Søren Kierkegaard

Copenhagen celebrates Søren Kierkegaard's Bicentenary

Denmark's national philosopher, and one of the country's most influential cultural figures, would have celebrated his 200th birthday on 5 May 2013. Søren Kierkegaard's bicentenary will be marked this year with numerous events across the city.
Thursday, May 2, 2013

”Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards”

Even though he only lived until the age of 42,  Søren Kierkegaard managed to leave a significant and lasting legacy thanks to his still often-quoted works. He is considered to be the father of Existentialism and the source of modern man's great existential dilemmas.

The 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard's birth next year will be celebrated with a six month Golden Days festival organised by the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre and featuring a wealth of activities within the realms of culture, media and education. The celebration takes place from 5 May-11 November - from Kierkegaard's birthday, to the date of his death.

See all the Kierkagaard 2013-events

Søren Kierkegaard was born, raised and died in Copenhagen, and left Denmark only very rarely. He lies buried in Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen where his grave can still be visited, and a statue has been erected to him in the Royal Library Garden in the centre of the city.


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