The mission is to promote a lifelong learning with focus on personal autonomy and active citizenship in the context of liberal adult education, cultural activities and voluntary associations in the Danish, Nordic and European civil society. 

Interfolk strives as part of its mission

To promote liberal adult education and cultural learning that focus on personal autonomy, active citizenship, social inclusion, and cultural cohesion.

To create partnerships with Nordic and European associations within liberal adult education, NGO-activities and the spheres of voluntary arts and culture;

To ensure that the objectives of lifelong learning adhered to by the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers also continues the best of the intentions of the Nordic-European tradition of enlightenment and Bildung.

The conceptual basis of Interfolk is based on the Nordic Grundtvigian tradition of liberal adult

education as well as the wider European humanistic traditions of Enlightenment and Bildung 

– where the main emphasis is on freedom of mind, personal autonomy, active citizenship, cultural diversity in the context of a strong civil society, a free public debate and a living democracy. 

Oskar Schlemmer: Man in the circle of ideas


""Freedom our watchword here in the North, freedom for Loke as well as for Thor."

Nordic Mythology, 1832


Drawing by P. C. Skovgaard, 1847

Immanuel Kant

"Enlightenment is man's

release from his self-incurred tutelage (.). Sapere aude! 'Have courage to use your own reason!'- that is the motto of enlightenment.'

An Answer to the Question: 'What is Enlightenment?”, 1784