Famous Danish Men

One of the smallest countries in the world, Denmark is but home to one of the happiest and most satisfied people. Danes, as they prefer calling themselves, have been the leading contributors to world literature, art, culture, science and entertainment. Their progressive thinking and assiduous effort helped Denmark rise far and above from the Danish Viking days. And much of it has been due to their constant effort and never-say-die spirit. Danish men have greatly contributed to the country’s and the world’s history. And if you still don’t believe us, read ahead.

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 1 Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gentofte Municipality, Denmark

Musician, songwriter, and record producer, Lars Ulrich, is best known as the drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica. Born into a family of tennis players, he was initially expected to play the sport as well. However, he was more interested in music and proceeded to pursue a successful career in the field. 

 2 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. 

 3 Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 7, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 18, 1962
Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr is remembered for his work on the atomic structure and quantum theory. He laid down the Bohr model of the atom and established the Niels Bohr Institute. The element Bohrium has been named after him. He was also part of the British nuclear project.
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 4 Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard
10
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 5, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1855

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, social critic, poet, and religious author. Widely regarded as the first existentialist philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard is sometimes referred to as the Father of Existentialism. He is also credited with influencing many theologians, philosophers, and writers like Paul Feyerabend, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Jorge Luis Borges.

 5 Peter Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

 6 Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Mads Mikkelsen is a Danish actor best known for his portrayal of Le Chiffre in the 2006 spy film Casino Royale, which earned him international recognition. One of the most celebrated and decorated Danish actors of his generation, Mads Mikkelsen has received several prestigious awards such as the Bodil Award, European Film Academy Achievement award, and Cannes Film Festival Award.

 7 Ivar the Boneless

Ivar the Boneless
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Famous As: Viking Warrior
Birthdate: 0800 AD
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: 0873 AD
Viking leader Ivar the Boneless is known for his invasion of Anglo-Saxon England. Icelandic legends state that he was born with weak bones, as his father had broken a vow. He is also identified as Ímar, who founded the Uí Ímair Dynasty and ruled Northumbria and the Kingdom of Dublin.
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 8 Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 14, 1546
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knutstorp Manor, Sweden
Died: October 24, 1601
Danish astronomer and writer Tycho Brahe, an heir to a noble family, was one of the last greatest naked-eye astronomers. According to the Tychonic system of astronomy, the Sun orbited the Earth. His assistant Johannes Kepler used Tycho's astronomical data to form his laws of planetary motion.

 9 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rudkøbing, Denmark
After starring in films such as Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau amazed audiences with his iconic two-time Emmy-nominated role of Jaime Lannister in the series Game of Thrones. He first gained fame with the Danish film Nightwatch. He is also a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.

 10 Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

The winner of Critics' Choice Television Award, Giancarlo Esposito is known for playing a variety of roles in films and TV series. From portraying drug dealers to policemen, Esposito has proved his versatility in the American film industry. He has also been featured in popular video games, such as Payday 2 and Far Cry 6.

 11 Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Middelfart, Denmark
Five-time Danish Football Player of the Year Christian Eriksen has gained fame as a Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, and now plays for Inter Milan. He has been Hotspur’s Player of the Year twice and became the only player apart from Beckham to score 10+ assists in four successive Premier League seasons.

 12 Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper Schmeichel
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 13 Cnut the Great

Cnut the Great
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Famous As: King of Denmark
Birthdate: 0990 AD
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: November 12, 1035

 14 Lukas_Graham

Lukas_Graham
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

Lukas Graham is a Danish musical band which comprises multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Lukas Forchhammer, drummer Mark Falgren, and bassist Magnus Larsson. Lukas Graham has won a couple of prestigious awards such as Danish Music Award and MTV Europe Music Award.

 15 Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye

Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye
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Famous As: Viking Warrior
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 0891 AD
Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye was a legendary Danish king and Viking warrior who lived in the 9th century. Scandinavian records state he was the son of Viking Ragnar Lodbrok and Áslaug. Some histories also identify him with King Sigfred. He was played by David Lindström in the History Channel series Vikings.

 16 Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyngby, Denmark

Danish film director and screenwriter Lars von Trier has been active in the entertainment industry for almost four decades. He is known for exploring topics like existential issues, politics, mental health, etc. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix, and the Prix du Jury. He has seven Academy Award nominations as well.

