The Danish Sign Language Council
The Danish Sign Language Council was established with an amendment to the Language Council Law on 13 May 2014.
The role of the Danish Sign Language Council is to devise principles and guidelines for the monitoring of Danish Sign Language and to offer advice and information on Danish Sign Language.
The Department of Danish Sign Language is located at the Danish Language Council.
The Danish Sign Language Council has 5 members. The members of the council are:
- Asger Bergmann, chairman (Nominated by the Danish Language Council)
- Julie Bakken Jepsen (Nominated by the Danish Language Council)
- Lars Knudsen (Nominated by the Danish Association of the Deaf)
- Jette Hedegaard Kristoffersen, vice chairman (Nominated by Ministry of Higher Education and Science)
- Anette Thiesen (Nominated by The Ministry of Social Affairs and The interior)
The members are appointed for a 4-year period. The Danish Language Council nominates 2 members to the council. 1 member is nominated by Danish Association of the Deaf. 1 member is nominated by The Ministry of Higher Education and Science. 1 member is nominated by The Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs. The Minister for Culture appoints the chairman among the members of the council.
Danish Sign Language is the first language for approximately 4,000 Danish citizens, i.e. approx. 0.1 % of the Danish population. We assume that about 20,000 people use the language daily either in a private – or in a professional – capacity.
Search for signs in Danish Sign Language in the Danish Sign Language Dictionary
Danish Sign Language Council
Humletorvet 3, W4.01 UFK
1799 København V
+45 33 74 74 00
+45 33 74 74 15 (also SMS)