The Danish Cultural Institute was founded in 1940 as 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 Danish Cultural Institute has branches in seven different countries and collaborative partners all over the world.




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:

Belgium (EU/Bruxelles)
Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
UK (Edinburgh)
Latvia (Riga)
Poland (Warsaw)
Russia (Sct. Petersburg)





the institutes