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The Ultimate List of Books, Movies and Series to Make You More Knowledgeable About Denmark

Here you are! We’ve put together a treasure chest of books, movies and series that will make you more knowledgeable about Denmark!

There are plenty of great resources for those of you with an international background who live or work in Denmark – and those of you who live elsewhere in the world but collaborate with Danish colleagues or business partners.

We can also recommend the list to those of you with a Danish background who want to sharpen your own cultural self-understanding.

Many thanks to all of you in our network who recommended your favorite books, movies and series!

At the top of this blog post, you’ll find the titles that we think are the best ones to start with:

If you want to go more in depth, then continue to the Even more interesting books, movies and series section at the bottom of the blog post.

This is where you’ll find no fewer than 147 additional books, movies and series about or from Denmark that have also been recommended to us.

You will also find selected books here about or from the other parts of the Kingdom of Denmark: Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Have fun!

Top 40 books about or from Denmark

Across the Nordic countries

The Almost Nearly Perfect People. The Truth About the Nordic Miracle

By Michael Booth, Vintage, 2015.

The stereotypical image often associated with Nordic countries comes to the fore in this book in a vivid and slightly sarcastic way. The book, which is for people in and outside the Nordic countries, describes the differences and similarities between the people of the Nordic countries from a humorous perspective.

Living with Vikings – How to Live and Work in the Nordic Countries

By Kirsten Weiss, Gyldendal Business, 2017.

Weiss investigates what is characteristic of each of the Nordic countries and what they have in common. The book is relevant for internationals who work in or with Nordic countries and for people in the Nordics who want to learn more about themselves.

On the move – Lessons for the Future from Nordic Leaders

By Pernille Hippe Brun, People’s Press, 2019.

What is Nordic management style, and what advantages and pitfalls can there be in implementing this management style outside the Nordic countries? The answer can be found in this book, which intertwines management theory and anecdotes from interviews with over 50 managers who were born in the Nordic countries and live abroad. The book is relevant reading for all global managers and especially those who want to introduce Nordic management outside of Scandinavia.

Working in Denmark

How to Work in Denmark

By Kay Xander Mellish, KXMGroup, 2022.

Kay Xander Mellish is a Danish-American dual citizen based in Copenhagen. One of her specialties is helping internationals understand Denmark and the Danes. In this book you will find a treasure trove of practical tips on how to get a job in Denmark and navigate the Danish workplace. The new 2022 version has additional chapters about virtual collaboration, how to best manage Danish employees, and on the work culture in Denmark vs. Sweden, Norway and Germany.

Welcome to the Danish Labour Market

By Tom Thinggaard Pedersen, MEN2R Forlag, 2016.

This reference book guides you through the Danish labor market and gets to grips with relevant topics in a Danish context. As a newcomer to Denmark, you’ll get answers to questions that will arise before, during and after you get a job.

Living in Denmark and the 'Danish mindset'

How to live in Denmark

By Kay Xander Mellish, KXMGroup, 2017, 2nd edition.

What do newcomers to Denmark need to know in order to navigate and live in the Danish society? This book is a guide that will put a smile on your face and answer many questions about Denmark that often come to mind for foreigners.

The book is also available as an e-book in Arabic and Chinese.

The Year of Living Danishly. Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

By Helen Russell, Icon Books Ltd., 2015 / Turbine, 2015.

When Helen Russell moved from London to Jutland in Denmark, she set out to investigate why Danes are called the happiest people in the world. In this entertaining book, you can read about her conclusions: Where do the Danes get it right, where do they get it wrong – and can we all do with living 'a bit more Danishly'?

Nothing like a Dane – A Real-life Search for Hygge in Denmark

By Keri Bloomfield, Pembar Press, 2022.

A humorous, honest and well-written book by Keri Bloomfield about her experience of cultural differences as a newcomer to Denmark from New Zealand. She recounts her everyday life as a ‘kiwi mother’ in Denmark, describing situations that will put a smile on the face of many internationals and make them cringe too as they will most likely relate to her experience.

Danish Humour: Sink or Swim

By Lita Lundquist and Helen Dyrbye, Samfundslitteratur, 2022 (available only as an e-book).

Lita Lundquist and Helen Dyrbye's e-book is full of thought-provoking (and entertaining!) examples of non-Danish encounters with Danish humor in professional contexts. The book offers a lot of sharp insights and good advice for navigating the distinctive Danish humor. It’s relevant for all internationals who work or live with Danes – and for Danes who live or work across cultures!

How to Be Danish – a Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark

By Patrick Kingsley, Atria Books, 2014.

What is the essence of Danish thinking and the Danish way of life? Patrick Kingsley provides insight into aspects of Danish culture that may even surprise the Danes. At the same time, the book is a practical travel book for newcomers to Denmark.

Being Danish: Paradoxes of Identity in Everyday Life

By Richard Jenkins, Museum Tusculanum, 2012, 2nd edition.

A comprehensive, anthropological work on Danish culture and sense of identity by Richard Jenkins, Professor of Sociology. His studies of Danishness and Danish folklore are based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in the small town of Skive in Jutland in the 1990s, where the perspective is turned inwards towards Denmark and outwards towards the EU and the world.

The Little Book of Hygge – Danish Secrets to Happy Living

By Meik Wiking, William Morrow & Co., 2017.

