Christen Mikkelsen Kold

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Christen Mikkelsen Kold
Christen Kold (Lithographie 1912).jpg
Born29 March 1816
Thisted, Jutland, Denmark
Died6 April 1870
Dalum, Funen, Denmark
Other namesKristen Mikkelsen Kold
Known forCreation of the Danish folk high school system
Parent(s)Father Mikkel Christensen Kold, a shoemaker
A commemorative plaque for Christen Kold in Thisted

Christen Mikkelsen Kold (sometimes spelled Kristen or Cristen; 29 March 1816 — 6 April 1870) was a Danish teacher, notable for creating the Danish Folk high school system, for non-degree education of adults.

Kold was born in Thisted, Jutland.

Unsatisfied with the education system of Denmark at the time, he founded a school in Ryslinge in 1851, which later became a model for the folk high-school system. His work has to be seen in context with that of N. F. S. Grundtvig. He associated with Morten Eskesen.[1]

Kold died in Dalum, Funen.


  1. ^ "Eskesen, Morten". Retrieved 5 August 2016.

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