Have an active life in Ikast-Brande Municipality
Being active in the local community is an important aspect of settling down in a new country. You can read about the different sports and social clubs and associations in Ikast-Brande Municipality
An active leisure
More than 100 clubs and associations - the possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours. You will find everything from football and horseback riding to music and dog training in the municipality of Ikast-Brande.
Below you can find a list of some of the associations and clubs that are represented in the municipality of Ikast-Brande. They are listed by area and where possible there is a web-address for the association:
The list is not exhaustive, and by searching the internet, or talking to people in your neighbourhood, you may be able to find leisure activities not on the list. If you want to participate in association activities in the Ikast-Brande Municipality, you should contact the associations directly. The association will provide you with the necessary practical information, such as becoming a member, when and how members meet, and membership costs.
The information that you will find on the websites of the individual associations is, however, in Danish, but you can contact them by phone or by e-mail with your questions, and many of them will be able to answer your questions in English.
Ask at the library
The library is also a good place to start if you want to know
more about Danish society or find out what is happening in
Ikast-Brande. At the library you can gain free access to the
internet, and you can get help to find specific information or
materials by the staff. Furthermore, you can find lots of useful
pamphlets from organisations and public authorities.
Visit the library website.
International Society Herning and Ikast-Brande
International Society is a community for internationally minded people working or living in the area of Herning & Ikast-Brande Kommune. At International Society you get the opportunity to share your experiences on how to overcome cross-cultural barriers and help newcomers to integrate faster in our community.
The society organizes activities for international workers, students, their accompanying family members, international Danes, companies and everyone who is open to becoming a part of a social network. You can read more about International Society and see upcoming events at expat-in.dk .
The traditions of associations in Denmark
Danish association activities are a significant part of Danish culture and leisure. The strong tradition of associations in Denmark dates back to the 1800s, when democracy and cultural advances went hand in hand with economic and social development. Danish society is well-known for its flourishing associations, which are based on voluntary effort and the entitlement to free initiative. The Danish constitution guarantees the right to assemble and form associations.
The associations encompass sport, exercise and fitness, scout movements, adult education, presentations, and idea-focused and socially engaging work. It is almost impossible to find an interest or hobby in Denmark which is not covered by an association!
It is also possible to start your own association, which can receive funding from the Government. If you want to be eligible for government funding, you need to send your application to the municipality (which is responsible for approving associations in Denmark). If so, you should contact the culture and leisure department (kultur- og fritidsafdelingen), which will provide practical information, including details of the requirements and rules that need to be fulfilled in order to be approved. If you do not wish to be eligible for government funding for your association, you can simply start it up as you will - within the bounds of the law.