In six months, Corona managed to do what sociologists, spatial and urban planners have been calling for in vain for 20 years: the (re-) upgrading of the countryside as a place to live and a way of life.

Suddenly there is talk of the rural idyll again - in the hope of being able to make that peace with nature there that the city with its contact restrictions, its distance and mask requirements, its closed shops, restaurants and discos are currently refusing.

The country, which its original inhabitants, especially the young, are increasingly turning their backs on, has a considerable idealistic pull on the townspeople.

What is remarkable is the iron attachment of this enthusiastic clientele to a concept of rurality that the remaining family farms have long since given up.

Citizens' initiatives by townspeople organize resistance against wind turbines, industrial factory farming and new rural industrial areas, advocate afforestation and nature reserves and demand the conversion of private forests into national parks and primeval forests.