LIVE CLOSE TO NATURE IN SKJERN

HANDBALL, SALMON, AND HOLGER DANSKE

Skjern is the second biggest town in Ringkøbing-Skjern municipality. There are around 8,000 citizens in the town, which became the youngest market town in Denmark in 1958 and thus also the last one in the country.

The special market town rights were abolished in 1970. On the other hand, there are so many other things placing Skjern on the map.

 

Kasper Soendergaard 

Foto: Ralf Andersen 

The streets are totally empty when Skjern HANDBALL is playing at home. With a capacity to hold 3,000 spectators after the most recent expansion of Skjern Bank Arena there is great local support for the handball talents. With its achievements in the 888League, Skjern Handball also has incredibly good audience ratings on national television.

With the Skjern Bank Arena/CULTURAL CENTRE Ringkøbing-Skjern the citizens of Skjern not only have premises for exciting handball matches, but also for many other big events.

 

Skjern aa delta

 

LIVE CLOSE TO NATURE

If you choose to settle in Skjern you will get close to the nature around the Skjern River, which is Denmark’s most water rich river and the biggest NATURE RESTORATION PROJECT in Northern Europe. Skjern River forms the only RIVER DELTA, in Denmark at the mouth of Ringkøbing Fjord.

Skjern is also renowned for its SKJERN RIVER SALMON, which is the only original wild salmon in Denmark and most of Europe. The salmon, which can weigh up to 20 kg, attracts many anglers to the area.

If you settle in Skjern you will also get close to the river valley and the Skjern meadows which have developed into an exciting recreational area with a rich life of rare ANIMALS, BIRDS, AND PLANTS.

In the area you will i.a. find 20 km of hiking, running and biking trails. In the Skjern River river delta you can also cross the two biggest wooden suspension bridges in Denmark or the two cable pulled chain ferries, which give access to the biggest island of the river delta with wild, grazing horses.

 

Skjern aa traekfaerge

Foto: RKSK

 

ACTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Skjern is a dynamic town with a will for change and renewal. The citizens and companies are not just leaning back waiting for somebody to come up with solutions. In this town everybody is ready to act and support offbeat ideas, or other ideas that might turn up. It was always like that. Perhaps this is due to the meagre soil in these parts, where finding alternative potential earnings for the farmers always has been necessary.

Thus, Skjern also houses several major manufacturing companies. Among others Grene/NOW:Kramp, who originally made mowing machinery for farming. Later they developed through sale of unoriginal spare parts for blacksmithing and machinery operation, for agricultural machinery, tools, and many other things. In 2013 Grene merged with the Dutch wholesaler Kramp to create Europe’s leading expert within spare parts and accessories for the agricultural sector, and on 1 June 2017 the name of Kramp became a joint name.

In the 1970s Hydra Grene was separated and is now the biggest manufacturer of specialized hydraulics technology in Scandinavia with customers in i.a. the industry-, wind-, marine- and offshore sectors. An offshoot of the Skjern company is also Søstrene Grene, which started as Denmark’s first discount shop in 1973 and now has shops worldwide, including several abroad.

Skjern Papirfabrik and the iron foundery Ferrodan are among the other well-known companies in Skjern.

 

Aegget

 Foto: RKSK

 

WORLD-CLASS SCULPTURES

Many enterprising people have left their mark on Skjern. Piet Heindesigner, poet, author, inventor, mathematician, at the time possessed his own drawing office in Skjern, and after his death two of his big sculptures have been erected in the respective roundabouts in the town. The world’s biggest edition of the 4-metre tall “Super Egg” in silver-bronzed glass fibre has adorned the town since 1999, and the other one, “the Kiss”, was added in 2005. The money for the sculptures was raised by citizens and local companies, which gives evidence of a culture of special drive and sticking together, so characteristic of Skjern.

 

 Holger Danske

Foto: Skjern by

In the same way, Skjern also received great attention from the media in 2013 when another nearly 2-ton heavy sculpture, viz. the bronze sculpture Holger Danske, arrived. Led by a local enterprising businessman, Skjern’s citizens and local companies joined together and bought it at an amount of approximately DKK3 million in an auction. Now the sculpture has been assigned its own place in Skjern. Previously, its place was in front of the Marienlyst Hotel in Helsingør. The original plaster cast for the sculpture is world-famous. It is located in the casemates of Kronborg, and here the story goes that Holger Danske is just asleep, but that he will wake up and come to the rescue of Denmark when needed.

 

EXCITING HOUSING IN SKJERN

The town of Skjern can also boast of having TERRACED HOUSES designed by the architect Jørn Utzon shortly before he designed the famous Sydney Opera House. Of course, Skjern also features all other sort of housing of your dream. Here you will find good housing in green family house areas, big villas, town houses, and flats. Both for

FOR SALE und RENT, and good Plots if you want to build your own dream house. Under all circumstances, you may get a lot of space for the money in Western Jutland.

Into the bargain - If you move to Skjern - you will also get the project THE GREEN CORRIDOR. In close co-operation with the citizens and the Skjern DEVELOPMENT FORUM interesting green urban spaces are established, simultaneously connecting the town centre and the nature areas of the Skjern River Valley.

 

 Skjern by

Foto: hvidesande.dk 

 

MORE ABOUT SKJERN

The town of Skjern has an active commercial life with SHOPPING FACILITIES in a versatile selection of shops, and the town also features a couple of good restaurants. For more information about Skjern, go to Skjern Handelsforening and Ringkøbing Fjord Turisme.

You are also welcome to join a personal guided tour or obtain advice and guidance from the newcomers’ guide for the Skjern area.

 

TRAFFIC

It is obvious to move to Skjern if you have found a job in the town. However, you can quite easily settle in Skjern and have a job in another town or municipality. It is easy to get out of town by car. You need not queue up for 30 minutes or more, but can drive directly to your destination. On the map on the FRONT PAGE, you can see how far you can get from Skjern within the most general commuter distances.

You may also make use of the TRAIN. Skjern is a hub for train services to the north, the south, and the east. There are train services to Ringkøbing-Holstebro-Struer, Herning-Aarhus, and Varde-Esbjerg via the neighbouring town of Tarm. In addition, there is a regional bus between Skjern, Tarm, and Nørre Nebel and a couple of local BUS SERVICES. From Skjern there are also fast services to other parts of the country or abroad. It takes 49 minutes by car to reach Billund Airport and an hour to reach MIDTJYLLAND’S AIRPORT at Karup.

 

Contact information

Below you will find contact information about the day care facilities of the town, schools and other educational institutions as well as sports centres and swimming facilities.

 

DAY CARE FACILITIES IN SKJERN

For further information about municipal day care offers and day care centres, click here

 

AGE-INTEGRATED DAY NURSERIES

Fredensgades Børnehave (including day care)
Fredensgade 34, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 06 43
fredensgade@rksk.dk

Specialbørnehaven (0-6 years)
Klostervej 65, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 07 86
skjernaaskolen@rksk.dk

 

PRIVATE DAY CARE INSTITUTIONS

Børnehaven Solsikken 
Fasanvej 16, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 29 89 35 85 / 60 72 46 84
info@solsikken.name

Naturhuset Skovlykke (crèche and day nursery)
Ånumvej 137, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 35 04
info@naturhuset-skovlykke.dk

Børnegården Katholt (day nursery and after-school care facility)
Amagervej 140-142, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 17 02
ulla@boernegaardenkatholt.dk

 

SCHOOLS IN SKJERN

Amagerskolen
Amagervej 35, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 99 74 27 40
amagerskolen@rksk.dk

Kirkeskolen
Enghavevej 10, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 99 74 27 15
kirkeskolen@rksk.dk

SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

Skjernåskolen
Klostervej 65, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 99 74 19 20
skjernaaskolen@rksk.dk

10 klasse

In Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune UCRS UddannelsesCenter Ringkøbing-Skjern is responsible for the 10th grade. For more information about the 10th grade, go to Ungdommens Uddannelsesvejledning Ringkøbing-Skjern.

