Row of half-timbered houses with people on the street in front and a garland of flags at the level of the 2nd floor

Our village has a future

Our village has a future

"Our Village has a Future" is a nationwide competition that has been held in almost all German states since 1959. Its aim is to motivate people in rural areas to play an active role in shaping the future of their homeland. Participation strengthens local volunteerism and triggers many activities and initiatives to maintain the attractiveness of the village. ln the interaction of local politics and local government and the initiative of the residents, there are many opportunities to secure and strengthen the quality of life in the village.

All villages with up to 3,000 inhabitants are eligible to participate. Mergers of neighboring villages that have committed themselves to sustainable joint development in the sense of the village competition and have a rural structure are also possible and can be entered as one participant.


The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has decided to postpone the national competition of the 27th round of the competition until 2023 in order to give all participating German states sufficient leeway to hold the regional competitions in 2022. The regional competitions will be postponed until September/October 2021. The locations registered to date will retain this status. Further registrations will then be possible until April 30, 2021. The content of the guidelines will remain unchanged.