Meik Wiking, an expert in happiness research, guides us around the concept of 'hygge' – a keyword in the Danish mindset. A 'hyggelig' (or 'pleasant') lifestyle is Wiking's take on why Denmark is 'the happiest country in the world'. The book helps foreigners and Danes to understand 'hygge' and become more content with themselves.

Danish history and cultural history

The Vikings

By Else Roesdahl, Penguin Books, 2018, 3rd edition.

In this book full of illustrations, Roesdahl, historian and professor of medieval archaeology, describes everyday life during the Viking Age. The reader gets an insight into life as a Viking, including the Vikings' social structure, art and culture, as well as a description of their journeys to Asia and other places in the world.

A history of Denmark

By Knud J. V. Jespersen, Red Globe Press, 2018.

Historian Knud J.V. Jespersen looks back at over 500 years of Danish history from the 16th century to today to explain how present-day Denmark has developed, where historical events, politics and economics are intertwined. The book is for anyone interested in gaining an insight into Denmark's development.

An Introduction to Danish Culture

By Norman Berdichevsky, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.

This book provides an introduction to Danish culture, language, history and society and a greater understanding of the Danish population and lifestyle. Berdichevsky also briefly introduces us to well-known Danish figures such as H.C. Andersen, Karen Blixen and Niels Bohr.

What to see and do in Denmark

Lonely Planet Denmark (Travel Guide)

By Mark Elliott, Carolyn Bain and Cristian Bonetto, Lonely Planet, 2018, 8th edition.

With this travel guide, you get an insight into the sights, eateries, amusement parks and other attractions in Denmark that are worth a visit. The book, which covers the whole country, offers, among other things, cultural insights, photos, maps and travel tips for budgets large and small.

DK Eyewitness Denmark (Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness Travel, DK Eyewitness Travel, 2022.

This handy travel guide is packed with tips on the best places to eat, shop and sleep, as well as descriptions of attractions, hidden gems, detailed maps and beautiful photos. The book covers all the regions of Denmark as well as places in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

The book is also available as an e-book.

Lonely Planet Pocket Copenhagen: Top Experiences, Local life, made easy (Travel Guide)

By Cristian Bonetto, Lonely Planet, 2022, 5th edition.

Here’s an up-to-date travel guide to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen by Lonely Planet. The guide features tips for days out to Tivoli, Amalienborg, Nyhavn and much more, and the book is small enough to put in your pocket.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Copenhagen (Pocket Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness Travel, DK Eyewitness Travel, 2022.

In addition to itineraries for day trips, a weekend stay or a week-long holiday in Denmark's capital, this book provides lists of the top 10 'must-sees', museums, shopping streets and eateries. The guide is easy to take with you on the trip and it has a laminated map of Copenhagen.

Learning Danish

Get Started in Danish – Absolute Beginner Course

By Dorte Nielsen Al-Gailani, Hodder & Stoughton General Division, 2015.

If you’ve never spoken Danish before and want a basic understanding of the language, this book is for you. The book contains dialogues, grammar and practical exercises that will enable you to have simple conversations.

Complete Danish Beginner to Intermediate Course (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)

By Bente Elsworth, Hodder & Stoughton General Division, 2013.

If you already have some knowledge of the Danish language and want to improve, this book can take you from beginner to intermediate level. With over 2,000 commonly used Danish words, the book can help you expand your vocabulary so that you can become more familiar with reading, writing, listening and speaking in Danish.

Danish: A Comprehensive Grammar

By Tom Lundskaer-Nielsen, Routledge, 2010, 2nd edition.

With this book, you get a thorough review of Danish grammar in English. A useful reference book with parallels to the English language and a wealth of examples from everyday life in modern Danish. The book is suitable for those studying Danish at all levels.

The book is also available as an e-book, Kindle.

Learn to Speak Danish without Even Trying

By Stephen Hernandez, ‎Independently published, 2021.

With 'Learn to Speak Danish without Even Trying' you get ideas and strategies on how to learn to speak Danish. The focus of the book is how you learn, not what you learn. With his book, Hernandez offers inspiration on how to create a tangible study plan, maintain motivation and have fun while learning Danish.

Short Stories in Danish for Beginners

By Olly Richards, Teach Yourself, 2019, bilingual edition.

The book consists of 8 short stories in Danish, which are designed to expand your knowledge of Danish while keeping you entertained! The book is aimed at young people and adults who are learning Danish and are at an intermediate level. There are several different genres such as crime and science fiction, and after each story you get a glossary and a summary in Danish.

Fiction about or from Denmark

The Complete Fairy Tales

By Hans Christian Andersen, Lily Owens (editor), Gramercy, 1993.

The world-famous Hans Christian Andersen must of course be featured on any list of Danish fiction. This book is a collection of his fairy tales that don't always have happy endings. And like all great storytellers, Hans Christian Andersen was able to make the fairy tales very relatable.

H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales were originally published in Danish during the period 1835-1872.

Fear and Trembling

By Søren Kierkegaard, Penguin Classics, 1986.

Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish theologian and philosopher who is often called the father of existentialism and one of the greatest thinkers of the 19th century. This book is considered one of his masterpieces, where Kierkegaard, inspired by the Old Testament story about Abraham and his son, Isaac, tackles faith, fear of God and resignation. A philosophical work rather than pure fiction.

The book was originally published in 1843 with the title "Frygt og bæven" under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio.

Stolen Spring

By Hans Scherfig, Gyldendal, 2016.

