ecosystems.” In order to staff the increasing number of jobs coming to the region, BLF and its partners are striving to offer educational and training opportunities to the region’s residents. “We do have a need for qualified workers down here, but we are striving to utilise the people who already live here so they can provide that missing resource for us,” Paaske-Sørensen said. “Having more job opportunities is also key to keeping young people from leaving to grow their careers elsewhere.” She said it’s fairly common for people growing up in the region to leave Lolland-Falster to pursue higher education. Many tend to launch their careers elsewhere. “Once they reach the point that they want a family, a lot of people who left choose to come back here,” she said. Wesselhoff said interest in moving to the region has also grown during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially as more people are able to work remotely.“They no longer have to be in the big cities in order to find the most fulfilling or well-paid jobs,” he said.“They choose places like Lolland-Falster because of its relatively short distance to greater Copenhagen, but with access to nature, better work-life balance, and lower cost of living.”

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Falster, the region has a history of creating conditions for its success. “We’re a small community with a lot of family businesses who are trying to make things happen and create new jobs here,” Paaske-Sørensen said. BLF strives to make starting a business easy within the region. “We have dedicated start-up efforts that provide advice and guidance in all phases - from business idea development to scaling and investment,” Wesselhoff said. BLF also has an incubator called the Startup Lab in Nykøbing Falster. “I think we’ve done a very good job establishing the ecosystem to start new businesses here,” PaaskeSørensen said. She believes these services could be useful to internationals in the region, particularly among accompanying spouses. “If they can’t find a job, they can make their own.” However, she acknowledges how intimating starting one’s own business is, especially in a country and language with which you may be less familiar. “Being able to have someone to help you with that is integral,” Paaske-Sørensen said, adding that BLF is happy to provide assistance in English. “This region is going to become increasingly international in the next 10 years,” she said. Having lived in Denmark for 20 years, PaaskeSørensen has seen firsthand how an increasing number of internationals coming into Denmark has shifted mindsets and brought new ideas to the table. “I think having more internationals here opens our region up to the world.” THE-INTL

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AREAS OF LOLLAND

Exploring

pancake island It’s true, one would not find hills on Lolland - but if you are a fan of beautiful lakes or historic cathedrals. Michaela Medvedova unveils the island’s beauty.

A relaxing day on the water in Maribo Maribo, the administrative centre of the Lolland Municipality, is home to the newly-opened Lolland International School - the first public international school in the country which is fully funded by the municipality. Offering bilingual education will mainly be aimed at children from international families coming to Lolland to construct the Fehmarn Belt Link. The city lies amid Maribo Lakes Natural Park, a system of four lakes visitors can explore with a boat tour. The area also has sightings of unique species of birds - and you can add the magnificent Maribo Cathedral to the view! Situated on the banks of one of the lakes, the 15th-century structure was later restored to its original Middle Ages look. The cathedral is not the only source of history in the area of Maribo. The Maribo Lakes Natural Park is also the home of the Open Air Museum, where visitors can experience life and witness the architecture of days gone by. In search of great music? Every year in July, Maribo gathers top-notch jazz musicians for Maribo Jazz, teaser 16

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headlines of “Danmarks hyggeligste jazzfestival”.

Future in the Nakskov Fjord At the mouth of the Nakskov Fjord, a wildlife reserve lies the biggest city of Lolland - Nakskov. Coming to life in the 13th-century as a market town, visitors can admire a piece of Danish history as they walk on one of the country’s oldest pedestrian streets or admire the Nakskov Church (Sankt Nikolai Kirke) with historical carvings originating in the Baroque period. But the city does not dwell on its history - Nakskov is looking ahead with a development initiative, Nakskov 2030, to propel the town into the future, strengthen it as Lolland’s centre, and attract visitors to the island. It will consist of 12 projects focused on improving urban spaces and creating new experiences. The development will take place in three areas - the historic city centre, Nakskov’s active harbour, and Hestehoved - the area and beach lying close to the fjord. Both Nakskov and Maribo are also the home of FrivilligCenter Lolland, the volunteer organisation that supports and strengthens all voluntary associations in the municipality.

