Based in a 19th-century farmhouse on Falster, Højskolen Marielyst offers plenty of opportunities to ‘hygge’. However, the almost 2,000 course participants who visit the school each year do much more than that. “All the people who come through our school are active seniors who want to make the most of their retirement years. They’re people who have the zest and vitality to take part in cultural debates, lectures and activities,” says principal Christian Schou. Højskolen Marielyst is located just 200 metres from one of Denmark’s best beaches and, prior to being turned into a folk high school in 1971, the farm building was run as a beach hotel.

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