Bundestag MP Sabine Zimmermann (left) considers the loneliness of many people to be a serious social problem. “I have in mind that there are real alliances against loneliness on the ground. That the mayor, social organizations, social institutions, initiatives, etc. are invited and discuss what can be done” , said the politician in an interview with the German News Agency in Dresden. Of course, it is also about creating opportunities for meeting in public spaces, such as attractive seats or parks.
In the fall of 2019, Zimmermann asked the federal government for figures on the extent of the problem in Germany. The response showed that 9.1% of Germans living in private households aged 40 to 89 feel lonely. “If you refer to the appropriate age range, we are talking about around 220,000 single people in Saxony,” Zimmermann said.