In the Linking Bridges project we deal with internationalisation and integration as two sides of the same coin - globalisation.


The main competences and point of departure of the partners are the area of education, but as citizens and employees in the two partner regions that are facing globalisation by over all declining populations and in the same time growing ethnic minority populations it has become obvious that the globalisation issue should be of great interest to all areas of the public sector of our two regions.


One of the goals with the Comenius Regio Partnership is to involve politicians as the ones who set the framework and the directions for integration as well as internationalisation. We have tried to do this with a conference on Citizenship in Silkeborg November 2009 and a conference on Integration in Kaiserslautern September 2012 (with only partial success).


We hope that we with "Internationalisation" as one of the main issues for this project period shall succeed to a greater extend. The two regions, although in many ways very different when it comes to government and structure, have much to learn from each other – e.g. the official approach to the ethnic minority population in Kaiserslautern (celebration of citizenship and intercultural weeks) and the New Arrivals Program in Silkeborg.

share of world population 2012

 Share of world population 2012
Source: Eurostat Press Office 2014

The EU accounts for 7% of the world population…
The world had 7.0 billion inhabitants in 2012.
The EU, with 505 million inhabitants,
accounted for 7% of the world population.



How are the two regions regarded as desirable regions to settle in by foreigners as well as native population from other national regions?

Wer uns findet, findet uns gut! (If you find us, you'll like us!) (in German)

Silkeborg kalder! (Silkeborg calling!) (in Danish)