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Letter from Denmark

Danish secondary schools socialise parents as well as children. But don't mention exam results.

By Sally Laird   July 1999

For the past six years we have lived in Ebeltoft, a picturesque small town on the east coast of Jutland. We knew next to nothing about Denmark before we came here, spoke not a word of the language, and-living on the campus of an international film college whose lingua franca is English-might never have progressed beyond the words for bread, beer and herring were it not for our daughter, who attends the local school.

To the extent that we have been integrated into the community, it is thanks to Skelhojeskole, one of the town’s two folkeskoler. The Danes set great…

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