Ready, set, go! Get active in Rødby An area in the south of Lolland is

Maribo / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

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Although Lolland has many varied areas, we would like to focus on four of our top picks.

where the action is. The originally Medieval city of Rødby - and now a ferry centre of the island - is the place to visit for a bit of adrenaline-filled fun. The parachute club in the area offers the highest tandem jump in Denmark! Rødby is also where you can learn more about the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Link, which will connect Rødbyhavn with Germany. The tunnel, which will bring many international workers into the area, is scheduled to


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Nakskov / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

Rødbyhavn / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

Hestehovedet strand / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

Nakskov Sankt Nikolai Kirke / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

Maribo Lake / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

And every summer since 1971, the island of Femø welcomes over two hundred women who gather there for a women’s camp - Kvindelejren - where women from Denmark and abroad gather and spend their holiday together for 8-9 weeks. Every week carries a different theme - from sports week to debate week - and the friendly atmosphere of the camp guarantees many returning faces. THE-INTL

open in 2029 and will significantly cut down the travel time from Denmark to Germany.

Tour de islands Maribo / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

While the Lolland Municipality has its centre on the island, the name it carries also includes an array of islands lying close to Lolland. Visitors can enjoy a lovely vacation in a summerhouse area on Fejø or enjoy a visit to a 13th-century church on Askø. www.the-intl.com

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FAMILY LIFE

Welcome to the new family destination spot

Hestehovedet playground / Photographer - Terumi Mascarenhas

Lolland offers outstanding countryside, walks, fun and exploration for children, and a social community with an expanding international scene. Monika Pedersen investigates this area of Denmark.

Too often, especially among internationals thinking of relocating for work purposes or otherwise, the talk turns to moving to main cities like Copenhagen, Aalborg or Aarhus as the hotspot locations in Denmark. However, many newcomers are not aware that there are many other attractive places to live, build a new circle of friends, and a sense of community.

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Lolland is Denmark’s fourth-largest island, located at the most southerly point of Zealand. It is very closely connected with Falster, and often the area is referred to as Lolland-Falster; the islands are merely separated by the strait of Guldborgsund. However, they do have their own identities within the tight relationship. Lolland’s largest town is Nakskov, but the municipality’s logistical operations are in Maribo.

to Europe and the chance for more cultural experiences in central Europe. In addition, the new Fehmarn Belt connection is under construction. One of the biggest infrastructure projects entails the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel. This constructional feat will bring the metropolises of Copenhagen, Berlin, and Hamburg closer than ever before, making Lolland an amazing hub for future international exchange.

Location, location…

A better quality of life

Lolland is ideally placed - just 1 hour and 40 minutes drive from central Copenhagen and a stone’s throw from Germany. Two ferries are run each hour from Rødby to Puttgarden, with a journey time of a little over an hour and 30 minutes. It is a gateway

A key aspect of moving is finding a new home and whether it is better to buy or rent. Prices are genuinely competitive and a far cry from the astronomical figures commanded in Copenhagen. Moreover, with the possibility of considerable inside and out-

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LOVE  MUSEUMSBANEN A train that runs on a preserved railway line on a scenic section between Maribo and Bandholm.  MARIELYST BEACH Marielyst Strand is a child-friendly beach with shallow, calm water and several sandbanks.  LABYRINTH Get lost in nature and find your way. A day in the maze is entertaining for the whole family.  MARIBO MINIATURE TOWN There are about 60 small and larger cultural buildings that can be seen within the framework of the displayed town environment.

“In Lolland, we have it all! Art, culture, history, and fantastic nature with endless long coastlines.”

Photographer: Tanya Von Rosen

Kramnitse / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

side space, families have a chance to settle and grow. There are plenty of health care facilities and good childcare options to ensure both partners can work, with a range of educational options including forest schools and music schools and a brand-new international school that will be opening its doors for the first time this August. Lolland’s infrastructure is ready for an influx of new residents. It has its eye on a good worklife balance and recognises the value and importance of family time.

