Welcome to the Bay of Køge. You are now
standing in one of the greatest monuments to Denmark as a welfare society.
In 1961 a plan was presented for ten new towns along the Bay of Køge, which
were supposed to replace Copenhagen’s increasingly cramped housing stock.
The Danes were urged to move out into bright, clean surroundings with wide
open spaces and with easy access to green areas where leisure time could be
The towns had the S-train line A as their
backbone and everything was planned around the stations. However, by the
time the rail link finally reached Hundige, and later all the way to Køge,
many people had been forced to get themselves a car in order to facilitate
the daily trip to work.
The plan for the Køge Bay towns was made
with the Danish middle class in mind. It was meant for young Danish families
with secure jobs, but by the time the towns were ready, society had changed.
The middle class bought their own detached houses, and many housing areas in
the towns were populated by unskilled workers, who were hit especially hard
by the 1970s’ oil crisis.
After decades of urban renewal and
regeneration the future now looks a bit brighter, but it is still relevant
to ask: Why do we choose to live as we do?
Go and discover for yourself the unique
character of each town!