Home is where the Danes are born

January 29th, 2015

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Large percentage of the population end up living within 10km of where they were born

New figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs show a large number of Danes clearly love where they live. Up to 50 percent of the population apparently live within 10 km of the parish in which their birth certificate was registered.

“We’re talking about a large amount of people,” Hans Skifter Andersen, a professor at Aalborg University, told DR. “This proves the things that truly matter to us are a good social network and feeling an association with a specific place."

The exact figure is 2.3 million, but if you include the number of Danes who live in the same part of the country in which they were born, it is substantially larger at 3.1 million, which equates to 63 percent of the population.

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Northern Jutland number one
Nationwide, northern Jutland finished top with 80 percent, followed by Copenhagen suburb Rødovre on 74 percent – a finding the mayor, Erik Nielsen, attributes to the district's proud sense of community.

“We are a small community and we meet up in many social contexts," he told DR.

“We have many volunteers that work across the board. I believe it is this intimacy that convinces people to stick around.”

The opposite trend can be observed elsewhere in the capital region.

In Hørsholm north of the capital, for example, the figure is as low as 28 percent – a result blamed on rising property prices and the expansion of Greater Copenhagen in the years following the Second World War.


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