 17 George I of Greece

George I of Greece
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Famous As: King of Greece (1863-1916)
Birthdate: December 24, 1845
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 18, 1913

George I of Greece reigned as the king of Greece from 1863 until his murder in 1913. During his reign of nearly 50 years, which is the longest in the history of modern Greece, George helped expand Greece's territory significantly. During his reign, Greece also became increasingly prosperous and attained a popular place on the European stage.

 18 Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: November 13, 1903

Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French painter best remembered for his contributions to Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. He is credited with establishing a group of 15 aspiring artists, for which he served as a pivotal figure. He was regarded as a father figure to several important painters, including Vincent Willem van Gogh.

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 19 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
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Famous As: Prince of Denmark
Birthdate: May 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark is the first in order of succession to the Danish throne. Frederik has various interests that range from climate change to sports. He often encourages the people of Denmark to stay active and healthy. He has also established the Crown Prince Frederik's Foundation, which aims to provide financial support to students and encourage scientific expeditions.

 20 Alex Hogh Andersen

Alex Hogh Andersen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slagelse, Denmark

Alex Høgh Andersen is a Danish actor, photographer, and model. He is best known for his portrayal of Ivar the Boneless in the popular television series Vikings. A multi-talented personality, Alex Høgh Andersen spends his time dancing, singing, fencing, and learning stunts when he is not acting.

 21 Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nicklas Bendtner is a Danish football player. A tall and physically strong player, Nicklas Bendtner possesses a powerful header, which he often uses to good effect. Throughout the course of his career, he has played for popular teams like Arsenal Football Club and Juventus Football Club. He also represented his national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 22 Brian Laudrup

Brian Laudrup
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 23 Harald Bluetooth

Harald Bluetooth
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0910 AD
Birthplace: Jelling, Denmark
Died: 0986 AD

 24 Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: October 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roskilde, Denmark

 25 Sweyn Forkbeard

Sweyn Forkbeard
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Famous As: King of Denmark
Birthdate: April 17, 0963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: February 10, 1014

 26 King Diamond

King Diamond
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Famous As: Heavy Metal Musician
Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hvidovre, Denmark
Kim Petersen AKA King Diamond is as popular for his creepy Gothic face-painted look as he is for his heavy metal tracks. The Danish singer, who performs as part of the bands Mercyful Fate and King Diamond, claims he has had paranormal experiences and also follows Satanism and the occult.

 27 Christian X

Christian X
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Famous As: King of Denmark (1912-1947)
Birthdate: September 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlottenlund, Denmark
Died: April 20, 1947
Christian X was the first Danish royal to complete high school, although he took up military education after this, following the royal tradition. He showed his resistance to Germans when he went on horse rides regularly during the German occupation. He later became an invalid after falling from his horse.

 28 Simon Kjær

Simon Kjær
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Horsens

 29 Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

 30 Lars Mikkelsen

Lars Mikkelsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Mikkelsen is a Danish actor best known for playing the Russian president Viktor Petrov in the American series House of Cards on Netflix. As a young man, he began to study biology at the University of Copenhagen but quit midway to pursue a career in entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards, including an International Emmy Award. 

 31 Lukas Forchhammer

Lukas Forchhammer
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freetown Christiania, Denmark

Lukas Forchhammer is a Danish singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and former actor. He is credited with forming the popular Danish band Lukas Graham, where he serves as a multi-instrumentalist and lead singer. He formed the band along with his friends from high school. As a child, Lukas had appeared in the first three of the famous Krummerne film series.

 32 Yussuf Poulsen

Yussuf Poulsen
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Famous As: Football player Striker
Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 33 Victor Borge

Victor Borge
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 23, 2000

Victor Borge was a Danish-American pianist, conductor, and comedian. He is best remembered for blending comedy and music for which he achieved popularity across Europe and the United States. Recipient of several prestigious awards, Borge received badges of chivalric orders from countries like Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. In 1999, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.

