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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Lars Ulrich
(Drummer and Co-founder of American Heavy Metal Band ‘Metallica’)
Lars Ulrich
56
Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gentofte, 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
(Danish Author Best Remembered for His Literary Fairy Tales)
Hans Christian Andersen
25
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 
Soren Kierkegaard
(Religious Author Who is Considered to be the First 'Existentialist' Philosopher)
Soren Kierkegaard
32
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.

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 4 
Peter Schmeichel
(Danish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Peter Schmeichel
58
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 5 
Niels Bohr
(Danish Physicist Who Made Foundational Contributions to Understanding Atomic Structure and Quantum Theory)
Niels Bohr
28
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.
 6 
Tycho Brahe
(16th Century Danish Astronomer Who is Known for His Accurate and Comprehensive Astronomical Observations)
Tycho Brahe
20
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.
 7 
Mads Mikkelsen
(Danish Actor Known for His Role in Films: 'Pusher', 'Casino Royale' and the Series 'Hannibal')
Mads Mikkelsen
33
Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Østerbro, 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.

 8 
Giancarlo Esposito
(Actor and Director Best Known for His TV Series: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’)
Giancarlo Esposito
31
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.

 9 
Ivar the Boneless
(Viking Warrior)
Ivar the Boneless
27
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.
 10 
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
(Actor & Producer Known for His Role as ‘Jaime Lannister’ in the HBO Drama Series ‘Game of Thrones’)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
28
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.
 11 
Christian Eriksen
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Christian Eriksen
58
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 
Kevin Magnussen
(Racing driver)
Kevin Magnussen
10
Birthdate: October 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roskilde, Denmark
 13 
Kasper Schmeichel
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Kasper Schmeichel
22
Birthdate: November 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Michael Laudrup
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time.)
Michael Laudrup
10
Birthdate: June 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 15 
Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye
(Viking Warrior)
Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye
3
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 
George I of Greece
(Former King of Greece (1863 - 1916))
George I of Greece
6
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.

 17 
Lars von Trier
(Director and Screenwriter Known for His Films: ‘Dancer in the Dark’, ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Europa’)
Lars von Trier
7
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.

 18 
Camille Pissarro
(Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist Painter)
Camille Pissarro
2
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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Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
(Prince of Denmark and Heir Apparent to the Danish Throne)
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
13
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 
Brian Laudrup
(Danish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Winger / Midfielder)
Brian Laudrup
15
Birthdate: February 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 21 
Sweyn Forkbeard
(King of Denmark)
Sweyn Forkbeard
2
Birthdate: April 17, 0963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: February 10, 1014
 22 
Harald Bluetooth
(King)
Harald Bluetooth
7
Birthdate: 0910 AD
Birthplace: Jelling, Denmark
Died: 0986 AD
 23 
Christian X
(Former King of Denmark (1912 - 1947))
Christian X
7
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.
 24 
Andreas Christensen
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Andreas Christensen
9
Birthdate: April 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lillerød, Denmark
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 25 
Viktor Axelsen
(Danish Professional Badminton Player)
Viktor Axelsen
7
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 26 
King Diamond
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist for Both 'Mercyful Fate' and 'King Diamond')
King Diamond
9
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 
Nicolas Winding Refn
(Director Best Known for His Films: 'Pusher' Trilogy, 'Bronson' and 'Valhalla Rising')
Nicolas Winding Refn
3
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director and producer. The son of a prominent film director, he made his directorial debut with the Danish crime film Pusher. He made his Hollywood debut with the English-language thriller film, Fear X. He is the co-founder of the Copenhagen-based production company Space Rocket Nation. He is married to actress Liv Corfixen. 

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 29 
Alex Hogh Andersen
(Actor)
Alex Hogh Andersen
15
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.

 30 
Simon Kjær
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Simon Kjær
14
Birthdate: March 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Horsens, Denmark
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 31 
Victor Borge
(Pianist and Comedian Known for His Popular Radio and TV Performances in Europe and the US)
Victor Borge
9
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.

 32 
Prince Christian of Denmark
(Eldest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary)
Prince Christian of Denmark
29
Birthdate: October 15, 2005
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
 33 
Hans Christian Ørsted
7
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.

 34 
Cnut
(King of all England and Denmark and the Norwegians and Some of the Swedes)
Cnut
1
Birthdate: 0990 AD
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: November 12, 1035
 35 
Yussuf Poulsen
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Yussuf Poulsen
15
Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 36 
Frederick IX of Denmark
(King of Denmark (1947 - 1972))
Frederick IX of Denmark
4
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.

 37 
Lars Mikkelsen
(Danish Actor Known for His Role in the TV Series 'The Killing')
Lars Mikkelsen
8
Birthdate: May 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: 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. 

 38 
Thomas Delaney
(Danish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Thomas Delaney
2
Birthdate: September 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 39 
Nicklas Bendtner
(Danish Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Forward)
Nicklas Bendtner
17
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.

 40 
Lukas Forchhammer
(Lead Singer and Multi-Instrumentalist for the Danish Band ‘Lukas Graham’)
Lukas Forchhammer
10
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.

 41 
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
(Prince)
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
4
Birthdate: August 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
 42 
Guthrum
(King of Denmark from 879 to 890)
Guthrum
2
Birthdate: 0835 AD
Birthplace: Denmark
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.

 43 
Halfdan Ragnarsson
(Viking Leader and Commander of 'The Great Heathen Army' in the late 860s)
Halfdan Ragnarsson
0
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: 0877 AD
 44 
Bjarke Ingels
(Architect)
Bjarke Ingels
0
Birthdate: October 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
 45 
Frederick VIII of Denmark
(King)
Frederick VIII of Denmark
0
Birthdate: June 3, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: May 14, 1912
 46 
Peter Freuchen
(Danish Arctic Explorer, Author, Journalist and Anthropologist Who is Known for His Role in Arctic Exploration)
Peter Freuchen
1
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. 
 47 
Jørn Utzon
(architect)
Jørn Utzon
3
Birthdate: April 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen
Died: November 29, 2008
 48 
Cnut the Great
(King of Denmark)
Cnut the Great
10
Birthdate: 0990 AD
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: November 12, 1035
 49 
Claus von Bülow
(Lawyer)
Claus von Bülow
2
Birthdate: August 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: May 25, 2019
 50 
Daniel Agger
(Danish Professional Football Coach and Former Player)
Daniel Agger
4
Birthdate: December 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hvidovre, Denmark
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

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.