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The Danish Language Council




Foundation Date

March 17th, 1955

Type of institution

Public agency

Parent body

The Danish Ministry of Culture




The Danish Language Council (Dansk Sprognævn) was founded in 1955. It is a national body un-der the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, and is housed in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen on the Amager campus.

The Council has responsibility for research as well as advisory functions in official Danish language planning. It has three main tasks:

● to answer questions about Danish language usage;

● to produce the official dictionary of Danish orthography;

● to chart the development of Danish, for instance by collecting examples of new words and word usage.

The tasks of the Council are laid down in Act No. 320 of May 14, 1997, of the Danish Language Council as well as in the legal notice of the Ministry of Culture, No. 707 of September 4, 1997, concerning the activities and composition of the Danish Language Council.

In addition to its work at national level, the Council also cooperates closely with the other Nordic language councils.

Responsible person

Chairman: Professor Niels Davidsen-Nielsen


Sabine Kirchmeier-Andersen

Number of staff

Academic staff: 10
Ph.d. students: 2
Projects: 1
Students: 4
Administration: 2

Periodicals and serial publications

News from the Danish Language Council (Danish)


Postal address:
Njalsgade 136, DK-2300  Copenhagen S
Visiting address:
Njalsgade 136, 3. floor, DK-2300  Copenhagen S
Telephone number: +49 3532 8982
Fax number: +49 3532 8995

Languages in which the organisation is able to communicate actively

Swedish, Norwegian, English and German

Other languages in which the institution is able to receive communications


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