'Stolen Spring' is considered one of the great classics in modern Danish literature. It’s a criticism of the old Danish school system (also known as 'the black school'). The book is based on Scherfig's own experience and is still relevant and poignant today.

The book was first published in 1940 with the Danish title "Det forsømte forår".

Winter's Tales

By Isak Dinesen, Penguin Books, 2001 / Gyldendal, 2010.

Karen Blixen, one of Denmark’s most recognized authors, wrote this series of stories set in Denmark under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. The stories are about young people who, for various reasons, want to break with their social bonds. At the same time, the stories also depict a time when women's roles were changing.

The book was originally published in 1942 with the Danish title "Vinter-Eventyr".

The Chronic Innocence

By Klaus Rifbjerg, Gyldendal, 2021, 9th edition.

Klaus Rifbjerg is one of the giants of modern Danish literature, and this youth novel is considered to be his masterpiece. It’s a classic that tackles continuous relevant topics such as youth, friendship, love and broken dreams.

The book was originally published in 1958 with the Danish title "Den kroniske uskyld".

The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency

By Tove Ditlevsen, ‎Picador Paper, 2022.

In 2021, the New York Times named Tove Ditlevsen's Copenhagen Trilogy as one of the 10 best books of the year. Born in a working-class neighborhood in 1917, we follow the great, female, Danish poet and writer Ditlevsen as a child, teenager and adult. In the trilogy, she vividly and candidly recounts about love, poverty, the relationship with her parents, marriage and drug addiction.

The three books in the trilogy, which have the Danish titles "Barndom", "Ungdom" and "Gift", were originally published between 1967 and 1971.


By Inger Christensen, New Directions, 2006.

Inger Christensen got her breakthrough with this collection of poems that touch on subjects such as power, anxiety and love. What is characteristic of Christensen's writing, which also consists of plays, children's books and essays, is her socially critical and modernist style, which is also relevant today, as well as her ability to be academic and popular.

The collection of poems was first published in Danish in 1969 under the title "det".

The History of Danish Dreams

By Peter Høeg, Vintage, 2014 / Rosinante, 2011, 3rd edition.

From the acclaimed author Peter Høeg, this family saga begins in 1520 and takes you through Denmark's changing times and environments up to the present day. The book is a summary of what the Danes have feared and expected over the centuries.

The book was first published in Danish in 1988 under the title "Forestilling om det 20. århundrede".

Denmark for kids and teens

Susan moves to Denmark

By Helle Granhøj, Turbine forlaget, 2011.

A book for expats in Denmark written from a child's perspective. Susan moves to Denmark when her father gets a new job, and we follow her as she adapts to life in the new country. The book, which is suitable for children from around 5 years of age, offers facts and good advice for international families who have moved to Denmark.

The book is currently only available as an e-book.

Am I small? Er jeg lille: Children's Picture Book English-Danish (bilingual edition)

By Philipp Winterberg, Independently published, 2021, hardcover.

Here’s a bilingual picture book for children of pre-school age. In this entertaining story, which includes a word-for-word translation, we follow the little animal, Tamia, on her journey, as she asks other animals the important question: "Am I small"?

The book was originally published in 2014.

An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea and many more classic stories

By Hans Christian Andersen, Anastasiya Archipova (Illustrator), Floris Books, 2014.

8 selected stories by the well-known Danish author and poet H.C. Andersen are beautifully illustrated in this collection of fairy tales, which is particularly suitable for younger primary school children (6-9 years). The book also includes a short introduction about the author.

Legends of the Norse Kings – The Saga of King Ragnar Goatskin and the Dream of King Alfdan

By Isabel Wyatt, Floris Books, 2013.

The two Nordic sagas in this marvelous book were originally told and sung way back from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The stories about the sagas were transcribed by writers from the Middle Ages, and appeal to children aged 7-11 years.

The book is also available as an e-book from the publisher Not.

Awesome Minds: The Inventors of LEGO (R)Toys

By Erin Hagar, Duo Press LLC, 2016, 5th edition.

The LEGO company originally started by producing wooden toys in 1930s Denmark. Today, most people associate LEGO with plastic bricks that have unlimited construction possibilities. In this little book, which is suitable for children aged 7 to 12, you get a colorfully illustrated and entertaining biography of the family behind the LEGO Group.

Way of the Waves

By Janina Ramirez, Oxford University Press, 2019.

Together with her wolf, Fenrir, Alva, who is a shield maiden, goes on an adventurous journey in the medieval Viking universe in search of her father. Beautifully illustrated and vividly told, Way of the Waves is the sequel to Riddle of the Runes and is aimed at children from around the age of 9.

The book is also available as an e-book, Kindle.

Number the Stars

By Lois Lowry, Harpercollins Publishers, 2011.

In this poignant tale of friendship and courage during the resistance movement, we find ourselves in German-occupied Denmark during World War II. In the book, which is aimed at children from around the age of 10, we follow two friends Annemarie and Ellen. Ellen's family are Jewish and are helped by Annemarie's family to escape from Copenhagen to Sweden.

The Shamer's Daughter

By Lene Kaaberbøl, ‎Pushkin Children's Books, 2011, reprint edition.

This Danish fantasy series has received accolades at home and abroad. Aimed at older children aged approx. 10-14 years, the series consists of 4 books about a girl called Dina, who must save her mother from the dragons in the castle town of Dunark. Dina has a special power, which she inherited from her mother; she can see shame and secrets in people's eyes.

The series was originally published during 2000-2003 under the Danish title "Skammerens Datter". Also available as an e-book.

