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The border region at a glance

  • consists of the region Sønderjylland-Schleswig in the south of Denmark (Region Syddanmark) and the north of Germany (the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein)
  • ~700 000 inhabitants (~250 000 on the Danish side of the border and ~450 000 in Germany)
  • official languages: German, Danish, Friisisk (Frisian)

Language situation

  • A large variety of languages exists in this border region: German, Low German, Danish, Sønderjysk (South Jutlandic) and Frisian. Low German and Sønderjysk are regional languages; Danish, German and Frisian are minority languages. In addition, Danish and German are also foreign and neighbouring languages. Further, the extinct mixed language Flensburg Petuh is sometimes used.
  • Especially German is under pressure in Denmark. In recent years and throughout the education system (from primary school to university), there has been a declining interest in the German language. With Germany as Denmark's leading export partner, the trend is alarming. German is seen as a difficult language and English is seen as a lingua franca (Hansen 2018).


Exemple de bonnes pratiques

Interreg 5A

Le programme Interreg Deutschland-Danmark vise à promouvoir la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Allemagne et le Danemark.

Contacts in this project

Camilla Hansen
UC SYD - Centre de Mindretalspædagogik, Denmark