A growing municipality
Things are going well on Lolland. It is an area in the midst of rapid development, and there are prospects for even more growth in the coming years.
This is not least due to the upcoming fixed link across the Femern Belt, which is expected to create great new opportunities for business, tourism and the area’s residents.
However, the Femern construction is not the only initiative underway. Lolland Municipality has been a leader in green energy and cleantech for many years, and these are areas that are still in development. At the same time, the region is a unique producer of sustainable food, and as the Femern construction progresses, the area is also expected to have an even stronger tourism profile.
Therefore, Lolland has many opportunities on offer, including for international citizens. There is already a large international environment here, and in the coming years, we expect that the area will develop into a new international hub, locally in Denmark, but at the same time centrally in relation to both Scandinavia and Central Europe.
The Femern Belt link
The fixed link across the Femern Belt is the largest construction project in Danish history.
It will be 18 kilometres long and the world’s longest immersed tunnel for both cars and trains.The tunnel will consist of two types of elements: 79 standard elements and 10 custom elements.
Each standard element is 217 metres long and weighs 73,000 tonnes. This corresponds to 14,000 elephants per element! The custom elements also provide a unique ‘cellar floor’ for engineering, simplifying both the construction process and the maintenance of the finished tunnel.
The elements will be built at a factory in Rødbyhavn, and the area around the factory alone is 1.5 square kilometres. A large part of this is covered, in the form of large halls.
Among other things, the construction is expected to create up to 5,000 extra jobs each year, with even more in the auxiliary industries.
These are significant and fascinating figures, and they tell us a little about what awaits in the way of opportunities.
Other constructions are on the way
The Femern construction is having a knock-on effect in other areas.
For example, a new train station will be built at Holeby on South Lolland, and the Port of Nakskov will be expanded. These are initiatives that must both support the construction and at the same time improve the infrastructure on Lolland for both businesses and residents.
Business Park Maribo
At exit 48 in Maribo, a large, new business park is also on the way. It is close to the motorway, Maribo station and only 18 minutes from Rødbyhavn.
The business area is aimed at transport-heavy businesses and related industries. The building plots can be adapted to the size of the companies and can be divided or matriculated as needed. In total, 88 hectares are earmarked for the business area, and the first stage of the business park was inaugurated in autumn, 2019.
The natural pools for climate adaption and the green areas create a recreational connection to the nearby city of Maribo.
Nakskov 2030 - the market town of the future
Nakskov is Lolland’s largest town, and in the coming years, a new development project, Nakskov 2030, will help make Nakskov the market town of the future.
Foundation Realdania, A.P. Møller Foundation and Lolland Municipality have each invested DKK 50 million in ‘Nakskov 2030’, and the goal is to achieve a long-term positive development, where Nakskov becomes a vibrant and attractive town for residents, visitors and business owners; a strong capital for the whole of Lolland and a source of inspiration for other market towns.
The subsequent years’ work is centred around the area by Hestehovedet beach and marina, the fjord, the harbour and the centre. 12 specific projects must together create more accommodation capacity, better urban spaces and new experiences. The historic houses in Nakskov need to be renovated, and new urban spaces and better connections to the harbour will be created.
Lolland - a green municipality
In Lolland Municipality, we focus on the green transition. In fact, the green profile is an integral part of Lolland’s identity.
We were frontrunners when back in 2012, we got the first hydrogen village, where hydrogen and fuel cells were tested in the first large-scale plant in Denmark. In 1991, we got the world’s first offshore wind turbines, and the first efficient plant that combines wind energy and wave energy was developed.
Every year, we produce significantly more electricity than we consume, and we have succeeded in locating both onshore wind turbines and a solar park in a way that takes advantage of the fact that Lolland is well situated for both solar and wind energy.
In 2019, Lolland was 700% self-sufficient in electricity from wind and solar; 50% of the heat supply is also covered by renewable energy sources.
At times, the surplus of green energy on Lolland is enormous, and therefore, there are ideal opportunities for companies that want to work with the energy supply of the future.
As something new, we can also look forward to having a new gas pipeline to Lolland. Together with new biogas production, it will provide new growth and development opportunities across industries and sectors, while ensuring more climate-friendly output in the area’s largest industrial companies.
The Best food on earth
Lolland is also known as a gastronomic mecca. The area has a favourable climate and rich soil, which provides optimal conditions for both large and small food producers to produce food of the highest quality.
Many local restaurants use local produced food, and there is a great tradition of selling local produced food in the area’s shops, markets and small roadside stalls.
In 2019, Lolland also laid the groundwork for "The Food Public Meeting" (Madens folkemøde). It was held at Engestofte Estate and was the first Danish public meeting for food. The programme included debates, workshops and, of course, a big food market.
Muld Lolland-Falster is a network of enthusiastic food producers, restaurateurs, farm shops and entrepreneurs, who all have in common that they are rooted in the good soil of Denmark’s South Sea Islands and are passionate about what they do.