 34 Kasper Dolberg

Kasper Dolberg
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Famous As: Danish footballer
Birthdate: October 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Silkeborg

 35 Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen
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Famous As: Danish footballer
Birthdate: April 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lillerød, Denmark

 36 Haakon VII of Norway

Haakon VII of Norway
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Famous As: King of Norway (1905-1957)
Birthdate: August 3, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottenlund, Denmark
Died: September 21, 1957
Haakon VII of Norway was the first king of Norway following its independence in 1905 and ruled through the two World Wars. He is remembered for his valor against the Germans in World War II, when he rejected an order of abdication and went into exile to England.

 37 Christian IX of Denmark

Christian IX of Denmark
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 8, 1818
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Germany
Died: January 29, 1906

Christian IX of Denmark was King of Denmark from 1863 to 1906, having claimed the throne following the death of King Frederick VII. During his early reign, the Danish saw defeat in the Second Schleswig War and lost several duchies. Recovering from a tumultuous start, he reigned over his nation for several years and was respected by his people.

 38 Hans Christian Ørsted

Hans Christian Ørsted
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 14, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rudkøbing
Died: March 9, 1851

Hans Christian Ørsted was a Danish chemist and physicist. He was the first person to discover that electric currents can be used to create magnetic fields. His discovery was the first relationship found between magnetism and electricity. Oersted, the unit of the auxiliary magnetic field H, is named in his honor.

 39 Emre Mor

Emre Mor
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Famous As: Footballer winger or a forward
Birthdate: July 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brønshøj, Copenhagen, Denmark

 40 Halfdan Ragnarsson

Halfdan Ragnarsson
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Scandinavia, Denmark
Died: 0877 AD

 41 Claes Bang

Claes Bang
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Claes Bang is a Danish musician and actor known for his portrayal of Christian in the 2017 film The Square. His performance earned him the European Film Award under the Best Actor category, making him the first Dane to receive the award. Bang achieved international recognition in 2020 when he started playing the eponymous role in the TV series Dracula.

 42 Prince Christian of Denmark

Prince Christian of Denmark
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Famous As: Eldest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary
Birthdate: October 15, 2005
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 43 Frederick IX of Denmark

Frederick IX of Denmark
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Famous As: King of Denmark (1947-1972)
Birthdate: March 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sorgenfri Palace, Lyngby, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1972

Frederick IX of Denmark reigned as the king of Denmark from 1947 until his death in 1972. Under his reign, the Danish society experienced a rapid change; the economy received a massive boost in the 1960s which allowed women to enter the labor market. In 1982, Frederick's statue was unveiled in Copenhagen, ten years after his death.

 44 Morten Andersen

Morten Andersen
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Struer, Denmark

While he experimented with gymnastics and long jump in school, Danish footballer Morten Andersen, also known as the Great Dane, began his stint with football playing for the New Orleans Saints. The seven-time Pro Bowl and the five-time First-team All-Pro retired from NFL after 25 seasons.

 45 Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

 46 Prince Nikolai of Denmark

Prince Nikolai of Denmark
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: August 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 47 Guthrum

Guthrum
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 0890 AD

Guthrum was a 9th-century king of East Anglia. A Great Summer Army leader, his aim was to unite with the Danish Army and conquer the Anglo Saxon kingdoms. The combined army won a few battles but lost at Edington, following which Guthrum was baptised and ruled East Anglia as Æthelstan.

 48 Claus von Bülow

Claus von Bülow
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: May 25, 2019

 49 Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger
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Famous As: Danish footballer
Birthdate: December 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hvidovre

 50 Peter Freuchen

Peter Freuchen
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: February 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Died: September 2, 1957
While one of his existing photos shows him dressed in the fur of a polar bear he killed himself, Peter Freuchen was a man of many skills. With a towering 6’ 7” frame, he rode across the Arctic and also fought against the Nazis after losing a leg to frostbite. 

Peter L Jenson’s invention of loudspeaker, Valdemar Poulsen’s telegraphone which was a precursor of tape recorder, Emily Christian Hansen’s Carlsberg’s Yeast, Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy tales, Henrik Pontoppidan’s novels, Niels HenrikDavid Bohr’s contribution to atomic structure and quantum theory, Knud Rasmussen’s exploration all bear their roots in Denmark. From avant-garde scientists to intrepid explorers, Nobel Prize winners to renowned artists, Danish men have left a strong footprint on the world map and excelled at diverse genres and subjects. With this section, explore to find out the life and works of famous Danish men.