Danish Language Village
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About the Village

Denmark is the birthplace of legendary author Hans Christian Andersen and is regularly recognized as one of the happiest countries on earth. Learning Danish at Skovsøen, our Danish Language Village, will be an experience you’ll treasure for a lifetime. You’ll have opportunities to sing songs and learn about Danish music. Outdoor activities include canoeing, hiking, swimming and Danish games such as kubb (throwing game) and rundbold (similar to baseball and cricket). Meals featuring traditional Danish foods like frikadeller (meatballs), smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches) and rødgrød med fløde (traditional fruit soup) will delight and inspire. Experience the language and culture of Denmark at Skovsøen!

Our Danish Location
The Biking Danes
Aebleskiver (Pancakes)
Woven Danish Hearts
Traditional Games
Butik (Village Store)
Friendships Abound!
Teaching the CLVway!
Lake Time
Building Community
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A Lifetime of Learning

From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!

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Youth Overnight

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks

Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.

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High School Credit

Season: Year-round

Duration: 4 Weeks | 24 Weeks

Earn a year’s worth of language credit in just four weeks (24 weeks for Virtual fall/spring option). Accredited by Cognia.

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Adventure Day Camp

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week

Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.

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Youth Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.

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Adult Overnight

Season: Year-round

Duration: 3 Days | 1 Week

Learn a new language or advance your skills in a fully immersive environment. Choose from Workshops, Weekends or Week-long programs.

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Government & Corporate

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.

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Upcoming Danish Camps & Programs

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Upcoming Holiday Workshops

Nordic Holiday Workshop
Adult Overnight
Dec 6
Dec 8
Ages 21 - 99
Cost: $
Minimum deposit $50
Registration closes
Nov 22, 2024
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Female openings:
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Government & Corporate Programs

A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.

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Need-based scholarships are available for Danish summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.

Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

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Our Location:


Turtle River Lake

While the Danish Language Village, Skovsøen, shares facilities with Salolampi, the Finnish Language Village, we maintain our own unique Danish setting. The Windmill environmental learning center with a Danish garden cottage is a highlight of the site. This site is also shared with Sjölunden, the Swedish Language Village, and was developed along the idea of a lovely fishing village. At our Danish Language Village, cabins are nestled in the woods along with the weaving/crafts studio, library and group activity areas. Up to 10 villagers and two counselors reside in each bright and cozy cabin. Each cabin also offers space for relaxing and sharing special moments with your cabin mates. Private restroom and shower facilities are located within each cabin. The centrally located sauna is a favorite among villagers.

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Read more about our professional staff at Skovsøen, our Danish Language Village.

Emily Laila Helgerson


Emily Laila Helgerson began her role as Dean of Skovsøen in 2023. She has worked for the Language Villages since 2005 as a counselor, credit teacher and facilitator, business manager, kitchen helper, lifeguard and assistant dean. Laila and her family lived in Denmark for 18 months where she worked at both the Østerbro and Copenhagen International Schools. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish with a minor in Italian from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s in Second Language Teaching with a focus in immersion from McGill University.

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Steffen Borg Niemann

Program Leader

Steffen Borg Niemann grew up in Denmark but has lived in the U.S. since 2008. He has taught the Danish high school credit program at Skovsøen. Borg is also a documentary filmmaker who has made programs for Danish TV channel TV2. Borg's Danish heritage is very important to him and he keeps up to date with current Danish events and Danish culture.

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Jessica Dina Korynta

Program Leader

Jessica Dina Korynta is part of the leadership team of Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village. Dina has been a villager, credit villager, counselor, volunteer, business manager and staff counselor as well as now leading the Nordic Holiday Weekend. Dina earned her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

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Work at Concordia Language Villages

Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.