Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage is our link to the past. In Denmark we strive to communicate, preserve and explore our cultural heritage for the greatest possible benefit of the population of the country and our guests.

Familiarity with the cultural heritage provides a good point of departure for understanding the times we live in, and knowledge of the cultural heritage gives us the possibility of entering into dialogue with the world around us. Denmark has a rich cultural heritage preserved in landscapes and urban environments and in the form of collections at our cultural institutions.

The ministry’s cultural preservation area includes tasks concerning Danish cultural heritage in the broad sense. A large part of the Danish cultural heritage is in the country’s museums, archives, palaces and castles, and libraries. But preservation of the country's ancient monuments and buildings is an important element in the overall effort to preserve our common culture.

The Danish Agency of Culture and the Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties are key institutions in the field of cultural heritage.