Movies and series 

A few words about subtitles

The top 10 movies and top 5 series, which you can read about below, are all available with English subtitles – either on various streaming services or on DVD.

At the bottom of the blog post in the sections where you can find even more interesting movies and series about or from Denmark, you will find that most of the titles have English subtitles.

But if you feel like exploring Danish movies and series yourself – how do you know if they have English subtitles?

Here are some methods you can use:

  • Check out the large selection of streaming services – many of them (e.g. Netflix) allow you to search for Danish movies or series.
  • You can also search across different streaming services on platforms such as PlayPilot.
  • For earlier movies and series: See if you can find them on DVD with English subtitles.
  • In the Danish Film Institute’s film database you can find a lot of facts about Danish movies and series. If a movie/series has been screened at international film festivals, has an international title and is sold internationally, it will typically be available with English subtitles.
  • If you live in Denmark: Check your local cinema. In some of the larger cities there will be cinemas that regularly show Danish movies with English subtitles – e.g. Øst for Paradis in Aarhus, Cinemateket in Copenhagen and ATLAS Biograferne in Rødovre.
  • If you live in Denmark: Visit your local library and check the Danish library’s digital movie service Filmstriben (there isn’t always information about subtitles, but you can stream a number of movies completely free every month).
  • If you live in Denmark: Ask your local Newcomer Consultants what they would recommend.

If you’d like to learn Danish, you could consider turning on the Danish subtitles instead of the English ones. Several people in our network say how this has strengthened their international friends/family members' Danish language skills!

Once again, a big thanks to all the nice people in our network who provided input about movies, series and subtitles.

Top 10 movies about or from Denmark

The Olsen Gang (Olsen-banden)

Directed by Erik Balling, 1968-1998.

As many as 14 films about the Olsen Gang were directed by the renowned Danish film director Erik Balling before his death. The Olsen Gang movies are among the most watched movies in Danish cinemas. In the crime comedy series, we follow the gang, consisting of 3 men, and their attempt to become millionaires through stealing.

Babette’s Feast (Babettes Gæstebud)

Directed by Gabriel Axel, 1987.

The movie, which won an Oscar for best foreign language movie of the year, is based on a story by the famous Danish author Karen Blixen. In the movie, we find ourselves in a small Danish village on the west coast of Jutland at the end of the 19th century. The French housekeeper who lives with two unmarried, Puritan sisters, daughters of a priest, wins the lottery and serves a sumptuous dinner that becomes a redemptive experience for the sisters and their guests.

Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren)

Directed by Bille August, 1987.

A socially realistic insight into life as a farmworker on the Danish island of Bornholm at the end of the 19th century. We follow a middle-aged Swedish father and his son who get work on a large farm. The Oscar-winning movie also won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and is based on the first part of a novel by Danish author Martin Andersen Nexø.

The Celebration (Festen)

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, 1998.

Skeletons emerge from the closet during a 60th birthday party in an otherwise well-to-do family. The Celebration is the first so-called dogma film where special effects and other cinematic technology are absent. It is the story itself and the acting that are the supporting elements, and Vinterberg as a film director told the story so well that the movie won several awards at home and abroad, including at the Cannes Film Festival.

Golden Heart Trilogy (Guldhjerte-trilogien)

Directed by Lars von Trier (1996-2000).

This movie trilogy consists of "Breaking the Waves" (1996), "The Idiots (Idioterne)" (1998) and "Dancer in the Dark" (2000). The great Danish film director Lars von Trier got his international breakthrough with these three movies, which tell a story of female suffering.

The One and Only (Den eneste ene)

Directed by Susanne Bier, 1999.

A huge cinematic success in Denmark with over 800,000 tickets sold, this is Susanne Bier's breakthrough movie. This romantic comedy is full of warm, Danish humor with lines that are still quoted today, 23 years after its release. For example, have you heard "Too bad, Sonnyboy"? The main characters, both in a complicated relationship, meet by chance and sweet music ensues.

Flickering Lights (Blinkende Lygter)

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, 2000.

We follow four criminal friends from Copenhagen, who after getting their hands on 4 million Danish kroner from their last heist, run away and end up opening a village inn in Jutland. Great Danish actors such as Mads Mikkelsen have been cast for the movie, where stereotypical, tough guys come together as a new family. This critically acclaimed cocktail of Danish comedy and raw violence is Anders Thomas Jensen's feature directorial debut, bursting with iconic one-liners and tickling the politically incorrect tastebuds.

In a Better World (Hævnen)

Directed by Susanne Bier, 2010.

This drama, which won an Oscar for best foreign language movie, takes place in a Sudanese refugee camp and a provincial town in Denmark. In the film, we follow an expatriate Danish doctor who does well at work, but in private he is an absent father and is separated because he has been unfaithful to his wife. The film tackles themes such as the father-son relationship and the dilemma between resignation and revenge.

Queen of Hearts (Dronningen)

Directed by May el-Toukhy, 2019.

Successful lawyer Anne is happily married and begins an affair with her stepson. Trine Dyrholm, a great Danish actress, excels in the lead role in this dark drama about power, desire and abuse and has won awards at home and abroad, e.g. at the Sundance Film Festival.

Another Round (Druk)

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, 2020.

Another gem from Vinterberg, which won the Oscar for best international movie. Four high school teachers test the theory that people are born with half a percent alcohol deficiency in their bloodstream. The movie provides an insight into Danish drinking culture, which can sometimes get the better of you, but is also about friendship, love, courage and freedom.

