Active leisure time in associations and nature
In Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality people are traditionally active - also in their leisure time both when it comes to free adventures in the varied nature and in the many associations.
Do you fancy cycling, running or walks in nature? Or would you rather prefer to go surfing or angling? Well, then we almost need not say any more: Open the door and seize all the opportunities in nature. We have lots of clean water and fresh air.
The roaring sea, the North Sea, marks the municipal border all the way towards the west, and we have big meadow- and nature areas around the Skjern Å River, which also includes the only river delta in Denmark. In general, we have lots of open land, forest areas and streams offering good opportunities of experiencing nature as well as going hunting and angling.
We also call our municipality the Realm of Nature since we are aware that the good life and the many opportunities stem from the diverse nature, in the middle of which we are living.
For more information about free adventures, go to the website of the Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality under FRILUFTSLIVET, and you can get an impression of the many cultural offers in the event calendar. You can use Google Translate on the link pages.
At the libraries BIBLIOTEKERNE everybody - both children and adults, who are holders of the yellow health insurance card - can also always borrow books, music, films, computer games, board games etc. At the library it is also possible to read both books and newspapers or consult specialist literature. Besides, there are frequently various events for children and adults, including permanent free online access to the libraries of the municipality, which have BRANCHES in five of the biggest towns of the municipality.
There is free access to computers with internet access in the libraries - Foto: Lene Østergaard
ASSOCIATION- AND CLUB LIFE
In Denmark people traditionally join clubs and associations, ranging from professional and political interests to leisure activities and special hobbies, and in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality we can pride ourselves of being one of the strongholds in the country for associations. According to the latest statistics there are more than 800 different associations in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, so one or several associations will be likely to match your interests, and - as a newcomer - you can use these to build a new network.
Foto: Ralf Andersen
In all towns and villages you will for example find a number of different sports associations where members are diligent users of nature as well as the 26 sports- and swimming centres and the many outdoor grounds in the municipality.
Actually, we hold a record. DBU - the Danish Football Association - estimates that every 10th citizen in the Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality is a member of a football club. In the village of Spjald it is even every third citizen.
At the same time many of us are passionate volunteers in our spare time. As many as 57% of the citizens in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality lend a hand to some sort of voluntary work. Many parents are active in our children’s swimming club, football club and help out when the civic association arranges communal dining at the village hall. Others happily lend a hand where needed. For example at the HOSPICE or as a Red Cross visitor.
Through voluntary work many build a new network and as a foreign newcomer another advantage will be the opportunity to practice the Danish language.
There are also many citizens in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality who work on a voluntary basis to ensure that the newcomers of the municipality quickly will be able to settle down in their new surroundings. In co-operation with the newcomers’ guides a team of voluntary welcome ambassadors thus ensures that newcomers are welcomed, receive information about the area and are offered contact to be established with other local citizens. E.g. several citizens help new fellow foreign citizens to practice their Danish.