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The region offers a healthy, outdoor orientated, and safe environment where children and adults can flourish and appreciate the simple wonders that enrich life. There are 600 kilometres of coastline, and the Marielyst area has been voted as having some of the best beaches in the whole of Denmark. The locals refer to Lolland as ’pandkageøen’ or the pancake island as the area is flat, perfect for cycling trips and long walks for all age groups. There are historical towns, ancient monuments, and a beautifully located art gallery to explore and enjoy. And there is a lot of fun to be had by children as there is a safari park, a natural wetland area, and two waterparks. Finally, for the discerning palate, there are gastronomic delights, including local and craft breweries, as well as wineries to tingle your tastebuds. Networking is an integral part of Danish culture and a fantastic way to integrate. There are great possibilities to connect and forge new friendships through opportunities at work, at your child’s school, or participation in clubs including football, water sports, horseback riding, camping, etc. As a growing number of internationals head for Lolland, several community initiative groups are ready to support newcomers, so you are not alone! Lolland-Falster International, Rødbyhavn Internationals Meetup group, and Lolland-Falster Lovestorm are but a few of the welcome groups that help families acclimatise. The diversity of Lolland can offer the complete family package – one size really does fit all. THE-INTL

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One of the founders of Lolland-Falster International, Tanya, has been instrumental in supporting newcomers in the area. Mom to two beautiful children, and wife to a local farmer. - Tanya Von Rosen -


EDUCATION

International learning When choosing a new home after relocating abroad, educational options are one of the big-ticket items that can make or break a region. Michaela Medvedova highlights the learning options in Lolland.

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Starting this August, Lolland has an ace up its sleeve when it comes to attracting internationals. Lolland International School, Denmark’s first international municipal school, fully funded by Lolland Municipality, opens the doors to its first students. Based in Maribo, the school will offer free education to kids from 6 to 15 years old. For the inaugural fall semester, the school has already enrolled 55 students. The school was established to cater to international families moving into the region to construct the Fehmarn Belt tunnel, an immersed tunnel connecting Lolland with Germany and with Danish companies. “But the long-term view of the school is that it will also provide a boost for other companies in the region to attract talent,” says Dominic Maher, the founding principal. Additional spots will also be open to local families. Students will follow a bilingual programme as the school uses both Cambridge International Curriculum and the Danish national curriculum. Subjects such as mathematics and sci22

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“A BILINGUAL MODEL OFFERS INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES IN DENMARK A BETTER CHANCE AT INTEGRATION.” ences will be taught in English while others like arts or civics will be taught in Danish. “A bilingual model offers international families in Denmark a better chance at integration,” explains Dominic. This way, if a shorter stay in Denmark turns long-term for the family, the children are prepared for the next steps in their education. “When the students have finished, they have passed the Danish exam and have further education options. Of course, they are practising Danish and learning it much quicker compared to traditional international schools,” Dominic describes the benefits of bilingual education. This also applies to children from local families who can gain a greater appreciation of their own culture. The classes will be multi-age, with two grades combined in one, and they will represent a multicultural setting with students at different language levels. In addition, the staff and the broader network - for example, the school psychologist from the municipality or the nurse - have received training to be aware of the sensitivity of interacting with people from differ-

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Lolland International School / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

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ent cultures. The principal appreciates the positivity of the Lolland community to help establish the school and build its network.“Most people can understand the role an international school can have for the municipality - a physical symbol of internationalisation taking place in Lolland,” says Dominic. The school will be a part of the rebranding of Lolland and will help the region tell a new story - a modern, forwardthinking one. Internationalisation is not the only aim, though. One of the central values of the new school is the focus on community.“It’s vital that the families who arrive connect with the community. So we help them into sports clubs, other social groups, or local business associations - networking can be essential,” Dominic concludes about the impact of the school on both the community and the internationals looking for a new home within it.

Learning the local language Another free way to joining the Lolland community is learning the Dan-


Secondary education The options for young students to continue learning in Denmark through secondary education or “ungdomsuddannelse” are wide. Young Lollanders can choose from gymnasiums in Nakskov and Maribo to CELF, the Center for Vocational Education Lolland-Falster, or FGU Lolland-Falster, the basic preparatory education or “forberedende grunduddannelse” that can help get them ready for vocational education, high school education, or advance in their profession.

How about an international food academy? Establishing one in Lolland-Falster is the goal of Højskoleprojekt LollandFalster! It aims to focus on food from agriculture to gastronomy, joining an academic focus with practice. Set within the folk high school tradition of Danish education, it ultimately strives to make an effort towards sustainability.

Other courses Education never ends - and the Lolland municipality knows that. From yoga and upholstering furniture to learning world languages. There are two evening schools in the region, AOF Lolland and LOF Lolland Falster, offering a broad range of classes. This autumn will also bring an opportunity for bilingual local citizens from Eastern Europe that will serve as a gateway to a SOSU-education: the social and health assistant education (Social og sundhedsassistent uddannelsen). It is the perfect chance to strengthen your Danish skills and get a head start at working in the healthcare sector. THE-INTL

“If living in Denmark has made us realise one thing, it’s that you can call two places home. From the first few months Denmark stole our hearts.”

