Sønderho

In the south of Fanø lies Sønderho with its about 300 houses and around 340 residents. The village is well protected from wind and water behind dunes to the west and south and behind green dikes to the north and east. Almost all the cottages in the village stand with their house ends to the east and west surrounded by small gardens and open greens. Between the plots ramifies a labyrinthine network of narrow paths and crooked streets.

Today, Sønderho is a very green village whereas a hundred years ago there were only a few weather-beaten trees. The main street of the village, Landevejen, has been gently renovated in connection with resewerage and renewal of various cable and pipe network. The traditional pavements have been removed and replaced by cobblestone gutters finished with grass or cobblestones leading up to the cottages or fences. These practical, traffic-calming measures are an attempt to reduce wheeled traffic in the village. We therefore call on the visitors and holidaymakers to reduce traffic in the village and to use the different parking grounds round about. Park the car and enjoy the village on foot. To finish the urban embellishment the local authorities have granted new street lights and signposts to make everything appear beautiful and harmonious.

Sønderho is being referred to as a cultural pearl with the many well preserved buildings. The buildings in Sønderho are characteristic and the style of building have stubbornly been adhered to. So-called modern houses have been built in the village, but the traditional Fanø cottages still are the more charming ones. Unfortunately, more and more are being used as summer residences which makes it difficult to maintain the number of inhabitants in a way that the village will stay a living community. The opposite also takes place, fortunately, when people move to Sønderho to enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Due to modern technology it is possible to settle in Sønderho and still have a working life that reaches beyond Fanø. The latest initiative in order to preserve a living community is the daycare center, Bakskuld. It provides excellent childcare facilities and makes it more attractive for families with small children to settle down.

Tourism is still the main basis for the existence of the village and because of that, its shops, restaurants and library are able to stay open all year. The village has its own vicar who resides in the beautiful vicarage and many skillful workmen live in the village and with the large number of old cottages they have plenty to do. Sønderho has a lifeboat station and a volunteer fire brigade which is comforting when you live on an island. There are plenty of opportunities regarding associations. Sønderho's citizens' association aims to preserve Sønderho as a living community rooted in old traditions.
Contact
Contact information:

Niels Oesten, Webmaster
Sønderho Citizens' Association
Digevej 2, Sønderho
DK-6720 Fanø