Some of the comments about this on the DM are wild. I figured most commenters are from the UK, where going to boarding school is pretty common, isn't it? I mean, not unheard of for those at a certain social level, right? But the comments act as if those who send kids to boarding school are somehow abandoning them.
People I know who went to boarding school loved it and have lifelong friends and adventure memories.
Sounds like the Derfs were doing a kind of study abroad exchange sort of thing. Not uncommon is it? Or maybe for Danish kids?
Harley? Maria? Other Danes?
The way F&M have done it, definitely isn’t normal by Danish standards. The kids are too young as going to boarding school is done at a very specific time/class/way. Kids stay in Denmark. Typically it’s done the last year (or two) of school, before the secondary school of whatever is chosen (various different kind of high school). It’s called “afterschool” and it’s often a themed school/stay with a focus on something - sports, travel, animal, anime, whatever. Lots and lots of kids do it. They’re 15 and older so even Christian is too young. Fred and Mary staying with them also suggests to me that Vincent and Josephine especially are too young for this.
ETA: study abroad exchange trips are done but again, most Danish kids will be older. A lot older and their parents won’t be going with them.
Takk skal du ha, Maria. That makes sense. So this weird the-whole-family-goes-to-Switzerland is strange indeed. Even at their level in society.
It’s almost bizarre I’d say.
We do have a few more British-like boarding schools in Denmark. One is for the posh people in Denmark - Herlufsholm - where Nikolaj went to high school. Princess Alexandra’s children also go there if I am not mistaken.