The Land of Milk and Marsh
The Wadden sea, which Langeneß sits in, was included on the UNESCO world-heritage list in 2009 and is on a part with similar wonders of nature which attract people form all over the world.
A demographic shift is therefore evident. A lack
of occupational perspectives and housing space makes it difficult, especially for the younger generations, to settle on Langeneß permanently. About half of the local population is over sixty. Global climate change contributes to rising sea levels. No one can say with precision what will become of the holms and what the future of their inhabitants will be.
In the North Sea near the german coast a few people live on the holm Langeneß. A holm is an accumulated of forming an island which is flooded with seawater several times a year during storms.
At first glance, the sparsely populated holm conveys an impression of isolation and loneliness. As I became familiar with the island I came to a different understanding of how society works there. Langeneß is a closed community where everybody knows every- body else´s business and word of what you do do spreads quickly.
With around 100 inhabitants and a surface area of 11,57 km², Langeneß is the largest of the ten holms in the world.