Welcome to my home page - the English part of which is meagre. Most of what I do is in Danish: articles, radio reports, books as well as commentaries on Asian affairs. Also I lecture, moderate conferences and teach international journalism, human rights and the media, openness and access to infomation etc. - in both Danish and English.

See below for selected articles in English.

Much of my work focuses on Asia: China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia and Burma in particular, and also as a sort of common denominator of most of these countries, The Mekong River - Mother of Waters. My subjects are many; mainly human interest from the perspective of politics, culture and human rights.

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I had the good fortune to be the only journalist in Denmark to conduct an interview with the Dalai Lama during his visit in 2015. As ever, an interesting and enlightning conversation with a very wise man. Watch it here.


Graphic version of my CV (for written version, see below):

TV Europa broadcast a conversation between host Marwan Dalal and myself on my activities. You can find it here.

”Everyone was really, really pleased with your performance. You managed to balance the entire venture really well; in relation to the keynote speakers as well as the Minister”

Copenhagen School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen, on the international conference on Global Health beyond the MDGs, moderated by Mette Holm


 "Just a quick note to say thanks for a most enjoyable evening at Sølyst. Interesting table guests, an entertaining / thought provoking programme and fantastic food… in short, a perfect combination!  And as a person who has arranged more than 300 events, the Oracle event was probably the best company event I’ve ever attended!"

Executive director, AmChamDenmark, American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark on event hosted by Oracle Denmark on the new world order, moderated by Mette Holm


"The outcome of the seminar for journalist in Mongolia was great. We were interviewed several times in different newspapers; also, we were invited to some TV  and radio programs to talk about Mongolian blind people’s situation"

G. Dondow, organiser of seminar for Mongolian journalists where Mette Holm spoke on human rights journalism, advocay, sensitisation, etc, in September 2011


For Mette Holm's CV please look below.

Contact: mail@metteholm.com


A few articles in English:

The Great Narrative of China - Huffington Post

Courting the Arctic - Huffington post

Art in China - an Effervescent Battleground

Back when Camels were Welcome in Beijing - translation of my contribution (in Danish) to a recent photo publication by Niels Bjørn on China’s Mega Cities, Livet i Kinas kæmpebyer

China's Bully-Diplomacy - opinion piece

Not in my Name - opinion piece

Education or Health? Either or? - Global Health Minders

My opening speech for Wang Qingsong's remarkable exhibition at KØS, Denmarks only museum of art in the public space. Visit KØS

My take on Global Health; given the myriad of disciplines, stakeholders and opinions involved, it may seem reckless for a lay person to endeavour to describe what it entails; never the less I stick my neck out here and give it a try!

An interview with me on the Mekong River in the Chinese internet publication gbtimes.

Chinese Communist Party flagship media People's Daily and Xinhua News Agency go public - interview with media professor Zhao Yuezhi on the consequences for ideology, commercialisation and the general media picture in China.

Chinese media trying to conquer the world - and world opinion - interview with media professor Zhao Yuezhi on China's grappling with how to fit a historical empire into a modern nation state and how to reconcile contradictions between a revolutionary and a modern constitutional state. This translates into an extremely ambitious attempt to redefine China, externally as well as internally.

Sino-Tibetan dialogue should look to the Roma, Mongolia and Bhutan - inclusion rather than exclusion and oppression; The Roma don't demand physical land borders. Bhutan has rid itself of feudalism peacefully, & in Mongolia 70 years of brutal oppression of religion only strengthened it, never weakened it. Printed in the national Danish daily Politiken.

Economic development with Chinese Characteristics - printed in the investor magazine FUND NEWS 1, 2008.

The Road to Law in Cambodia: In the years 2003-07 I helped develop and run a unique weekly radio programme in Cambodia on rule of law for DIHR. More here


Books in English (& French)

Serving the World - Rosinante, 2017, with Mogens Lykketoft

After 15 months’ service at the UN, the couple give an introduction to the UN, its special action areas and point to the future and future challenges of international cooperation. Relevant not least in these times of Donald Trump. Also, they give an engaged and inspiring account of their work as President and ‘First Lady’ respectively of the UN 70th General Assembly.