Top 5 series about or from Denmark


Directed by Erik Balling, 1978.

In the series, we follow the inhabitants of the provincial town of Korsbæk from 1929 to 1947. A visiting merchant starts a women's clothing store and later a bank. He immediately comes into conflict with the well-established competitor in the town, who is supported by the local bank manager. Packed with the Danish acting greats of the time, you get a piece of Danish history in a TV series that still manages to bring Danish people together across generations.


Directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Rumle Hammerich, written by Adam Price, 2010.

The title "Borgen" is a very telling reference to Christiansborg, the seat of the Danish parliament (Folketinget) and focal point of this drama series. We follow an ambitious, female, Danish politician's path to the post of Prime Minister and her other political appointments. The series, which has won awards at home and abroad, is not only about politics, but also about power, democracy, journalism, work-life balance and human relationships.

The Bridge (Broen)

Directed by Henrik Georgsson and others, 2011.

In this Scandinavian crime thriller, a male Danish detective must collaborate with a female Swedish investigator to solve a series of politically motivated crimes spanning the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Between bestial murders and tension, we also experience the conflict between the regimented and the sensitive person, loneliness, love, colleagues and family relationships.


Directed by Lars Kaalund and Jannik Johansen, 2012.

In this warm comedy-drama about life as a primary school teacher and mother, we meet Rita. A freedom-loving, straightforward and politically incorrect woman who’s good at fighting for other people's children, but not so good at taking care of her own. The series is full of everyday conflicts in a Danish context, where we also get an insight into parental roles, children's and youth culture and the Danish elementary school, although we must remember that it’s fiction with a sprinkle of Danish humor.

The Chestnut Man (Kastanjemanden)

Directed by Kasper Barfoed and Mikkel Serup, 2021.

In this award-winning crime drama, we move between the 1980s and present-day Denmark in a beautiful palette of autumn colors. A chestnut man (a figure made from the nuts of a chestnut tree) turns out to be the signature of a murderer with a history that can be traced back to the disappearance of a politician's child.

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Books about or from Denmark

Across the Nordic countries

  • "A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland". By Thomas Kingston Derry, University Of Minnesota Press, 2000.
  • "The Complete History of Scandinavia: Covering Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Vikings, and More". By ‎Christopher Hughes, Independently published, 2021.
  • "The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life". By Anu Partanen, Duckworth, 2018.
  • "Når vikinger slås - Hvorfor Skandinaviske virksomheder har det så svært med hinanden". By Kirsten Weiss, Kirsten Weiss Kommunikation, 2015, 2nd edition.
  • "Verdens lykkeligste folk – en bog om Danmark". By Lena Sundström, Forlaget Republik, 2009.

Working in Denmark

  • "Business-dances with Danes – Decoding Danish Workplace Culture". By Dagmar Fink, Worktrotter Publishing, 2012.
  • "Working with Danes: Tips for Americans". By Kay Xander Mellish, KXM Group, 2021 (audiobook), 2020 (e-book), book (2019).

Living in Denmark and the 'Danish mindset'

  • "Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes". By Helen Dyrbye, Steven Harris and Thomas Golzen, Oval Books, 2008.
  • "Introducing Denmark and the Danes - A Two Hour Briefing". By David E. Nye, Insight Books, 2012.
  • "The Danish Way of Parenting". By Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl, Piatkus Books, 2016.
  • "Humorsocialisering: Hvorfor er danskerne ikke så sjove som de selv tror". By Lita Lundquist, Samfundslitteratur, 2020.
  • "Hvor taler du flot dansk!". By Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, Politikens Forlag, 2017.
  • "The Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark". By Worktrotter DK ApS, 2009.
  • "Denmark - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture". By Mark Salmon and Culture Smart!, Kuperard, 2019.
  • "Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World". By Malene Rydahl, W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.
  • "How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life". By Signe Johansen, St. Martin's Griffin 2017.
  • "The Nordic Kitchen: One year of family cooking". By Claus Meyer,  Mitchell Beazley, 2016. 
  • "Copenhagen Cult Recipes". By Christine Rudolph and Susie Theodorou, Murdoch Books, 2019.

Danish history and cultural history

  • "History of Denmark: A Captivating Guide to Danish History (Scandinavian History) ". By Captivating History, 2022.
  • "1864: The Forgotten War that Shaped Modern Europe". By Tom Buk-Swienty, IPS - Profile Books, 2015.
  • "Countrymen The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis". By Bo Lidegaard, Signal, 2013.
  • "Conquered, Not Defeated: Growing Up in Denmark During the German Occupation of World War II". By Peter H. Tveskov, Hellgate Press, 2003.
  • "Danish Architecture and Society: From Absolute Monarchy to the Welfare State". By Nan Dahlkild (editor), Museum Tusculanum Press, 2020.
  • "101 Danish Design Icons". By Lars Dybdahl, Hatje Cantz, 2017.
  • "Hans Christian Andersen: A New Life". By Jens Andersen, Abrams Press, 2006.

