THE HOUSE OF DENMARK
The House of Denmark is a private organisation located on the Champs Elysées in Paris. The building was inaugurated in 1995 and has since then helped Denmark firmly establish itself on the international scene.
Granted independent status by the Danish state, the House of Denmark is led by a governing board which is appointed by the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The board is led by Museum Director Michael B. Nellemann.
Also seated on the board are Ambassador Kirsten Malling Biering, Deputy Head of Board Director Søren B. Berg, Film Producer Marianne Slot, Gallery Owner Maria Lund, Associate Professor Kathrine R. Jørgensen.
DANISH CULTURE AND BUISNESS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
The House of Denmark plays host to a large number of activities and events which help promote Danish culture and savoir-faire. Its undertakings are wide ranging but above all aim to demonstrate Denmark's excellence in culture as well as industry. To achieve this, the House regularly brings in eminent guests of French and other nationalities. The House of Denmark is an exceptional asset with an unparalleled location in the heart of the capital, showcasing to the rest of the world the diverse talents and capabilities of our country.
The second floor stages various exhibitions, conferences, music festivals, film screenings, master classes and concerts, where the public has the chance to discover our classical, as well as contemporary artists. It's also principally on the second floor where the embassy lays on activities raising the profile of Danish business, as well as trade shows, audio-visual presentations between France and Denmark, and political speeches. The House of Denmark also plays an important role of representation, in particular when certain influential personalities are passing through the French capital. Furthermore, the House is somewhere where the Danish community in Paris will spontaneously congregate, whether for the parliamentary elections in Denmark or for the passing of the Tour de France down the Champs-Elysées.
In 2002, a second inauguration took place in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, the Prince Consort and a large media gathering, following extensive renovation which improved the building aesthetically as well as in terms of functionality. A bay-window looking out over the Champs-Elysées replaced the old façade, lifts were installed, the electric wiring brought up to date, the court adorned with greenery and several floors were equipped with air-conditioning. More recently, in 2005, the House of Denmark celebrated its 50th anniversary with great pride.
A MODERN CONFERENCE CENTRE
The House of Denmark also offers conferencing and professional seminar facilities to businesses or organisations of any nationality, providing impeccable levels of service in order to meet the demands of an international audience. Our seventh floor, recently refurbished and put into service in 2010, is particularly sought after for those events seeking to highlight quality and professionalism in an elegant setting. The design of this new floor - with evident Nordic inspiration - was entrusted to the architect firm Dorte Mandrup. The interior design is an unadulterated example of Scandinavian design with furniture pieces as much classical as contemporary from Hans Wegner, Grete Jalk, Mogens Østergaard, Louise Campbell and Cecilie Manz. The carpets on the seventh floor come from the workshops of Kim Naver and were given to us by the Carlsberg Foundation. Beyond its exceptional aesthetic qualities, this space also benefits from cutting edge technical equipment as well as a leafy terrace from which there are unobstructed views across the 'ville lumière'. Not to mention the House's particularly central and accessible position in the middle of the French capital.
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Since its formation the House of Denmark has been run by various Danish ministries, most recently by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1997 the legitimacy of the House of Denmark was politically contested and the closure of the House was planned, on the basis that it represented surplus spending in the state budget. The plans for closure caused a public outcry both in France as well as Denmark, and so its operating model was changed in order to assure its longevity. As a result the House of Denmark became a private institution, self-financed by leasing out parts of the building to various businesses. For example, the ground floor and first floor house the Flora Danica and the restaurant Copenhague, where exquisite dishes are cooked in Scandinavian style. Some of the profits generated by leasing out the premises fund other events organised by the House of Denmark. The central management of the institution is handled by a management committee nominated by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The executive management is handled by the House of Denmark director. The cultural program is set by the Danish embassy's cultural service in Paris. The history of the House of Denmark and its constant reinvention mean it is both a modern institution as well as a place of tradition. Spurred on by its central ethos, it has as ambition to continue to offer a space which lends itself to the mingling of Danish, French and foreign cultures and through this to show to the world the excellence of the country.