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Denmark is only about half the size of Wisconsin, but its influence is felt around the world. The first “great Danes” were the Vikings. Since then, many Danish artists, authors, designers, environmentalists, filmmakers, and scientists have left their mark on the world. Two of the most famous Danes are Hans Christian Andersen, author of 156 fairytales including “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Little Mermaid;,” and the father of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard.

There is a strong similarity between English and Danish vocabulary, so you have an advantage when you start learning the language. You will also find it easy to understand Norwegian and Swedish. Denmark is a democracy with a well-developed and functional welfare system that is an inspiration for anyone interested in politics and social studies. Denmark is on the cutting edge in women’s and gay rights, environment and sustainable energy, and progressive health benefits.

Majors & Certificates 

Nete Schmidt,

Language Conversation Table 

Wednesday, 6-7 pm
Rathskeller, Memorial Union
Contact Nete Schmidt, 


Live in Norden House, the Nordic House in the International Learning Community.

Study Abroad 

You can study Danish in Denmark. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Major Advising Page for Scandinavian Studies. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Engineering and the Wisconsin School of Business.

Student Organizations 

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


Consider an internship where you can use Danish, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

Danish 221 Course Trailer