In Sønderborg, we know that young people are our future, which is why we prioritise them and their activities. The first ever Tilting-at-the-Ring Festival Youth Lunch was a great success, with 850 children from Sønderborg – both local residents and those from other towns. Watch the video from the 2023 Youth Lunch in Sønderborg here.
It was the dream of an education in mechatronics that drew Sophie Hansen from Germany and Kasper Fredslund Christensen from Skodborg to Sønderborg. This is where they met and where they will stay.
“I couldn’t really imagine living anywhere else now,” says Kasper Fredslund Christensen, who works on mechanical development at Linak A/S. He moved to Sønderborg because he wanted to study mechatronics, even though he didn’t know the area. And it’s been a positive experience.
“It’s a really nice place to live because you have everything close by – water, forest and town. You have everything you need within a reasonable radius,” says Kasper Fredslund Christensen, who not only found his dream education in Sønderborg, but also love. It was during his time at university that he met Sophie Hansen. She moved to the area five years ago from Hamburg.
“I found the international environment appealing, as you can get to know many different people and cultures,” says Sophie Hansen, who chose to study at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, where around 60% of the students come from other countries.
“I’m a real water person, so it’s a big plus that the water is so close. And now we’ve bought a house together, so we’re staying put. One of the reasons is that I expect to be able to find a job at one of the companies we work closely with at the university,” Sophie Hansen says with a smile.
“And Sønderborg is located right between our two families, which is also an advantage,” says Kasper Fredslund Christensen, who continues:
“The most important thing is to find a place where you feel like you belong. We definitely did that here.”