The history of the Danish Cultural Institute started in 1940, where the founder of the institute, Folmer Wisti, established the Danish Society.
The aim of the Danish Society was to promote international understanding through information about Denmark and to further exchange of culture, ideas - and experience between Denmark and other countries. The first departments abroad were established in 1947. In 1989 the name was changed to the Danish Cultural Institute.
Since the foundation, the Danish Cultural Institute has put much effort into its local representation in other countries, which are often situated outside the capitals of the countries in mention.
The number and location of the institutes have varied through the years. Earlier there were institutes in France, the USA, Holland, northern Italy and Austria. Today there are institutes in the following countries: