1 1Director, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany; Professor, Europa-Universität Flensburg; member, Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in respect of Denmark firstname.lastname@example.org
2 2Project Assistant, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany; PhD candidate, Europa-Universität Flensburg email@example.com
Language equality is not public policy in Denmark or Germany, and neither country has adopted an official state language constitutionally. Both countries protect minority languages through regional and local statutes on culture and education and have signed relevant international standards on linguistic rights for minorities and protection of regional or minority languages. Neither system is very transparent, nor comprehensive. This has created consternation and dissatisfaction among the national minorities residing in the Danish-German border region resulting in recent tensions in the municipalities in Southern Denmark, whereas the government of Schleswig-Holstein decided in 2015 to address the issue with policy reforms for public administration. This article focuses on linguistic minority rights in the Danish-German border region with specific attention to minority languages in public administration and specifically to the on-going reforms in Schleswig-Holstein.