Danish mentality and identity are largely influenced by the country’s history and the thinking of its philosophers. By maintaining old buildings and using them for something new and modern, the Danish society is uniting its past with its presence.

“The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.” – Søren Kierkegaard
__ Søren Kierkegaard was an 18th century Danish philosopher and writer, considered one of the founders of the expressionism and one of the greatest thinkers of the Danish ‘Golden Age’. His 200 years birthday is celebrated in 2013 with numerous cultural events in Denmark and over 30 events abroad: a Kierkegaard-seminar in Iran, Kierkegaard-exhibition in Poland and a Kierkegaard-conference in Mexico:
See the programme: kierkegaard2013.dk
and visit: Søren Kierkegaard Centre.


__ Thinking that shaped Denmark
Grundtvig’s thoughts about adult learning and shared community enterprises have had a tremendous influence on Danish thinking and education system during the last 150 years. Danish author Tor Nørretranders’ new book ‘Commonities: Communities, Commons and Cooperation’ finds inspiration in Grundtvig’s principles.
Video: Tor Nørretranders interview

__ Staying connected with their heritage
In the middle of Copenhagen you will find the small area Christianshavn which seems disconnected from the rest of the city as it has not been modernised. Christianshavn reminds people about their past and enables them to be a part of it. This way of holding on the a city's history is a way for the Danes to stay connected with their heritage.
Watch video and experience Christianshavn

__ Visit ancestors at Hjerl Heath
Hjerl Heath Museum is a popular destination for learning about Danish history and heritage. It is an open-air museum where one can actively experience how the ancestors of the Danes lived before the time of industrialisation. The museumfacilitates workshops in an old village which consists of farms, a blacksmith, a tavern, a school, a vicarage, a church and a mill, as well as ‘living-history’ events.
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__ Heritage Agency of Denmark
The Heritage Agency, a body under the Danish Ministry of Culture, has the regulatory responsibility for sites and monuments, listed buildings and state-subsidised museums in Denmark.
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