The history of the Danish Cultural Institute started in 1940, where the founder of the Institute, Folmer Wisti, established the Danish Society. The Danish Society was a private initiative by Folmer Visti and a group of the most outstanding personalities from the world of culture, business, education and science in Denmark.
The Institute was founded as a counter reaction to the evil times in Europe in the 1930es and based on the belief, that real cultural dialogue, cooperation and understanding is too important just to be left to States and Governments.
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 Poland and in UK in 1947 and later in other countries. In 1989 the name was changed to the Danish Cultural Institute.
At the moment the Danish Cultural Institute has branches in seven countries: Belgium, Brazil, China, Latvia, Poland and Russia. Head office is in Copenhagen.
The number and location of the institutes have varied through the years. Earlier DCI had branches in many European countries, but are now looking towards countries where it is considered to add more value for Denmark. Today DCI have branches in the following countries:
Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
Russia (Sct. Petersburg)