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



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. Volunteer welcome ambassadors ensure that newcomers are welcomed, given information about the area and offered contact with other local citizens. E.g. more citizens help new foreign citizens to practice their Danish.

For more information about leisure offers for children, click Here and for everybody, go to Leisure-Nature-Culture FRITID-NATUR-KULTUR. Use the Google Translate function

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

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