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.
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.
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.
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 Among others Grene/NOW:Kramp, who originally made mowing machinery for farming.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.
Many enterprising people have left their mark on Skjern. Piet Hein, designer, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
PRIVATE DAY CARE INSTITUTIONS
SCHOOLS IN SKJERN
SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION
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.
PRIVATE SCHOOL IN SKJERN
UPPER SECONDARY EDUCATION
For information about vocational educations: See Ungdommens Uddannelsesvejledning Ringkøbing-Skjern.
ACADEMY PROFESSION PROGRAMMES
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.
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.