 Buy it here

 or here (Amazon)





La Chine - chemin faisant, Esprit Ouvert, 2008. Avec Mogens Lykketoft.

La Chine, le pays le plus peuplé du monde, est en plein essor économique, ayant des hautes visées pour le devenir l'une des nations les plus puissantes du globe dans les vingt ans à venir. Jamais pauvreté ne fut éliminée aussi rapidement pour se voir remplacée par un capitalisme d'une telle sauvagerie, Mais cette croissance a un prix : des conséquences catastrofique pour le milieu natural, une corruption scandaleuse et destructive, un peuple tenu dans l'ignorance par la censure. Esprit Ouvert



Openness and Access to Information - your key to public affairs, DIHR 2008

A brief but thorough description of the right to access to information and the concept of openness in governance. This book explains why openness is important, and answers a whole slew of questions about who should have access to information and how this human right can be exercised in practice. I wrote it on the basis of its mother publication, Openness and Access to Information, published by DIHR and Local Government Denmark for educational purposes. Further info. Download for free in English or Arabic


 Vision of my Life - Copenhagen, 2007

Photo documentation by 43 Copenhagen citizens armed with an instant camera and assigned with specific motifs; e.g. "my home," "my friends," "my family" and also more subjective topics: "something I wish for" and "something I don't like" etc. Edited by Susanne Mathiesen and myself. A large selection of the photos was exhibited in Copenhagen City Hall. See the comprehensive catalogue in pdf here. Further info.


Mekong River - Mother of Waters, MRC 2003.

The Mekong River traverses most of "my" countries in Asia, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on its way from Tibet to the South China Sea; countries in which I have travelled and worked extensively. 70 million people along the river depends on it completely for survival. Some still live like did their ancestors in medieval times, others live off highly industrialised fishing. Each and everyone regards the river as sacred, and they know and respect its whims. I have travelled many different parts of The Mekong in several different vessels. This book - text as well as photos - is the result of these travels. Originally published in Danish in 2001. Acquire it here.




Mette Holm, born 1953





Experienced writer and journalist as well as teacher of journalism and trainer with some 20 years in Print, Radio/TV, education and public information - in English as well as Danish. Mette Holm frequently comments on Asian affairs. Specialised in Asian affairs, with particular focus on humanitarian issues, human interest and political affairs, ranging from local politics to social and international affairs. She has worked extensively in China (incl. Taiwan), Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Mongolia and to a lesser extent in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand as well as Cuba, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Georgia and a number of other countries. She has taught various subjects at The Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus (in English) as well as Greenlands’ School of Journalism in Nuuk. She serves as external examinator at several of the Danish educational institutes of journalism and moderates conferences (mainly international; on Asian affairs or human rights issues such as combatting torture, access to information, human rights jurnalism in general etc.).

She has written several educational and analytical books and has contributed to many others on Asian affairs. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker on Asian affairs and human rights.

Associate Senior Fellow at NIAS, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen

Board member at

Levende Menneskerettigheder/Human Rights in Action

Open Fun Football Schools - CCPA, Cross Cultural Project Association.

Free lance




Reports, commentaries, essays & analyses on Chinese and other Asian affairs for several leading media in Denmark, print, radio and TV, as well as lectures, work shops, moderator at large conferences, talks on Asian subjects in various fora - businesses, universities, associations, schools, libraries etc. External examniator at journalists' educations. Regular contributor to regional Swedish news paper Sydsvenskan.

