Sollstedt is located in a rural area in the north of Thuringia, formerly part of the German Democratic Republic. Since the German reunification, Sollstedt has been heavily impacted by economic and demographic change. This has included the collapse of salt (‘Kali’) mining, job losses, outmigration, and population ageing. In addition, important institutions of social life had to be closed and building vacancies and investment backlog have arisen. All these disadvantages have impaired the development of Sollstedt.

Keeping Sollstedt independent is the main vision for the village and the strategy should be to become smart and digital by 2030.

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 proved the advantages of living in the countryside over living in an over-populated city. This can be especially true for families with parents aged 30 to 50, wishing for tranquillity. The village can offer such opportunities in the form of properties with gardens, for example, but these need to be further enhanced with technical and digital capacities.

Transforming Sollstedt into a smart village could prove an enabling factor to provide the right work-life balance that this age group is looking for.

Village strategy :

Sollstedt village strategy

Smart Rural Journey

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The smart action has aimed at contributing to the establishment of a local telemedicine network. Sollstedt has sought expert support to prepare concrete steps for setting up a local telemedicine network. By means of telemedicine services, local doctors should be enabled to provide health care through a digital channel. Generally, the preconditions for establishing telemedicine are favourable in Germany since a number of regulatory decisions have been taken by the government and the health insurers to facilitate the setting up of telemedicine schemes, also in response to declining numbers of general practitioner practices in rural areas.

Resources :

How to co-design e-services with rural communities
Lutz Kubitschke - empirica ( 17/10/2022 )
A presentation on lessons learned from the Smart Rural 21 expert support provided to three of the project’s villages: Dingle (Ireland); Penela (Portugal); and Sollstedt (Germany). The presentation was given in the workshop “When is digital technology becoming a ‘game-changer’ in improving local services?” at the Smart Rural 21 project’s Final Conference of 17-18 October 2022 in Sopot, Poland.
Language : English
Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Sollstedt (Germany)
Municipality of Sollstedt ( 12/2020 )
The Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Sollstedt has been developed in the context of the ‘Preparatory Action for Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century’ project funded by the European Commission
Language : English

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