How to be at home in Denmark

Denmark is notorious for its strong emphasis on freedom of expression and for a vivid, harsh, and open public debate.

However, it strikes many foreigners that the Danes are also very private people and that it can be difficult to make friends with the Danes. They seem to be very fond of ‘being at home’.

In this talk we will focus on ‘homeliness’ in Denmark – and how the concept of ‘the home’ plays a part in the organization of the Danish schools and spare time activities etc. And we will focus on the strange fact that Denmark and the Danes seems to be both ‘very free and open’ and ‘very private’.


Ingrid Ank is head of The Grundtvig Academy and works with the legacy of the Danish thinker, N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) and the influence of his thoughts today. She is the author of a number of books and articles on Grundtvig, Danish civil society, and freedom rights.


Stage A


Halmtorvet 11

1700 Copenhagen
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