Print and radio journalism, teaching at the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus (International News Gathering; in English) and Greenland’s School of Journalism. Nuuk, (radio journalism and international news); books for Danida and other publishers, as well as contributor to books on Asia and on human rights issues. Lecture in India on human rights journalism. Information officer for The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), Copenhagen (incl. attendance to 1999 session in Geneva of the UN Human Rights Commission). Travels extensively in Asia as well as the occasional trip to other countries, e.g. in Southern Africa. Received several Danida grants for working trips in Asia. Speech writing for Sectretary General at IRCT and executive director at DIHR


 Selected assignments 2002-2007 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Consultant on radio project with Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia on the radio programme The Road to Law in Cambodia; Ms Holm developed and helped plan and further develop a weekly radio programme (in Khmer) to educate and inform on Cambodia’s legal system, international conventions to which the country is party, best practices in other countries, etc.

2000-1, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

Extensive research for book on Mekong River for Danida as well as concultancy for Mekong River Commission (Phnom Penh); this trip included many meetings with high ranking officials as well as stays in remote villages along the river in several countries.

2008, China, Bhutan & Nepal, etc.

Research for supplementary travel guide on democratisation & human rights in 14 selected countries in Asia

 BOOKS  and contributions to books in Danish (& French)

Mongoliet - stemmer fra steppen (Mongolia - Voices from the Steppes). Frydenlund 2015

Dagbog fra Beijing - 25 år senere; hvor gik kineserne hen? (Diary from Beijing - 25 years later; where did it take the Chinese?). Gyldendal, 2014.

Burma Myanmar - fortællinger fra et land i forandring (Burma Myanmar - tales from a country in transition). With former Minister for Foreign Affairs Mogens Lykketoft, People'sPress 2012

Asien & menneskerettigheder - en vejviser (Asia and Human Rights - a Guide). Supplementary travelguide on democracy and human rights in 14 selected Asian countries. IMR & DUPS 2010

Openness and Access to Information - your key to public affairs - DIHR, 2008

Kina - kapitalisme med særlige kinesiske kendetegn (China - Capitalism with Chinese Charasteristics) 2nd ed. with former Minister for Foreign Affiairs Mogens Lykketoft, Gyldendal 2008.

La Chine - chemin faisant; French version of the above, with Mogens Lykketoft, Editions Esprit Ouvert, France, 2008.

Kina – drager (China) with former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mogens Lykketoft, Gyldendal, 2006.

Vietnam – et land i Asien (V – a country in Asia), Klematis, 2004

Finansiering af udvikling – Monterrey-konsensus (Financing for Development – Monterrey Consensus) with Lise Penter Madsen, Danida, 2002

Kina – fra Kejserdømme til Kapitalisme

(China – from empire to Capitalism; history book for high school), Frydenlund, 2001. 2nd edition, 2014.

Mekongfloden – Vandenes Moder (Mekong River – Mother of Waters), Danida, 2001 (published in English by MRC 2003)

Vietnam – en politisk og økonomisk oversigt (V – a political and economic overview), Danida, 1998

Dagbog fra Beijing (Diary from Beijing), GEC GAD, 1989

Contributor to Tibetanske Hjerter (Tibetan Hearts), Aschehoug, 2001

Contributor to Vietnam i forandring (V in transition), Frydenlund, 1999

Contributor to Etik i Dansk Erhvervsliv (Ethics in Danish Business), J-P’s Erhvervsbogklub, 1998

Contributor to Breve fra Østblokken (Letters from the East Block), Thaning & Appel, 1990

 - and many other publications on Asian affairs


Education and training

* Studies in Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, 1978-83.

* Chinese studies, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, Beijing, PRC, 1981-82

* Diploma in Journalism, the Danish School of Journalism, 1987.

* Radio and TV production courses, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), 1988-1990.

* Several professional journalist courses ; i.a. in Japan, UN system (New York), Cuba, EU (Bruxelles, Strasbourg), Middle East (Istanbul, Damascus & the Lebanon) 1989-2003

* International Visitor (individual IVP) in USA, 2000.

* International human rights course at DIHR, Copenhagen, 2003.

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