A GLOOMY OUTLOOK
Like many other rural areas in Europe the Sønderborg region is in a negative spiral. While the proportion of elderly are growing steadily, the younger generations are moving to the large cities. The result is that the region is drained of competencies. A wide range of statistics and prognosis have doomed Sønderborg and most of the region as well as northern Germany to be an isolated area,where growth has stalled or gone backwards.
Dybboel Mill in Sonderborg
HISTORY SURROUNDING BORDER CREATES THE ISOLATION
ISønderborg and the region of Southern Jutland used to be a part of the Schleswig Duchy, and a citizen was first and foremost a citizen of Schleswig. The Danish, German and Frisian languages blended together. But Sønderborg became the center of bloody wars.
Dybbøl Mill has been shot to ruins twice – the last time was in 1864, almost 150 years ago. Denmark then lost a third of its land mass and the whole region of Southern Jutland became German.
After a plebiscite following World War I the current border was settled. Still bottlenecks in cross-border cooperation remain in everyday life, which continue to isolate the border region.The Prussians of Redoubt 2 after the battle on April 18th 1864.
One of the first examples of war photography. The Austro-Prussian conquest of Als in 1864 was painted by Wilhelm Camphausen.