Vejle is one of the 10 most vulnerable areas in Denmark at risk from flooding. By 2100, it is predicted that low-lying residential and business areas will be underwater. The city is also struggling against a growing apathy and lack of social cohesion, and the current structure of government benefits are costly. As services are cut, the city is growing dependent on private initiatives to fill in the gaps. Officials are hoping to build community resilience, thus strengthening social capital where citizens act collectively and do their share in sustaining the welfare state, ensuring equal quality life standards for everyone. In developing the city, water is seen as a resource that must be utilized, as opposed to a threat to be mitigated. The city is looking to increase its resilience by re-learning the value of working together, of being responsible for our fellow humans, and for the environment.


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Resilience Challenges

  • Coastal Flooding
  • Declining or Aging Population
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Refugees

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Jonas Kroustrup is the Chief Resilience Officer for Vejle in Denmark. He is a specialist in the management of public innovation and smart sustainable city development, and is deeply involved in community building and platforms for active citizenship and social innovation. He was the Innovation Manager at Danish Technological Institute and an external research fellow at the University of Aarhus. Before joining Vejle as CRO, Jonas was a regional development officer and the co-founder of a leading Danish Smart City initiative with a focus on open data, new civil technologies and participation. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Aarhus in Information Studies and the humanities of technology.

Snapshot of Vejle

  • 52,500

    Population as of 2013

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