Torup is situated on a peninsula between the sea and a fjord, 60 km to the northwest of Copenhagen. Its 356 inhabitants enjoy a range of initiatives and activities, including a music festival, Torup Booktown featuring cultural events, farmers’ markets, repair cafés, common village dinners, a commuter-hub with common office space, jazz concerts, alternative transport, local council, and, most recently, the Danish University Extension.

Such initiatives build on a strong local tradition which has resulted, inter alia, in a parent-initiated school and kindergarten, a common meeting house, an intensely restored railway station, and a utility building containing a café, a bakery, and an organic shop. A group of people who moved in 30 years ago to form a community based on organic principles were instrumental to some of these developments.. Over the years, this particular part of the village has turned into a highly attractive enclave.




coasts, inner peripheries, sparsely populated areas

Degree of urbanization

Town or suburb

population of 356

Village Solutions

Torup Talents and Tools: Sharing pool of resources and competences

Creating a systematic overview of tools, machinery, human resources and competences in order to utilise and share local resources.

Mobility & connectivity | People

Development plan of Torup

With the development plan for the enlargement of Torup with 100 new homes in two stages over the next few years, Torup is a rare example of a Warm Zone, i.e. a rural community in growth. This applies to the quantitative aspects of growth, i.e. the number of newcomers, but equally to the qualitative aspects in terms of the quality of life, and the life-work balance in rural settings. Sustainability is a key concept in this respect, in all its dimensions: ecologically, economically, socially, and culturally.


Contact Information

Torup Ting,

Plant Peter,