Find out more about the greatest Danes, including Hans Christian Andersen, Lili Elbe, Lars Ulrich, Niels Bohr and Helena Christensen.

Denmark has cemented its position among world’s top countries. And going by the gamut of its beauty and brains, it is not hard to see why. That is true! Denmark has come a long, long way from the time Danish Vikings hit the seas and ravaged most of Europe. Today, the country captures global imagination with its progressive politics, breathtaking architecture, free University education, and not to forget, its lip-smacking pastries. No wonder, the Danes are among the happiest in the world and are an inspiration to many. There is no denying the range of impact the Danes have asserted over the world. Their contribution to global entertainment, literature, art, science, and culture has been gargantuan. From the creator of Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen to Hollywood heartthrob Scarlett Johansson, the Danish have stamped their greatness in diverse genres and how. Explore the lives and deeds of famous Danish people in their timeline, trivia, and facts below and get ready to be clearly inspired. And yes, these biographies are worth a read.
Nikolaj Coster-WaldauNikolaj Coster-Waldau
(Actor, Screenwriter, Producer)

27 July 1970

Christian EriksenChristian Eriksen
(Football Player)

14 February 1992

Helena ChristensenHelena Christensen
(Danish photographer)

25 December 1968

Lars UlrichLars Ulrich

26 December 1963

Niels BohrNiels Bohr
(Nobel Prize Winning Physicist)

07 October 1885

Lars von TrierLars von Trier

30 April 1956

Nicklas BendtnerNicklas Bendtner

16 January 1998

Lili ElbeLili Elbe
(One of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery)

28 December 1882

Tycho BraheTycho Brahe

14 December 1546

Nina AgdalNina Agdal

26 March 1992

King DiamondKing Diamond
(Heavy Metal Musician)

14 June 1956

Victor BorgeVictor Borge
(American-Danish comedian)

03 January 1909

Stephanie CorneliussenStephanie Corneliussen
(Actress & Model)

28 April 1987

Josephine SkriverJosephine Skriver

14 April 1993

Lukas ForchhammerLukas Forchhammer
(Singer, actor, songwriter)

18 September 1988

Prince PhilipPrince Philip
(Prince consort)

10 June 1921

Aage Niels BohrAage Bohr

19 June 1922

Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
(Musical Composer and Organist)

24 June 1637

Camilla DallerupCamilla Dallerup
(Ballroom Dancer)

06 April 1974

Inge LehmannInge Lehmann
(Seismologist, Geophysicist)

13 May 1888

Michael AncherMichael Ancher

09 June 1849


12 December 1994

Anna AncherAnna Ancher

18 August 1859

Niels Ryberg FinsenNiels Ryberg Finsen

15 December 1860

Mia SandMia Sand
(Fitness Model)

11 October 1987

August KroghAugust Krogh

15 November 1874

Soren KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
(Philosopher, Theologian & Religious Author)

05 May 1813

Ben Roy MottelsonBen Roy Mottelson

09 July 1926

Henrik DamHenrik Dam

21 February 1895

Benjamin LasnierBenjamin Lasnier
(Singer, Social Media Star)

02 April 1999

Signe HansenSigne Hansen
(Digital Artist)

19 April 1995

Thea KornumThea Kornum

22 April 1998

Alex HolttiAlex Holtti
(Viner, YouTuber)

01 September 1994

Hans Christian ØrstedHans Christian Ørsted

14 August 1777

William Christopher ZeiseWilliam Christopher Zeise
(Organic Chemist)

15 October 1789

Oscar RosenstroemOscar Rosenstroem
( star)

14 March 2002

Jens C SkouJens C Skou
(Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)

08 October 1918

Fie LaursenFie Laursen

03 July 1996

Kasper SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

05 November 1986

Peter SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel

18 November 1963

Brigitte NielsenBrigitte Nielsen
(Actor, Model, Singer, Television presenter)

15 July 1963

Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki
(Tennis player)

11 July 1990

Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki
(Tennis player)

11 July 1990

Yussuf PoulsenYussuf Poulsen

15 June 1994

Mads MikkelsenMads Mikkelsen

22 November 1965

Connie NielsenConnie Nielsen
(Television actor, Actor, Model)

03 July 1965

Pione SistoPione Sisto

04 February 1995

Martin BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite

05 June 1991

Søren KierkegaardSøren Kierkegaard
(Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, Writer, Novelist, Literary critic)

05 May 1813

Mary, Crown Princess of DenmarkMary, Crown Princess of Denmark

05 February 1972

George I of GreeceGeorge I of Greece

24 December 1845

Simon KjærSimon Kjær

26 March 1989

Michael LaudrupMichael Laudrup
(Danish footballer)

15 June 1964

Frederik, Crown Prince of DenmarkFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

26 May 1968

Andreas ChristensenAndreas Christensen
(Danish footballer)

10 April 1996

Mathias JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
(Danish footballer)

23 April 1993

Christian IX of DenmarkChristian IX of Denmark

08 April 1818

Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding Refn
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)

29 September 1970

Sidse Babett KnudsenSidse Babett Knudsen

22 November 1968

Kasper DolbergKasper Dolberg
(Danish footballer)

06 October 1997

Nicolai JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
(Danish footballer)

15 January 1991

Prince Joachim of DenmarkPrince Joachim of Denmark

07 June 1969

Karen BlixenKaren Blixen
(Writer, Autobiographer)

17 April 1885

Brian LaudrupBrian Laudrup

22 February 1969

Lasse SchöneLasse Schöne
(Danish footballer)

27 May 1986

Christian X of DenmarkChristian X of Denmark

26 September 1870

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer, Writer, University teacher)

30 December 1950

Anders LindegaardAnders Lindegaard
(Danish footballer)

13 April 1984

Frederick IX of DenmarkFrederick IX of Denmark

11 March 1899

Anne of DenmarkAnne of Denmark

12 December 1574

Jon Dahl TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
(Danish football manager)

29 August 1976

Prince Christian of DenmarkPrince Christian of Denmark

15 October 2005

Kim BodniaKim Bodnia
(Actor, Stage actor, Screenwriter)

12 April 1965