Learning Danish

  • "Dansk er ikke så svært" / "Dansk er lidt svært" / "Dansk er svært". By Michael Øckenholt, Gyldendal, 1999-2001.
  • "Den Lille - til dig, som lærer dansk og taler engelsk". By Mika Sun Black, Alfabeta, 2019.
  • "Book2 English – Danish For Beginners: A Book in 2 Languages". By Johannes Schumann, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2008.
  • "Learn Danish: For Beginners". By Christopher Panaretos, Independently published, 2020.
  • "Danish Frequency Dictionary – Essential Vocabulary: 2500 Most Common Danish Words". By MostUsedWords,, 2019.
  • "Learn Danish with Word Search Puzzles". By David Solenky, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018.
  • "Lonely Planet Fast Talk Danish 1 (Phrasebook)". By Bergljót av Skardi, Peter A Crozier, Karin Monk and Birgitte Hou Olsen, Lonely Planet, 2018.
  • "Everyday Danish for Beginners – 400 Actions & Activities". By Innovative Language Learning, Innovative Language Learning LLC, 2015 (audiobook).
  • "Danish vocabulary for English speakers". By Andrey Taranov, T&P Books, 2012.
  • "Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English: A Fun Guide to Small but Significant Errors". By Kay Xander Mellish, KXM Group, 2018 (e-book, 2021).
  • "Danish Word of the Day - 365 High Frequency Words to Accelerate Your Danish Vocabulary". By Word of the Day, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
  • "Berlitz: Danish Phrase Book & Dictionary (Berlitz Phrase Books)". By Berlitz Publishing, 2012.

Fiction about or from Denmark

  • "Niels Lyhne". By Jens Peter Jacobsen, FQ Classics, 2008. The book was first published in 1880 with the same title "Niels Lyhne".
  • "Lucky Per". By Henrik Pontoppidan, Everyman's Library, 2019. The book was first published as eight booklets in the years 1898 to 1904 with the Danish title "Lykke-Per".
  • "The Fall of the King Paperback". By Johannes V. Jensen, University Of Minnesota Press, 2012. The book was first published as three parts in 1900-1901 with the Danish title "Kongens Fald".
  • "Havoc". By Tom Kristensen, New York Review Books Classics, 2018. The book was first published in 1930 with the Danish title "Hærværk".
  • "Seven Gothic Tales" (Vintage International). By Karen Blixen, 1991. The book was first published in 1935 with the Danish title "Syv fantastiske fortællinger" under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen.
  • "Out of Africa". By Karen Blixen, Penguin Classics, 2001. The book was first published in 1937 with the Danish title "Den afrikanske farm" under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen.
  • "Babette's Feast". By Karen Blixen, Yolla Bolly Press, 1997. The book was first published in 1958 with the Danish title "Babettes gæstebud" as part of the work "Skæbne-anekdoter" ("Anecdotes of Destiny").
  • "Smilla's Sense of Snow". By Peter Høeg, Picador, 2012. The book was first published in 1992 with the Danish title "Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne".
  • "Silence in October". By Jens Christian Grøndahl , HarperVia, 2002. The book was first published in 1996 with the Danish title "Tavshed i oktober".
  • "We, the Drowned". By Carsten Jensen, ‎Mariner Books, 2012. The book was first published in 2006 with the Danish title "Vi, de druknede".
  • "The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel". By Jussi Adler-Olsen, Dutton, 2012. The book was first published in 2007 with the Danish title "Kvinden i buret".
  • "The Dinosaur Feather". By Sissel-Jo Gazan, Quercus, 2014. The book was first published in 2008 with the Danish title "Dinosaurens fjer".
  • "The Africa Trilogy" (Exile, Revolution, Liberty). By Jakob Ejersbo, MacLehose Press, 2011-2014. The trilogy was first published in 2009 with the Danish titles "Eksil", "Revolution" and "Liberty".
  • "The Murder of Halland". By Pia Juul, Coach House Books, 2015. The book was first published in 2009 with the Danish title "Mordet på Halland".
  • "This Should be Written in the Present Tense". By Helle Helle, Soft Skull Press, 2016. The book was first published in 2011 with the Danish title "Dette burde skrives i nutid".
  • "Anger Is My Middle Name". By Lisbeth Zornig Andersen, Amazon Crossing, 2020. The book was first published in 2011 with the Danish title "Zornig – Vrede er mit mellemnavn".
  • "One of Us Is Sleeping". By Josefine Klougart, Open Letter, 2016. The book was first published in 2012 with the Danish title "Én af os sover".
  • "Copenhagen Tales". By Helen Constantine, Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • "When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back". By Naja Marie Aidt, Quercus, 2020. The book was first published in 2017 with the Danish title "Har døden taget noget fra dig så giv det tilbage – Carls bog".
  • "The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century". By Olga Ravn, Lolli Editions, 2020. The book was first published in 2018 with the Danish title "De ansatte: En arbejdspladsroman fra det 22. århundrede".
  • "The Norse Myths: Stories of The Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold". By Tom Birkett, ‎ Quercus Publishing, 2018.
  • "The Land of Short Sentences". By Stine Pilgaard, World Editions, 2022. The book was first published in 2020 with the Danish title "Meter i sekundet".

