Hundreds of thousands of Danes are lonely

Brøndby most lonely area in nation

While most of us gear up for some serious 'hygge' with friends and family over the Christmas period, December is a particularly tough time for a huge group of people in Denmark.

According to figures from the health authority Sundhedsstyrelsen, more than 263,000 people – young and old – living in Denmark feel alone on a daily basis.

”There are different age groups and types of people who feel they are lonely for either short or long periods in their lives,” Hanne Line Jakobsen, the president for the aid organisation Red Cross, told DR Nyheder.

”And of course, Christmas is that time of year when loneliness in many ways feels even tougher, because Christmas is usually associated with friends and family.”

READ MORE: Have your Christmas tree delivered to your doorstep

It'll be lonely this Christmas in Brøndby
Brøndby Municipality is the area in Denmark where most people are struggling, with 8.9 percent of citizens aged 16-110 often feeling alone. Guldborgsund (7.5 percent) and Fredericia (7.2 percent) were the next loneliest.

Once again this year, the Red Cross and national broadcaster DR are working together to find Christmas parties for those who don't have anywhere to go on Christmas Eve.


Fact Box

The top ten loneliest municipalities in Denmark:

1: Brøndby 8.9 percent

2: Guldborgsund 7.5 percent

3: Fredericia 7.2 percent

4: Esbjerg 7.0 percent

5: Sønderborg 7.0 percent

6: Lolland 6.9 percent

7: Viborg 6.9 percent

8: Aabenraa 6.9 percent

9: Faaborg-Midtfyn 6.8 percent

10: Herlev 6.8 percent





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