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 enjoyed.

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!