Friday, October 29, 2021 12:00 PM

Gifts presented to Sønderborg

On the occasion of the Foundation's 50th anniversary, the municipality gets two new attractions

Illustration of the forthcoming Cold-Water Swimming Pool in the Harbour

Illustration of the forthcoming Cold-Water Swimming Pool in the Harbour


Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary by presenting Sønderborg with a cold-water swimming pool in the harbour and an extension to the sports centre Skansehallerne.

With these two anniversary gifts, the Foundation wishes to contribute to the ongoing positive development of the town and the area, which today is the focal point of the Foundation's work for the benefit of Danfoss. The two new attractions will provide Sønderborg with an even better framework for leisure, sport, and culture, to the enjoyment and benefit of the business community, the area, visitors, and tourists.

In the new area of the harbour, the Foundation will build a cold-water swimming pool with two pools, a diving tower, and an area for sunbathing. Together with Sønderborg Municipality, the Foundation is also behind a major redevelopment of the sports centre Skansehallerne to provide even better facilities for sport, culture, and business. Skansehallerne will be completed in early 2024.

The Foundation's purpose has always been to strengthen Danfoss, and my family and I are very pleased that the positive development of the town and the area is a key focal point in achieving that goal. I hope that the two anniversary gifts can continue to transform Sønderborg into a place where everyone feels welcome and wants to settle down.

Peter M. Clausen, Chairman of Bitten & Mads Clausen's Foundation

Mayor Erik Lauritzen attended the unveiling of the two anniversary gifts. He thanked the foundation for its great efforts over the past 50 years. He particularly highlighted the period after 2004, when the so-called Monitor Report was published. It was inspired by Harvard professor Michael E. Porter's cluster theory and concluded that it was both in the interest of Danfoss as well as the whole region to accelerate the commitment of Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation to regional development.

On behalf of the entire Municipality of Sønderborg, I would like to thank you for the two beautiful gifts, which will be for the benefit of all citizens. The gifts are visible signs of the admirable development of Sønderborg, which the Foundation has helped to shape for 50 years. The Foundation has taken a great share of responsibility for the development of the area. A strong partnership has been built between Sønderborg Municipality and the Foundation. We look forward to the next 50 years.

Erik Lauritzen, Mayor, Sønderborg Municipality

Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation was founded in 1971 with the main purpose of strengthening Danfoss by ensuring good quality of life and development in the region.

Over the years, the Foundation has provided the southern part of Jutland with over DKK 2 billion for projects and initiatives. Up until December 23rd, a series of displays will be presented along the Waterfront. These will showcase some of the many projects that Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation, together with local colleagues, has been behind over the past 50 years. All illustrations have QR codes, behind which a virtual guest book is hidden. Here, anyone interested can send a message to Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation on the occasion of the anniversary.

Go to the Foundation's anniversary page by following this link:

50th Anniversary