Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872) was a pastor, a theologian, a teacher, a writer and even a politician for a while. He lived in the 19th century in Copenhagen, hometown also to fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen and the philosopher Søren Kirkegaard.
Grundtvig is one of the most influential persons in Danish history. He has influenced Danish society in many ways and still continues to do so. It may not be visible at first glance, but Grundtvig's ideas have had a lasting impact on many areas of Danish culture like education, politics and the church.
He developed The Folk High School movement and the Grundtvigian movement. He put a distinct fingerprint on the development of Denmark into a free and democratic country.
The EU Grundtvig Programme is named after N.F.S. Grundtvig. The programme is funding non-formal adult learning co-operation and training of adult educators in Europe in order to stimulate the debate of lifelong learning.