Outside Scandinavia in Western Europe it is particularly Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Holland, Portugal and Italy that are core areas for Andersen interest. To a lesser degree in Great Britain.
Very great interest is found nowadays in Eastern Europe and the Far East (China, Vietnam and Japan).
There is also considerable interest in Hans Christian Andersen in the United States, Brazil and Australia.
It is characteristic that outside Denmark and Germany Andersen is mainly considered a children's writer. Ambitious editions in France, Japan and Vietnam, however, have tried to change this traditional picture.