Vast majority of north Jutland towns shrinking

Christian Wenande
May 4th, 2015

This article is more than 9 years old.

Youngsters fleeing rural villages

Two out of every three towns in north Jutland have decreased in population over the past nine years, according to a new report by the radio station P4 Nordjylland.

It’s mostly the younger people who are abandoning the towns and villages and leaving them to the older generations. The exodus is presenting the municipalities with quite a challenge.

“There is less money available for investment and development,” Lea Holst Laursen, an associate professor at the Institute of Architechture at Aalborg University, told DR Nyheder.

“And that means that the municipalities need to address issues like school and kindergarten closures, along with basic things such as how many times snow should be cleared.”

READ MORE: Elderly increasingly isolated in rural areas

Elderly alone
A national report last year found that, of the almost 800,000 people residing in rural areas, one in five were over 65 years old.


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