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Learning to ride a horse along sand dunes and country trails or to sail a yacht on Denmark’s relatively calm Baltic waters is a great way to get a feel for the country and learn a new skill at the same time.

In terms of more class-based courses, Scandinavia’s unique folkehøjskole, literally ‘folk high school’ (the ‘high’ denotes an institute of higher learning), provides a liberal education within a communal living environment. Folk high schools got their start in Denmark, inspired by philosopher Nikolai Grundtvig’s concept of ‘enlightenment for life’. The curriculum includes such things as drama, peace studies and organic farming.

People aged 17½ and older can enrol; there are no entrance exams and no formal qualifications such as degrees. Tuition, including room and board, averages about 8500kr for a six-week course. For more information, on the nearly 100 schools, contact Højskolernes Sekretariat (33 13 98 22; www.folkehojskoler.dk).

While most folk high schools teach in Danish, the International People’s College (49 21 33 61; www.ipc.dk) has students and teachers from around the world, and most instruction is given in English. Foreigners are welcome to enrol in short-term courses that typically last for two to eight weeks and in summer these include an intensive Danish language and culture programme.

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Want to learn Danish? Contact the nearest Danish embassy or consulate, or a local university language department, to enquire about language courses that might be offered in your home country.

A number of schools teach Danish to foreigners, but most focus on teaching immigrants or other long-term residents. Expect to pay around 90kr per hour for language instruction.

Schools that offer Danish language courses to foreigners include:

AOF (39 29 60 66; www.aof-danmark.dk)

KISS (33 11 44 77; www.kiss.dk)

Studieskolen (33 18 79 99; www.studieskolen.dk)

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