Denmark for kids and teens

  • "Peep Inside a Fairy Tale - The Little Mermaid". By Anna Milbourne, Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2019. Suitable for children aged 3-5.
  • "My First Words in Danish: Basic vocabulary for beginners". By Mia Bowen, Kindle (e-book), 2015. This pronunciation guide for Kindle is illustrated and suitable for children aged 3-5.
  • "Denmark Travel Activity Book and Journal". By Family A Go Go,  Independently published, 2019. A travel book suitable for children aged 3-8.
  • "Fairy Tales" (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition). By Hans Christian Andersen, Penguin Classics, 2006. H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales were originally published in Danish during the period 1835-1872. Also available in a Chinese version from Tsinghua University Press, 2016, and suitable for children aged 6-9.
  • "There's a Viking in My Bed and Other Stories". By Jeremy Strong, Puffin, 2009. Also available as an e-book and suitable for children aged 7-9.
  • "Molly and the Magic Suitcase: Molly Goes to Copenhagen". By Chris Oler, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Also available as an e-book and suitable for children aged 8-12.
  • "The Dragon's Hoard: Stories from the Viking Sagas". By Lari Don, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2017. Suitable for children aged 8-11.
  • "The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark". By Carmen Agra Deedy, Peachtree Publishers, 2020. Also available as an e-book and suitable for children aged 8-12.
  • "Denmark: Unpacked". By Clive Gifford, ‎ Wayland, 2017. Suitable for children aged 9-11.
  • "Sticks across the Chimney: a story of Denmark". By Nora Burglon, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. This viking story is suitable for children aged 9-12.
  • "When Mischief Came to Town". By Katrina Nannestad, Clarion Books, 2018. Suitable for children aged 10-12.
  • "Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki" (Walker Studio). By Kevin Crossley-Holland, Walker Studio, 2017. Suitable for children and teenagers aged 9-16. 

Movies about or from Denmark

  •  "The Word" (Ordet). Directed by Carl Theodor Dryer, 1955.
  • "Strike first Freddy" (Slå først, Frede). Directed by Erik Balling, 1965.
  • "Pusher". Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, 1965.
  • "Italian for Beginners" (Italiensk for begyndere). Directed by Lone Scherfig, 2000.
  • "The Green Butchers" (De grønne slagtere). Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, 2003.
  • "Adam's Apples" (Adams æbler). Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005.
  • "After the Wedding" (Efter brylluppet). Directed by Susanne Bier, 2006.
  • "Oneway-ticket to Korsør" (En enkelt til Korsør). Directed by Gert Fredholm, 2008.
  • "Take the Trash" (Blå Mænd). Directed by Rasmus Heide, 2008.
  • "Worlds Apart" (To verdener). Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, 2008.
  • "A Royal Affair" (En Kongelig Affære). Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, 2012.
  • "Love Is All You Need/The Bald Hairdresser" (Den skaldede frisør). Directed by Susanne Bier, 2012.
  • "Teddy Bear" (10 timer til Paradis). Directed by Mads Matthiesen, 2012.
  • "The Hunt" (Jagten). Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, 2012.
  • "The Keeper of Lost Causes" (Kvinden i buret). Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard, 2013.
  • "Copenhagen". Directed by Mark Raso, 2014.
  • "Father of Four: The Return of Uncle Sofus" (Far til fire: Onkel Sofus vender tilbage). Directed by Giacomo Campeotto, 2014.
  • "Summer of ‘92" (Sommeren ‘92). Directed by Kasper Barfoed, 2015.
  • "The Danish Girl" (Den danske pige). Directed by Tom Hooper, 2015.
  • "Across the Waters" (Fuglene over sundet). Directed by Nicolo Donato, 2016.
  • "The Day Will Come" (Der Kommer en dag). Directed by Jesper W. Nielsen, 2016.
  • "Adult Under Construction". Directed by Walther Jensen, 2017.
  • "Darkland" (Underverden). Directed by Fenar Ahmad, 2017.
  • "Holiday". Directed by Isabella Eklöf, 2018.
  • "A Fortunate Man" (Lykke-Per). Directed by Bille August, 2018.
  • "Erna At War" (Erna i Krig). Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, 2020.
  • "Powder Keg" (Krudttønden). Directed by Ole Christian Madsen, 2020.
  • "It’s Not Over Yet" (Det er ikke slut endnu). Directed by Louise Detlefsen, 2021.
  • "Skyggen i mit øje" (The Bombardment). Directed by Ole Bornedal, 2021.
  • "As In Heaven" (Du som er i himlen). Directed by Tea Lindeburg, 2021.
  • "Against The Ice". Directed by Peter Flinth, 2022.
  • "Forever" (Resten af livet). Directed by Frelle Petersen, 2022.
  • "Holy Spider". Directed by Ali Abbasi, 2022.
  • "Toscana". Directed by Mehdi Avaz, 2022.

Series about or from Denmark

  • "The Kingdom" (Riget, 1 og 2 og 3). Directed and written by Lars von Trier and others, 1994.
  • "The Killing" (Forbrydelsen). Directed by Morten Arnfred, written by Søren Sveistrup and others, 2007.
  • "The Protectors" (Livvagterne). Directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, written by Mai Brostrøm and others, 2009.
  • "Dicte: Crime Reporter" (Dicte). Directed by Jannik Johansen, written by Dorte Warnøe Høgh and others, 2013.
  • "Vikings". Directed by Ciaran Donnelly, written by Michael Hirst and others, 2013.
  • "Klaes the Roommate". Directed and written by Behrouz Bigdeli and others, 2015.
  • "Norskov". Directed by Louise Friedberg, written by Dunja Gry Jensen and others, 2015.
  • "Greyzone". Directed by Jesper W. Nielsen, written by Morten Dragsted and others, 2018.
  • "Warrior" (Kriger). Directed and written by Christoffer Boe and others, 2018.
  • "The Rain". Directed by Kenneth Kainz, written by Jannik Tai Mosholt and others, 2018.
  • "Darkness: Those Who Kill" (Den som dræber: Fanget af mørket). Directed by Carsten Myllerup, written by Ina Bruhn and others, 2019.
  • "Equinox". Directed by Søren Balle, written by Tea Lindeburg and others, 2020.
  • "Chosen". Directed by Kasper Munk, written by Jannik Tai Mosholt and others, 2022.
  • "Travelin’ Young". YouTube channel about living in Denmark by the American Young family.

