For more than 30 years the politicians of Horsens (Denmark), have been working strategically to develop a good community for all. Horsens has transformed itself from Prison City to a Healthy City and this development has shown that new grips can give unexpected results.
The Healthy City Work in Horsens has harvested national and international prizes, including the Nordic Public Health Prize, the Health for All Prize and the Danish Public Health Prize.
The image of Horsens Municipality has changed significantly over the last few years. Horsens is on the Danish top three cities in relation to population growth. Life expectancy has risen more markedly in Horsens than in other compareable cities.
Urban development and investment in culture have been means to promote public health - not a goal in itself.