Sønderborg Municipality has several years of experience in cross-border cooperation and international projects. Among other things. in the cultural area between Sønderborg and Schleswig - most recently in the cultural region "Sønderjylland-Schlesvig".

Benefit4Regions is about rural development, and here Sønderborg municipality is the leader in the country due to good organization and communication between:

1) "Village pool" at local level,

2) "Village forum", a voluntary mouthpiece for every village pool, and

3) the political "rural committee" (a section 17 paragraph 4 committee).

The Rural Secretariat is the link between the three entities and supports the initiatives and actions initiated by the Rural Committee and the Village Forum.

It is about creating living villages with a high level of activity and quality of life in an interaction between village pool, administration and politicians.

Keywords in the efforts in the rural area in Sønderborg are: citizenship, job creation and growth, coordination, creation of engagement and involvement, citizen-driven innovation with result-oriented actions based on strategic and political efforts as well as project management and innovation.