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Southern Schleswig, the northern part of Schleswig-Holstein, traditionally connects Scandinavia with Central Europe. This is why the two German districts of Nordfriesland and Schleswig-Flensburg as well as the city of Flensburg have formed the cross-border region of Sønderjylland-Schleswig with the Southern Danish municipalities of Aabenraa, Sønderborg, Tinglev and Tønder. In this context the municipalities, but also civil society organisations and individuals, work together across borders and practice Europe on the spot. An important role is played by the two national minorities, the Danish minority in Germany and the German minority in Denmark. With their familiarity with both languages, both mindsets, both systems and both peoples, they help to avoid possible obstacles to the German-Danish cooperation. This cross-border cooperation is also supported by the European Union with funds from the INTERREG programmes.

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