Diplomatic relations between Poland and Denmark were established on 8th of September 1919 (re-establishment of diplomatic relations after Poland regained independence in 1918).
Poland and Denmark are close partners in the European Union, NATO and the Baltic Sea region. After 1989, Denmark consistently supported the integration of Poland into the structures of the Western world, and also provided expert assistance in the transformation process, consistently implementing a policy of anchoring the countries of the south-eastern Baltic in the euro-Atlantic community. On the political track, Poland and Denmark currently cooperate closely on a wide scope of bilateral as well as European and security issues, sharing the commitment to European integration and transatlantic security cooperation.
Polish-Danish cultural cooperation is based on direct contacts between institutions from the two countries, exchange between cities or local authorities – and, to a large extent, as a result of initiatives taken by the Embassy. These initiatives primarily focus on establishing contacts with Danish partners, such as cultural institutions and festivals; including Polish artists in Danish projects; and organizing study trips. The most popular Polish art forms in Denmark are classical music (the Polish pianists during the Year of Chopin and the many chamber musicians that have given concerts in recent years have all enjoyed great success), jazz music, modern art, film, children’s theatre and puppet theatre. Polish design is also beginning to achieve significant recognition in Denmark. Among the most important Polish cultural projects in recent years, the many events during the Year of Chopin in 2010 should be mentioned, during which 15 concerts were arranged. Queen Margrethe II and other members of the Danish Royal Family participated in the concert marking the end of the anniversary, which took place in Christiansborg Castle. After many years of absence, Polish jazz has finally made its comeback in Denmark. Excellent Polish jazz musicians have given concerts during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Copenhagen Winter Jazz in the years 2011-2015. The performances of Trio Wasilewskiego, Leszek Możdżer, Adam Bałdych and several young Polish and Polish-Danish jazz bands have attracted big audiences. Since 2012 and in cooperation with Cinemateket and The Danish Film Institute the Embassy has organized festivals of Polish and Central-Eastern European film with the participation of among others Krzysztof Krauze, Joanna Kos-Krauze, Agnieszka Holland Jerzy Sthur and Greg Zglinski. Polish modern art is also highly appreciated by Danes. Kunsthallen Nikolaj have put on display works of leading Polish artists Artur Żmijewski and Katarzyna Kozyra. During the Copenhagen Art Festival 2012, Joanna Rajkowska’s artworks were presented. In the spring of 2015, a solo exhibition of Aneta Grzeszykowska's works was put on display by Viborg Kunsthal. In recent years, thanks to the support of the Polish Instytut Książki, a number of Danish translations of Polish literature, including works by Olga Tokarczuk, Czesław Miłosz, Ewa Lipska, Bruno Schulz and Witold Gombrowicz, have been published. Furthermore, the Embassy has arranged a series of study trips to Poland for curators from leading Danish museums such as Design Museum Denmark, the National Museum, institutions of modern art as well as organizers of musical life in Denmark and journalists.
Scientific and educational cooperation
The Polish educational system provides high quality education at 22 universities. It is possible to take part of your education in Poland through an exchange program (e.g. Erasmus+) or to take your entire education in Poland. You don’t have to speak Polish to study in Poland as courses in English are available at several Polish universities. Should you prefer to study in Polish, you will have to pass a Polish language test before you start studying.
One of the advantages of studying in Poland is the higher number of lectures and the considerably lower costs of living in Poland in comparison with many other European countries.
For more practical information about studies in Poland and guide to student life in Poland, please visit the following links:
Can I bring my SU to Poland?
You can bring your SU with you for an exchange program abroad if the Danish educational institution accepts the study period abroad as part of the current Danish study program. The Danish educational institution must acknowledge that the content of your study program is on the same level as your program in Denmark. This also means that the same amount of credit (ECTS) must be awarded for the study period in question. If the international office at your home institution agrees to your study program abroad, and you are already receiving SU, your SU will continue as before.
You can also decide to take a full education in Poland. It is possible to bring your SU under certain criteria. You will need to have your education abroad accepted by the SU authorities in good time. You can apply for the SU authorities’ accept via the a formula on the SU webpage. You will also have to apply for SU for your education via minSU. You can do so 3 months before the education starts.
For details and more information on SU for studies abroad, see the web page of Styrelsen for Videregående Uddannelser og Uddannelsesstøtte
Where can I learn Polish in Denmark?
The University of Copenhagen is currently the only university in Denmark offering a full time study program of Polish language and culture as part of East European Studies:
Københavns Universitet Amager
Det Humanistiske Fakultet
Institut For Tværkulturelle Studier
Karen Blixens Vej 4, bygning 10
2300 København S
Studieskolen offers Polish language courses on various levels: from beginners, through intermediate to conversational levels
Borgergade 12, 1300 Copenhagen K
Polish at different levels for different purposes. For companies and individuals.
2100 København Ø
Polish at different levels. Courses offered in several Danish towns.
1875 Frederiksberg C
33 25 32 01
8000 Aarhus C
86 12 29 55
Polish language on post beginners and intermediate level
Rugårdsvej 15 B
5000 Odense C
65 31 72 77
Polish language on beginners and intermediate level
6705 Esbjerg Ø
70 20 23 77
FOF Midtvest (Ringkøbing, Skjern)
54 86 51 35
Where can I learn Polish in Poland?
(Please note that Danish students have the possibility of applying for a scholarship covering the costs of the language course and some of the costs of living.)
The Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners ”Polonicum”
The University of Warsaw
The School of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners
University of Wroclaw
Department of Polish Language for Foreigners
Wroclaw University of Technology
The Center for Polish Language and Culture in the World
The Jagiellonian University in Krakow
The School of Polish Language and Culture
The Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Academy of Polish Language
ul. Lendziona 17/4A
Summer School of Polish Language and Culture
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
School of Polish Language for Foreigners
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
The School of Polish Language for Foreigners
University of Lodz
“Polonus” Centre of Polish Culture and Language
for Poles from Abroad and Foreigners
The Rzeszow University
Center of Teaching of Polish for Foreigners
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz
School of Polish Language and Culture
University of Silesia, Katowice
Polish for Foreigners
School by the Sea
Summer Course of Polish Language and Culture