Photographer: Caryn Koepp

ish language and Denmark’s traditions and culture. Lolland Language School provides both. Located in Nakskov and Maribo, the school speaks to the global nature of the municipality. With its 150 students, it teaches Danish to an impressive 37 nationalities. The school offers courses at all levels based on your existing knowledge of Danish, and there is a choice between day or evening classes to accommodate working students and if you live in Lolland, the courses are free!

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We are born and raised trilingual Namibians that moved to just outside of Sakskøbing, Lolland about two years ago. We moved here because my husband got a job as the brewmaster at Krenkerup Bryggeri, and I am in the process of opening up a small specialty coffee roastery in Sakskøbing. - Caryn Koepp -

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TOURISM

Allow nature to nurture you Danish summer affords us more time to be outdoor as much as possible. Ophelia Wu shares her top picks of outdoor activities in the area.

Lolland and the surrounding areas have many magnificent landscapes to offer, from lakes to beaches, ancient sites to cliffs, and perhaps some of the world’s most hidden gems even locals have yet to discover. spots, we have put together a few of our top picks for a tranquil day out that nourishes our body and soul and stimulates our adventurous side that might be hiding somewhere. First of all, you may want to download the Naturlandet app before planning your trip to Lolland. There is an English version, and it offers self-guided nature tours and experiences on cycling, hiking, horse-riding or kayaking adventures and more, so you’ll be able to go on an excursion safely.

Walk the walk One of the best travel tips is to explore a new place on foot; one accidental turn might lead you somewhere magical. The term “walk it

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Kramnitse Strand / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

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We all know the benefits of being in nature, bringing only positivity to our mind, body, and soul. Lolland is a beautiful island for all sorts of outdoor activities. Separated from Southern Zealand by Smålandsfarvandet Sound in the Baltic Sea, it is the fourth largest island of the Danish archipelago. With 480 square miles (1,243 square km), you can explore anything from irregular coastlines and fjords, historic castles to ancient cultural landscapes. There are forests in the north and east, while dunes and dikes protect the southern coastal regions from flooding. Nakskov, Maribo, Sakskøbing, Rødby, and Nysted are the main towns where a royal residence, Ålholm Castle and many surviving historical manor houses dating back as early as the 15th century still stand. There is something for the whole family, couples, groups or even solo. Take some time off and explore a new nearby place; you might be surprised and fall in love with the country more.

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off” has its value; walking meditation is one thing, mindful walking is also one; it reaps many benefits, whether you enjoy a walk outdoors or exercise. Halskov Vænge Forest is one of the most historically significant forests, the 2.5km (that’s only about 3,280 steps) trail through this small forest holds 72 bronze age burial grounds and six large Neolithic passage graves. The tranquillity and the peaceful ambience is a perfect place to clear your mind. Another one, namely the Danish Monastery Route, a hiking trail from Tårs to Vordingborg divided into ten stages with distances from 9km shortest and 24km longest. This route will take you through idyllic villages and towns, vast open landscapes, farmlands and churches. You don’t have to be spiritual to take on this route, but who knows, maybe you’ll get some fascinating insights or eureka moments while hiking. Wine lovers, this one is for you! Frederiksdal Gods at the Frederiksdal Manor stretches 6.5km; it’s an aroma sensory journey filled with the smell of ocean breeze and fresh cherries. There are three different trails: a 1.3km yellow trail, a 2.1km red trail, and a 4.3km blue trail. Each of these will give you diverse nature adven-

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tures and insights into the history of the Frederiksdal Gods estate, making you understand how modern farming works. For example, if you want to see how cherries are grown: 1. Take the blue trail. 2. If you want to visit a deer park, take the red one, and if you wish to roam around the garden belonging to the estate, take the yellow trail. 3. Don’t forget to try the famous Frederiksdal Cherry Wine and plan a visit to tour the cherry orchards and gardens if time allows.

through the magnificent Baltic Sea coastline, some of the best beaches, nature reserves, and Danish beech forests of Denmark. Architecture, cul-

“The blossoming of my city makes me hopeful, and I’m so happy I moved here.”

