After Denmark adopted its first democratic constitution in the mid-nineteenth century, responsiblity for support to art and culture graduatelly shifted from the Royal Court to the newly constituted civil administration.
The first Ministry of Culture
Denmark's first Ministry of Culture was established in 1961, marking the start of an era in which cultural affairs were given higher priority and in which the Danish population became more involved in the arts and other cultural activities. Gradually, the basic legal and financial framework for cultural life was developed.
The Ministry of Culture today
The Ministry of Culture is comprised of a central division, two agencies and a number of cultural institutions:
Agency for Palaces & Cultural Properties
Danish Agency of Culture
Se list of national cultural institutions (in danish)
The central division of the Ministry of Culture is housed in a beautiful building from 1728. This picture shows the main stairs. Photo by Simon Ladefoged.