Famous Danish Writers

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 1 Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 2, 1805
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
Died: August 4, 1875
Legendary Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen is remembered for his fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Thumbelina, which have been appreciated by the young the old alike. Many of his tales have been adapted into films, ballets, and plays. 

 2 Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig
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Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sandi Toksvig is best known as the host of shows such as News Quiz, QI, and The Great British Bake Off. The Women's Equality Party co-founder is also a lesbian icon and has written several children’s and adult books and plays. She hosted a motivational podcast during the COVID-19 lockdown. 
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 3 Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 5, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1855

 4 Karen Blixen

Karen Blixen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rungsted, Denmark
Died: September 7, 1962

Danish author Karen Blixen is best known for her memoir Out of Africa, in which she shared her experiences of living in Kenya for a few years. She was popular across Europe and wrote under several pen names. She was awarded the Danish Holberg Medal in 1949. She was shortlisted several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

 5 Anna Karina

Anna Karina
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

Anna Karina was a Danish-French film actress, singer, and director. She often collaborated with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in many of his films, including My Life to Live and Bande à part. She set up her own production company in 1972 and made her directorial debut with Vivre ensemble. She was also a published author. 

 6 Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: December 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aarhus

 7 Ejner Johansson

Ejner Johansson
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Famous As: Art Historian
Birthdate: March 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: September 28, 2001
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 8 Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 9 Bjorn Lomborg

Bjorn Lomborg
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

 10 Camilla Dallerup

Camilla Dallerup
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Famous As: Ballroom Dancer, Writer
Birthdate: April 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark

Camilla Dallerup is a Danish ballroom dancer, author, hypnotherapist, and life coach. She is best known for winning the popular British television dance show,Strictly Come Dancing, in 2008. A meditation teacher and hypnotherapist, Camilla Dallerup has established her own coaching center called Zenme. She has also authored a couple of self-help books.

 11 Torben Ulrich

Torben Ulrich
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

 12 Sven Hassel

Sven Hassel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frederiksborg County, Denmark
Died: September 21, 2012

 13 Saxo Grammaticus

Saxo Grammaticus
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Famous As: historian, writer
Birthdate: 1150 AD
Died: 1220 AD

 14 Renée Simonsen

Renée Simonsen
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Famous As: Model, Writer
Birthdate: May 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aarhus

 15 Michael Soussan

Michael Soussan
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Famous As: Reporter
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Denmark

 16 Jakob Nielsen

Jakob Nielsen
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Famous As: computer scientist, writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen

 17 Henrik Pontoppidan

Henrik Pontoppidan
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Famous As: writer
Birthdate: July 24, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fredericia
Died: August 21, 1943

 18 Ludvig Holberg

Ludvig Holberg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 3, 1684
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: January 28, 1754

 19 Adam Price

Adam Price
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 20 N. F. S. Grundtvig

N. F. S. Grundtvig
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 8, 1783
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vordingborg Municipality, Denmark
Died: September 2, 1872

 21 Asger Jorn

Asger Jorn
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Writer
Birthdate: March 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vejrum
Died: May 1, 1973

 22 Yahya Hassan

Yahya Hassan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark
Died: April 29, 2020

 23 Piet Hein

Piet Hein
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: December 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 17, 1996

 24 Jorgen Leth

Jorgen Leth
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark

 25 Peter Høeg

Peter Høeg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 26 Gøsta Esping-Andersen

Gøsta Esping-Andersen
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Famous As: sociologist, political scientist, university teacher, economist
Birthdate: November 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denmark

 27 Regine Olsen

Regine Olsen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 23, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 18, 1904

 28 Tove Ditlevsen

Tove Ditlevsen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 7, 1976

 29 Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ordrup, Denmark
Died: January 31, 1967

 30 Jens Peter Jacobsen

Jens Peter Jacobsen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 7, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thisted, Denmark
Died: April 30, 1885

 31 Paul Elvstrom

Paul Elvstrom
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Famous As: Sailor, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hellerup, Denmark
Died: December 7, 2016

 32 Else Holmelund Minarik

Else Holmelund Minarik
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fredericia, Denmark
Died: July 12, 2012

 33 Kaj Munk

Kaj Munk
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: January 13, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lolland, Denmark
Died: January 4, 1944

 34 Aksel Sandemose

Aksel Sandemose
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 19, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Died: August 6, 1965

 35 Barthold Georg Niebuhr

Barthold Georg Niebuhr
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: August 27, 1776
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 2, 1831

 36 Adam Oehlenschläger

Adam Oehlenschläger
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 14, 1779
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 20, 1850

 37 Widad Akrawi

Widad Akrawi
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Famous As: human rights activist
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Aqrah

 38 Johannes V. Jensen

Johannes V. Jensen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Farsø, Denmark
Died: November 25, 1950

 39 Karl Adolph Gjellerup

Karl Adolph Gjellerup
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Præstø
Died: October 13, 1919

 40 Herman Bang

Herman Bang
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 20, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Als, Denmark
Died: January 29, 1912

 41 Martin Andersen Nexø

Martin Andersen Nexø
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Famous As: Danish author
Birthdate: June 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: June 1, 1954

 42 Inger Christensen

Inger Christensen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
Died: January 2, 2009

 43 William Heinesen

William Heinesen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Died: March 12, 1991

 44 Steen Steensen Blicher

Steen Steensen Blicher
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 11, 1782
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vium, Denmark
Died: March 26, 1848

 45 Holger Drachmann

Holger Drachmann
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1908

 46 Jeppe Aakjær

Jeppe Aakjær
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Famous As: Poet,novelist
Birthdate: September 10, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skive
Died: April 22, 1930

 47 Klaus Rifbjerg

Klaus Rifbjerg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 4, 2015

 48 Henrik Stangerup

Henrik Stangerup
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 4, 1998

 49 Pia Juul

Pia Juul
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Korsør, Zealand, Denmark
Died: September 30, 2020

 50 Bernhard Severin Ingemann

Bernhard Severin Ingemann
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 28, 1789
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Falster, Denmark
Died: February 24, 1862