Bike your way around

Photographer: Tanya Von Rosen

With routes ranging from 4km – 820km, and if you’re a keen biker like the Danes, the island is your playground. Follow the Baltic Sea coastlines and beautiful landscapes. As part of the Baltic Sea route, the 168km Lolland-Falster stretch will take you

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Whether you follow these routes or a simple walk around the island, always remember to dress appropriately, follow all the safety measures and respect the land- as many of them are ancient. I was born in Germany but lived in many different countries throughout Europe. After moving to Denmark and living the first five years in Vesterbro, I made my final move to Nykøbing Falster in 2000. I’m a writer, artist and opened my own gallergy in 2017 which I’m loving. - Peter Pitsch -


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LOVE  THE DODECALITH A unique and distinctive monument of giant stone sculptures accompanied by music. A must-see!  MARIBO CATHEDRAL Experience the large and beautiful Maribo Cathedral, look at the crypt where Leonora Christina was buried and explore the old abbey ruins.  AALHOLM CASTLE Aalholm is one of Denmark’s few preserved medieval fortified castles built in the 13th century.  DEN GRØNNE VERDEN The Green World restaurant serves up locally-produced foods, creating unique taste experiences in beautiful surroundings.

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so be sure to spend some time at one tural and history lovers will want or a few whenever you can. Lolland to ride along the 30km route, which being an island, is naturally blessed starts at the harbour in Stubbekøbing with many gorgeous beaches. Mainly and takes you through market towns along the southern part of the island, to fishing villages along minor roads. the choices are limitless - from childDiscover historical monuments and friendly, calm water beaches to surfthe red limewash church in Åstrup. ing possibilities and water recreation, Stop by one of the cute little villages summer is the best time to hit one of for lunch or dinner and market placthese beaches and soak in some sun. es selling fresh local produce. Vitamin sea therapy is one of the best, Lolland is known for its flatness, free therapies for anyone, esbut this route, known as “The pecially those living in DenLollandian Alps”, will take you “LOLLAND mark with long dark winter on the hills of Ravnsby Bakker, BEING AN days. be ready for another breathISLAND, Close to the market town taking undulating landscape. IS BLESSED of Nakskov and situated in a This area of large hills and WITH Natura 2000 protected area valleys in Ravnsby Bakker had BEACHES.” around Nakskov, the fjord has formed around 20,000 years a diverse birdlife and is the ago at the end of the last ice second-longest bathing jetty in Denage when the ice moved back and mark – Hestehovdet Beach. The 190 forth. Large, deep holes like features km long bathing jetty is child-friendly in the area were formed by “dead with shallow waters, an excellent ice”, blocks of ice deposited under the place for a family day out. You can ground and melted slower. So you can also hop on a tour of Nakskov Fjord imagine, the natural landscape itself with the Mail Boat or play crazy golf is already worth a visit. Not only will and beach volleyball. you be able to witness the historical trace of the last ice age, but you’ll also find castle ruins of Ravnsborg. So even Saving the best for last though this 36km route might sound There are countless things to do in a bit hilly, it is suitable for everyone, Lolland; it’s tough to boil down to just a must for those geology enthusiasts. a few, so go to Lolland and enjoy the beautiful landscape the island has to offer! Treat yourselves better and Vitamin sea therapy enjoy the outdoor while days are still It’s hard to visualise Denmark offering long and warm. THE-INTL some of the best white sandy beaches,

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COMMUNITY

Community

means coming together When you move to a new country, you need to become part of a new community. Therefore, it becomes necessary to reach out and find your bearings. Monika Pedersen explores how to adjust, settle in, and eventually settle into your new homestead.

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If you land in a cosmopolitan area, then you are in luck, as there are usually other like-minded people and, better still, a volunteer group to help with the transition. These sorts of welcome groups are invaluable and a lifeline for newcomers.

supporting repatriating Danes reacclimatise. At the core of their volunteer work is the desire to bring about connectivity, understanding, and appreciation among the various groups and create a harmonious society.

Welcome ambassadors

Quality Lolland Falster

Lolland is growing as an international hub. Owing to the efforts of some very altruistic and dedicated individuals who have lived abroad or possess vision, there has been considerable energy exerted to start up a host of welcome groups. Their valiant efforts have made a difference to internationals coming to Lolland and the local community as all sectors of society benefit from their total devotion to their environment and fantastic work. Tanya Von Rosen, Tomoko Kitamura Nielsen, and Kirsten Sydendal are three such pioneers!