10'eren Skjern
UCRS
Ånumvej 14, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 96 80 26 66
10eren@ucrs.dk

PRIVATE SCHOOL IN SKJERN

Skjern Kristne Friskole
Fasanvej 18, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 13 60
skf@skrif.dk

BOARDING SCHOOLS

Den Danske Design- og Håndværksefterskole
Skolebyen 11, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 40 44
dhe@dhe.dk

 

UPPER SECONDARY EDUCATION

Gymnasiet HTX Skjern
Skolebyen, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 96 80 15 00
uc@ucrs.dk

Gymnasiet HHX Skjern and Vestjysk Handelsskole
Ånumvej 14, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 97 35 12 33
skjernhs@skjernhs.dk   

VUC Ringkøbing-Skjern 
Skolebyen 14, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 96 27 58 50
vuc.skjern@ucrs.dk

 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONS

For information about vocational educations: See Ungdommens Uddannelsesvejledning Ringkøbing-Skjern.

Ringkøbing-Skjern Produktionsskole
Jernvej 11, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 20 18 33 32
info@rs-ps.dk

 

ACADEMY PROFESSION PROGRAMMES

Innovest
Ånumvej 28, 6900 Skjern
Phone: (0045) 96 79 00 00
info@innovest.dk 

 

Skjern bank arena 

 Foto: Ralf Andersen

 

SPORTS- AND SWIMMING FACILITIES

In Skjern like any other place in Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune an active association life is thriving. Many activities are linked with the RINGKØBING-SKJERN CULTURAL CENTRE, offering you experiences when you are attending ball games, gymnastics, café and bowling, dance, concerts, art, parties and many other things. Skjern Cultural Centre consists of several sports halls, including the Skjern Bank Arena, which is the venue of the home matches of Skjern Handball 

The Grene Scene is the concert- and party hall of Skjern Cultural Centre with up to 300 seatings, including 200 seats for eating guests. In the neighbouring town of Tarm you will also find an Indoor Public Swimming Pool.

Among great events in Skjern the Skjern Å Running Challenge, can be mention. It will be held on the 28th April 2018 for the 13th time running.

For more information about local associations in Skjern, click Here, and learn more about leisure activities in Ringkøbing-Skjern Kommune under Leisure-Nature-Culture, Fritid-Natur-Kultur. Use the Google Translate function.

 

 

Iwona and Jarek

 
Polish family:

Nature and good conditions for the children are crucial

It is first and foremost the good conditions for the children and the clean and beautiful nature that Iwona and Jarek emphasize when expressing why they have chosen to settle in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality in Denmark. In the past two years Iwona and Jarek have been living in the village of Finderup together with their joint child Diego and Jarek’s son Manuel and his daughter Karolina.

”The child-care facilities here are simply so good. They do so much for the development of children. For instance, they are allowed to cook and do woodwork when they can handle a knife– even though it may be a little dangerous. Besides, they also spend a lot of time in nature. In all sorts of weather. It is so healthy for them”, says Iwona who is also really happy with the schools.

”However, the best thing is that you exist to live here – which means that you don’t just constantly work, but you work in order to also live in your spare time”, says Iwona, and Jarek agrees. That was the very reason why he came to Denmark to work, since - as a self-employed motor mechanic with his own construction firm - he just worked and worked without earning sufficient to live on. On top of that he did not have any spare time whatsoever.

 

Iwona og Jarek - Read the full story here

 

Charlotte and Ian

 
Danish/English couple:

Wish of living the good life

”Above all, we just wanted to be together and live the good life. We love being together” says the Danish/English couple Charlotte and Ian Coles who have settled down in an idyllic old farm house at Kloster, halfway between the Ringkøbing Fjord and the Stadil Fjord and close to the town of Ringkøbing.

It is not surprising that the couple had a wish of the good life in peaceful surroundings with lots of nature. Ian was a Major in the British Army, which meant the couple had moved around military bases in England and Germany for years. Ian had also been deployed close to the world’s war zones, leaving Charlotte alone and suffering months of deprivation during their first year in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality.

They bought the old farmhouse overlooking the Stadil Fjord in 2013, and Charlotte moved in full-time, while Ian could only come home as work allowed. But now the good life has really started as Ian retired this summer.

Ian is 48 years old and he has just landed a job with Vestas - the wind turbine manufacturer – as a Project Training Leader. 

Charlotte and Ian - Read the full story here