The TV shows below have been recommended to us by internationals in our network. As far as we know, they are not available with English subtitles, but you can use them to strengthen your Danish language skills while learning about various aspects of Danish culture (music, food culture, etc.)

  • "Nak & Æd". TV program about food and hunting by DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) from 2010.
  • "Masterchef Danmark". Reality program about food competition by TV3 from 2011.
  • "Toppen af Poppen". Music TV program by TV2 from 2011.

Books about or from Greenland

Greenland: Culture, history, and what to see and do

  • "Inussuk - Pejling mod Grønland". By Lena Lauridsen, CultureCrossing, 2015.
  • "Land under the Pole Star: A Voyage to the Norse Settlements of Greenland and the Saga of the People that Vanished. of the People That Vanished". By Helge Ingstad, St. Martin's Press, 1966.
  • "Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North". By Peter Freuchen, Echo Point Books & Media, 2013. Freuchen’s narration of Greenland was first published in 1936.
  • "The Snow People: Life Among the Polar Inuit". By Marie Herbert, Pan Macmillan, 1976. The book was first published in 1973 and is also available as a Kindle version from 2018.
  • "The Arctic: A History". By Richard Vaughan, Sutton, 2008. This summary of the Arctic history was first published in 1994.
  • "The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future". By Jon Gertner, Icon Books Ltd, 2020.
  • "GREENLAND unseen …". By Carsten Egevang, Alle alle publishing, 2021.
  • "QIMMEQ - The Greenland Sled Dog". By Carsten Egevang, Alle alle publishing, 2020.
  • "Denmark and the New North Atlantic: Narratives and Memories in a Former Empire". By Kirsten Thisted (editor) and Ann-Sofie N. Gremaud (editor), Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2020.
  • "Greenland Tourism: Explore The Beauty of Greenland: Greenland Travel Guide". By Lamar Laquentin, Independently published, 2021.
  • "Trekking in Greenland - The Arctic Circle Trail: The Arctic Circle Trail" (Cicerone Trekking Guides). By Paddy Dillon, Cicerone, 2019.

Fiction about or from Greenland

  • "The Children and the Whale". By Daniel Frost, Kleine Gestalten, 2018. The picture book is suitable as a bedtime story for children aged 3 and above. Also available in German with the title "Die Kinder und der Wal".
  • "A Journey to the Mother of the Sea". By Mâliâraq Vebæk, Inhabit Media, 2019. Also available as an e-book, this fairy tale is suitable for children aged 9-12 and was first published in 2015 with the title "Sassuma Arnaanut pulaarneq". Also available with the Danish title "Besøg hos havets moder".
  • "The Vinland Sagas". By unknown author, translated by Keneva Kuns, Penguin Classics, 2008. Consisting of the sagas "The Saga of the Greenlanders" and "The Saga of Erik the Red", this collection was originally written in the 13th century with the titles "Grænlendinga Saga" and "Eiríks Saga Rauða".
  • "Greenland-trilogy" By Kim Leine: "The Prophets of Eternal Fjord" (Liveright, 2017) and "The Colony of Good Hope" (Picador, 2022). The trilogy with the Danish title "Grønlands-trilogien" was first published with the Danish titles "Profeterne i Evighedsfjorden" (2012), "Rød mand - sort mand" (2018) and "Efter Åndemaneren" (2021). Third book is per October 2022 not yet published in English.
  • "Last Night in Nuuk". By Niviaq Korneliussen, Black Cat, 2019. The debut novel was first published in 2014 with the title "Homo sapienne".

Books about or from the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands: Culture, history, and what to see and do

  • "The Faroe Islands: Interpretations of History". By Jonathan Wylie, University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
  • "The Land of Maybe: A Faroe Islands Year". By Tim Ecott, Short Books, 2021.
  • "Denmark and the New North Atlantic: Narratives and Memories in a Former Empire". By Kirsten Thisted (editor) and Ann-Sofie N. Gremaud (editor), Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2020.
  • "Faroe Islands" (Bradt Travel Guides). By James Proctor, Bradt Travel Guides, 2019.

Fiction about or from the Faroe Islands

  • "The Flat Rabbit". By Bárður Oskarsson, Darf Children's Books, 2019. Suitable for children aged 4-6, the picture book was first published in 2011 with the title "Flata kaninin". Also available in German, French and Danish and other languages.
  • "The Old Man and His Sons". By Heðin Brú, Telegram Books, 2011. This Faroese novel was first published in 1940 with the title "Feðgar á ferð".
  • "The Lost Musicians". By William Heinesen, Dedalus Limited, 2006. Also available as an e-book, the novel was first published in 1950 with the Danish title "De fortabte spillemænd".
  • "Walpurgis Tide". By Jógvan Isaksen, Norvik Press, 2016. The crime fiction was first published in 2005 with the Faroese title "Krossmessa".
  • "The Brahmadells". By Jóanes Nielsen, Open Letter, 2017. The book was first published in 2011 with the title "Brahmadellarnir".
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