Lolland-Falster International Community is a separate voluntary group linked to the Quality Lolland Falster association, which started in 2009 and is currently headed up by Tanya von Rosen and others. They highlight the contributions of local women to celebrate the attractiveness of the region. Their publication, ‘Det gode liv’, showcases their diversity and the value they have added.

Lolland-Falster International Community Lolland-Falster International Community began in 2015. After bidding for and gaining funds from ‘Landdistriktspuljen’, they formed a local network to welcome and retain international talent. In addition, they make available services and activities to help internationals integrate and understand Danish culture whilst also 28

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Tomoko Kitamura Nielsen Tomoko Kitamura Nielsen, one of these inspiring ladies, knows firsthand the challenges of moving to a new country and culture. Arriving from Tokyo and landing in Lolland over two decades ago, she is a celebrated translator, journalist, consultant, and innovator, among other things. “THEY HIGHLIGHT THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF LOCAL WOMEN TO CELEBRATE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THE REGION.”


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Tomoko Kitamura Nielsen

“TOMOKO SPENDS HER TIME INVESTING HER ENERGIES INTO PROMOTING THE WONDERS OF LOLLAND TO THE JAPANESE COMMUNITY IN TOKYO.” Tomoko spends her time investing her energies into promoting the wonders of Lolland to the Japanese community in Tokyo by organising visits and workshops. In addition, she is a consultant connecting Japanese journalists with Lolland’s industry chiefs and is also involved in setting up a new international culinary high school and running as a candidate in the local council elections. Her mantra is clearly about maximising the power of the diversity of people in the area for the betterment of Lolland.

Lolland-Falster Lovestorm The Lolland-Falster Lovestorm initiative, also initially connected to the Quality Lolland Falster, sprung up in 2015 after a very controversial Danish documentary about seven families in Lolland. The series really blighted the reputation of Lolland. Lolland-Falster Lovestorm’s mission is to share and promote positive stories about events, activities, and happenings

in the local area. They firmly believe a sense of pride and community is built to encourage the community to invest and be recognised for its true merits. It is spearhead by Kirsten Sydendal, a very influential member of Fejø and Lolland’s community. She returned to Fejø in 1998 and has been busy with projects to increase the population count by enticing a younger generation and internationals. She, too, is involved in the new culinary high school, which will focus on food production, consumption and sustainability. Thus, ironically, she will follow in her late father’s footsteps by her involvement with food. The value of a community working in unity cannot be underestimated, as clearly illustrated by just a few persons. Lolland is standing at the precipice of its most exciting and shaping chapter yet, moving from being a local community to a truly global one. THE-INTL “LOLLAND-FALSTER LOVESTORM’S MISSION IS TO CONTRIBUTE BY SHARING AND PROMOTING POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND HAPPENINGS IN THE LOCAL AREA.” www.the-intl.com

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GREEN TECHNOLOGY

Denmark’s cleantech hub The quiet, unassuming island of Lolland is at the centre of Denmark’s green transition and one of the world’s leading examples of “green regions.” Nikolaos Papadopoulos takes a closer look.

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Known more as a summer destination than a renewable energy hub, Lolland has demonstrated exceptional innovativeness in green projects. Lolland’s economy revolved around the Nakskov shipyard, the region’s single largest workplace, and its rich agricultural sector; however, a recession during the 1970s and 80s led to the shipyard’s closure in 1987. This, along with radical mechanisation reforms in the agriculture industry, made a host of skilled workers redundant and left many unemployed. Apart from the financial consequences, the recession even led to differences in life expectancy compared to the rest of the country. Around that time, the decision was taken to adopt a new longterm focus for the island’s economy, building a new business structure on the ruins of the old shipyard economy while focusing on clean energy and the environment. Fast forward to the present time, and the island’s efforts for economic and environmental reform have resulted in Lolland becoming a showcase example of a remote community standing up to environmental and social challenges while at the same time creating ample economic opportunities for its populace. Slowly but surely, through the years, Lolland has amassed a considerable amount of ex-

