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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 (changed in Act. No. 1171 of December 10, 2008, and Act No. 517 of May 26, 2014) on 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 Anne Holmen


Thomas Hestbæk Andersen

Number of staff

Academic staff: 11
Ph.d. students: 0
Project employees: 0
Student helpers: 8
Administration: 2

Periodicals and serial publications

News from the Danish Language Council (Danish)


Postal address:
Adelgade 119B, DK-5400 Bogense
Visiting address:
Adelgade 119B, DK-5400 Bogense
Telephone number: +49 3532 8982

Languages in which the organisation is able to communicate actively

Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and English

Other languages in which the institution is able to receive communications

French, German


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