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Henrik Noes Piester grew up in Lundeborg, about 15 km north of Svendborg, and since then he has lived in London, Barcelona, Aarhus and Copenhagen. But when he and his wife, Louise, started contemplating where they wanted their two kids to grow up, they settled on South Funen. – We wanted to create the best possible setting for our lives and our kids’ lives, and even though it was quite a leap from Copenhagen to Svendborg, once we reached the decision, everything went fast, Henrik Noes Piester says. It took about three months to pack their old Copenhagen life into cardboard boxes, and Louise then got a teaching job on Tåsinge. They rented a house in central Svendborg, and then began looking for just the right place to settle. Henrik, who has studied political Langeland science, started up his own company doing analysis, evaluation and fundraising. THE ROAD TO THE DREAM JOB – I got a seat at the shared oce space called Fremtidsfabrikken (Future Factory) at the harbour front in Svendborg, which was the perfect way of establishing a new network, professionally and socially. Being there made it incredibly easy to be a newcomer in Svendborg. Fremtidsfabrikken is much more than an oce space for new entrepreneurs. It is a place where ideas are hatched, partnerships are formed and initiatives arise, benefiting more than just the business side of life, Henrik Noes Piester says. He still visits Fremtidsfabrikken every now and then, but he actually ended up shelving his own company, when his dream job came up on the horizon. He now works as Head of Analytics at a business development centre in Odense, 25 minutes from Svendborg. EVERYDAY LIFE HAS IMPROVED – Our everyday life is just like we wanted it to be. We might not have a lot of time on our hands, being a family with small children, but the time we do have has definitely improved. Taking the kids to kindergarten and picking them up has become a lot less stressful; there are no busy streets to cross and not as many people crowding every inch of the pavement. The general atmosphere is nice and comfortable. And compared to the nurseries in Copenhagen, the physical environment and everyday activities are in a league of their own in Svendborg. That really was a surprise for us, just how much of a difference there is, he says. A VIBRANT TOWN Henrik also likes to go out and enjoy Svendborg’s many live music venues. – There is never a dull moment in Svendborg. Concerts, theatre, food market, film festival – we don’t have the time to do everything. And then there is the nature surrounding Svendborg; the archipelago, the strait, and all the opportunities the sea provides, says Henrik Noes Piester, who is looking forward to getting even closer to nature this summer; 300 metres from the water, in a former apple orchard on Tåsinge, their new home is being built. They are going to have a small dinghy moored outside their house, because that is simply an essential part of living the good life on South Funen. OUR IS JUST LIKE WE WANTED Everyday Life Faaborg Svendborg Thurø Tåsinge SV ENDBORG 2017 - CAPITA L OF THE ARC HIPELAGO 35


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