Esben Johansen

We have asked our teachers to recommend a place, a street or a Danish artist. This is what Esben recommends.

Do you have a favourite place in Copenhagen?
"Amager. I love the island of Amager. On Amager, there is a little more room to expand, but at the same time, it is still a central part of Copenhagen. The urban parts have people milling about, lots of good cafés and restaurants as well as great cultural experiences and the metro. Aside from city life, Amager also offers wonderful nature such as Amager Fælled and Amager Strandpark, little oases in the middle of Copenhagen. And the locals on Amager – ‘amarkanerne’ – tend to be really nice and straightforward. No fancy airs or graces, they say it like it is." 

Who is your favourite Danish writer?
"My favourite writer is J.P. Jacobsen. Even though he died more than 100 years before I was born, his writing still has something. His pen is razor-sharp and he writes moving and precise personal portraits as well as dream-like, fantasy-filled and mystical poetry. This makes him a writer I often return to. It is no wonder that his body of work is still a regular part of the curriculum at most Danish schools and colleges."