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Danish island journal no 169


The September issue of Danish Island Journal Ø-Posten has just been published. You can download a copy here Alas, it is only in Danish but anyone can read Danish with a little help from Google Translate.

The editorial by Danish chairman Dorthe Winter asks “Can you grow old on your island?”. The 27 small Danish islands are not municipalities and worry about the quality standards for home care on their islands. Avernakø and Lyø have opened a case against Faaborg- Midtfyn Municipality at the National Social Appeals Board, Tunø has brought an action against Odder municipality, and Fejø, Femø and Askø have brought proceedings against Lolland Municipality. A most important question for every island!

Number 169 also deals with the ESIN general meeting on Orkney, how to work on different ideas to strengthen the island’s settlement work, how islands can visibly reflect their potential to the outside world, and the very nice results of the “Island Passport” campaign. The whole Island passport can be seen here:

Island passportØ-Posten is published four times a year. It offers a superb impression of what’s up and what’s down among Denmark’s 27 small islands. This one is number 169. Impressive!

Island kids

Barn af en ö

As a part of their studies in journalism, three Danish students have created a Facebook group addressing the subject of growing up on an island and subsequently have to leave home early.

The three students invite us to a dialogue: us, who are still attending primary schools on islands but might have to move this summer; us, who are currently in the process of learning to live on our own; us, who have chosen to stay on our island because the attraction of the island is stronger than the longing to leave; us, who left a long time ago and want to share your experiences.

Leaving home

Table: When Danish youngsters leave home

Most Danish kids leave home at the age of 21, while island kids leave when at about 15. As can be seen on the Facebook page, there are people who sees a different quality in these kids.

It is in Danish but you can always use Google Translate. You can also write the students an email in any chosen language. Or you can comment it here and we’ll link it to their Facebook group.

Barn på Kökar

Kids on my island Kökar when I first arrived in 2005 and worked as a teacher