Youth Organisations

Find out what out-of-school activities Denmark has to offer for young people and teens...

The Danish Youth Council (DUF) is an umbrella organisation for volunteer youth organisations in Denmark and represents over 70 organisations working with children and young adults. It provides information about activities available for children and young people in Denmark.

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Leisure Clubs (Fritids- og ungdomsklubber) are day care centres for 10 to13 year-old children whereas youth clubs provide activities for teenagers aged 14 to 17 in the day and/or evening. Local authorities can provide information on the activities available in their area and should be the first point of contact for parents and young people looking for activities and clubs outside school hours.

There are a wide number of sports associations and clubs in Denmark as well as cultural and friendship groups. There is usually a small membership fee to be paid when joining, however, local authorities often contribute to the costs of these associations, which reduces the fees for participants.

Scouting and guiding in Denmark

The Danish Guide and Scout Organisation is open to both children and young people and aims to help with their development in Danish society. The organisation has approximately 25,000 members throughout the country.

KFUM - Scouts of Denmark (KFUM - Spejderne i Danmark) has five scout associations for children aged six onwards.

Youth schools and homework cafés

Parents should register their child for after-school activities at the same time as enrolling their child in the local school. Only a parent with custody of a child may sign up or cancel their child in after-school activities. Recreational clubs are open to children who have outgrown after-school centres (SFOs).

Children aged 14 to 18 have the option to attend youth school in their free time. These schools can provide tuition free of charge in a number of activities such as photography, arts and crafts, music and riding a moped. Participation is voluntary. These schools are open in the afternoon and evenings.

There are also school homework cafés situated throughout Denmark, open to all children which provide homework help for children in all school subjects. These are led by volunteers and generally take place within libraries.

Holiday programmes

Work placements, or internships are popular in Denmark during school holidays. Interns (elev) are generally unpaid as students receive the Danish state education grant (SU) once they have turned 18.