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perience in planning and implementing green projects, and today, Lolland is home to a multitude of green and cleantech projects; the island stands as a shining beacon of clean technology even in a nation famed for its environmentally-focused approach to energy and industry. Lolland is where the world’s first offshore wind farm was installed, and it also is the place with the most turbines in Denmark. Given the island’s small population, the region produces eight times more energy than needed to fully cover the total local consumption. The surplus of energy produced on the island led to an unprecedented experiment, where producers would get financial incentives to limit energy production. At the same time, consumers and businesses would be encouraged in the same way to use surplus energy. Another pioneering project is the establishment of offshore algal farms, an idea that sprung up in 2009. A world-class group of scientists, economists and policy-makers were assembled at a workshop to explore and evaluate if offshore algae production is feasible, environmentally acceptable and cost-effective. The farms would produce algae that would be potentially converted into biofuel, further strengthening the country’s green drive. Yet that is not all. The list of existing projects on the island is extensive: wood chip-based heating plants, wave-energy plants, rape-seed oil plants, a planned bio-ethanol plant and more are paving the way for the

region’s total green conversion. Lolland’s innovation and green transition don’t stop there. At the beginning of 2021, the Danish government gave the green light to expand the country’s gas grid with a new pipeline in Lolland-Falster. This, along with the planned establishment of two biogas plants to support the pipeline, will create new jobs and ensure reductions in CO2 emissions by local industries. Situated only a few hours away from major cities like Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Berlin, Lolland’s position makes it ideal as a transportation hub for Northern and Central Europe. The construction of the Fehmarn Belt Link will transform it into a crucial freight hub in the Nordics but will also play directly into the region’s green policies, as it will reduce pollutants emitted by drastically cutting down the time and distance it takes cargo and passengers to move to and from the continental mainland. Central to these endeavours was establishing the unique Lolland Community Testing Facilities, effectively a forum between the private sector, research institutions, and local political authorities, providing an international testing and demonstration platform for renewable energy technology and products. With global climate change being acknowledged by more and more people around the world, Lolland’s enthusiasm for clean technology is sure to set an example that many would like to follow, both in Denmark and abroad. THE-INTL


CONTACT INFORMATION

LOLLAND CITIZEN SERVICE Address 1: Søvej 8, 4900 Nakskov Address 2: Østre Landevej 33, 4930 Maribo Phone: +45 54 67 67 67 Website: https://www.lolland.dk/kommunen/kontakt/aabningstider

Maribo / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

LOLLAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Address: Skimminge 21, 4930 Maribo Phone: +45 54 67 69 99 Website: https://www.lollandinternationalschool.dk LANGUAGE SCHOOL / SPROGSKOLE LOLLAND Phone: +45 54 67 73 03 Email: sprogskole@lolland.dk ACCOMMODATION www.lolland.dk/borger/bolig/bo-til-leje/almene-boliger

CONTACT INFORMATION

FINDING A JOB ON LOLLAND www.workindenmark.dk www.businesslf.dk/rekruttering

KEY WEBSITES: Business Lolland-Falster: www.businesslf.dk Invest in Lolland Falster: www.investlf.com The Danish Agency for Labor Market and Recruitment: www.star.dk The Danish Ministry of Employment – Work in Denmark: www.workindenmark.dk The official guide to life in Denmark: www.lifeindenmark.dk The Ministry of Immigration and Integration: www.uim.dk The Danish immigration Service – New to Denmark: www.nyidanmark.dk International Citizen Service: www.icitizen.dk Flexbolig: www.flexbolig.nu Tourism: https://www.visitlolland-falster.com

FEMERN AGENCY - GUIDANCE FOR BOTH FOREIGN EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS: Contact: Catherine Krøyer and Henning Hansen Phone: +45 29 60 77 28 Website: www.lolland.dk/femernagency INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT Contact: Julia Böhmer Phone: +45 51 79 12 93 Email: jubh@lolland.dk

LOLLAND MUNICIPALITY CONTACTS Address: Torvet 3, 4930 Maribo Phone: + 45 54 67 67 67 Email: lolland@lolland.dk Website: https://www.lolland.dk/kommunen/welcome-to-lolland

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Kramnitse / Photographer: Terumi Mascarenhas

JOIN A NETWORK LF International: www.lf-international.dk Quality Lolland-Falster (women only): www.qlf.dk The Green House (meet up place in Maribo): www.ivaerksaetterlolland.dk/the-green-house

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