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Online Program

Adventures Online: The People & Culture of Copenhagen

Program No. 24216RJ
Whether you’re a fan of Nordic Noir or want to learn more about Viking history, get an insider’s look at the people and culture of Denmark during this live, online learning adventure!

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At a Glance

Why are the Danes considered the “happiest people on Earth?” Find out as you get an insider’s look into the culture and people of Denmark during this live, online learning adventure! With local experts, trace Danish heritage from the time of the Vikings to modern day, and learn how Danish democracy and mutual trust contribute to the country’s overall “happiness.” Explore the home of the Danish Parliament and Supreme Court during a virtual field trip to Christiansborg Palace and enjoy an online exploration of the harbor and canals of Copenhagen. Meet a Danish family who will offer a look into daily life in Denmark, and learn about the Danish philosophy of hygge. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you trace Danish culture from its Golden Age to modern day, and take in lectures on Nordic Noir, Danish architecture, gastronomy and more.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the incredible Christiansborg Palace — the seat of the Danish Parliament, Danish Prime Minister’s Office and Supreme Court of Denmark — during a virtual field trip with an expert.
  • Meet a Danish family and enjoy an opportunity to ask them about daily life and living in Denmark.
  • Get insight into Danish culture and design as you take in lectures on Hans Christian Anderson, Nordic Noir, Danish architecture and Denmark’s modern gastronomy scene.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Scandinavia Map
by Michelin Maps
With an index, area maps and a table of driving times and distances, this handy, frequently updated map covers all of Scandinavia, including Denmark, at a scale of 1:1.5 million on one side of the sheet.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larss
The Killing (Forbrydelsen)
Prize winning Nordic Noir crime serial from 2007 (Danish). American version from 2011 Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K. Derry
The story of Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
by Meik Wiking
Why are the Danes so happy? Some contribute it to the emphasis on the sense of comfort and community known as Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). Wiking teaches readers about this national philosophy with practical, attainable suggestions of how to incorporate hygge into everyday life.
Insight Guide Scandinavia
by Insight Guides
From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs.
Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Andersen
A collection of his poetic fairy tales for children and adults, including the icon tales of the Ugly Duckling and The Ugly Duckling.
A History of Denmark
by Palle Lauring
A classic book on Danish History with a focus on history. Only last 30 pages are on modern society.
Borgen (The Castle)
“Borgen," the is a Danish political drama television series. Won the British Academy Television Awards in 2012. Available on Netflix.
The Bridge (Broen/Bron)
Prize winning Danish/Swedish Noir television series, where the crime setting is the bridge between Denmark and Sweden.

Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.