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.
Lars von TrierLars von Trier

30 April 1956

Christian EriksenChristian Eriksen
(Football Player)

14 February 1992

Nikolaj Coster-WaldauNikolaj Coster-Waldau
(Actor, Screenwriter, Producer)

27 July 1970

Lars UlrichLars Ulrich

26 December 1963

Helena ChristensenHelena Christensen
(Danish photographer)

25 December 1968

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

28 December 1882

Niels BohrNiels Bohr
(Nobel Prize Winning Physicist)

07 October 1885

Nicklas BendtnerNicklas Bendtner

16 January 1998

Tycho BraheTycho Brahe

14 December 1546

Nina AgdalNina Agdal

26 March 1992

Stephanie CorneliussenStephanie Corneliussen
(Actress & Model)

28 April 1987

King DiamondKing Diamond
(Heavy Metal Musician)

14 June 1956

Victor BorgeVictor Borge
(American-Danish comedian)

03 January 1909

Josephine SkriverJosephine Skriver

14 April 1993

Prince PhilipPrince Philip
(Prince consort)

10 June 1921

Lukas ForchhammerLukas Forchhammer
(Singer, actor, songwriter)

18 September 1988

Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
(Musical Composer and Organist)

24 June 1637

Oscar RosenstroemOscar Rosenstroem
( star)

14 March 2002

Camilla DallerupCamilla Dallerup
(Ballroom Dancer)

06 April 1974

Aage Niels BohrAage Bohr

19 June 1922

Inge LehmannInge Lehmann
(Seismologist, Geophysicist)

13 May 1888

Anna AncherAnna Ancher

18 August 1859

Niels Ryberg FinsenNiels Ryberg Finsen

15 December 1860

Michael AncherMichael Ancher

09 June 1849


12 December 1994

August KroghAugust Krogh

15 November 1874

Mia SandMia Sand
(Fitness Model)

11 October 1987

Ben Roy MottelsonBen Roy Mottelson

09 July 1926

Henrik DamHenrik Dam

21 February 1895

Soren KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
(Philosopher, Theologian & Religious Author)

05 May 1813

Benjamin LasnierBenjamin Lasnier
(Singer, Social Media Star)

02 April 1999

William Christopher ZeiseWilliam Christopher Zeise
(Organic Chemist)

15 October 1789

Hans Christian ØrstedHans Christian Ørsted

14 August 1777

Signe HansenSigne Hansen
(Digital Artist)

19 April 1995

Thea KornumThea Kornum

22 April 1998

Jens C SkouJens C Skou
(Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)

08 October 1918

Alex HolttiAlex Holtti
(Viner, YouTuber)

01 September 1994

Fie LaursenFie Laursen

03 July 1996

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

15 July 1963

Mads MikkelsenMads Mikkelsen

22 November 1965

Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki
(Tennis player)

11 July 1990

Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki
(Tennis player)

11 July 1990

Kasper SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

05 November 1986

Connie NielsenConnie Nielsen
(Television actor, Actor, Model)

03 July 1965

Yussuf PoulsenYussuf Poulsen

15 June 1994

Peter SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel

18 November 1963

Mary, Crown Princess of DenmarkMary, Crown Princess of Denmark

05 February 1972

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

05 May 1813

George I of GreeceGeorge I of Greece

24 December 1845

Frederik, Crown Prince of DenmarkFrederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

26 May 1968

Pione SistoPione Sisto

04 February 1995

Sidse Babett KnudsenSidse Babett Knudsen

22 November 1968

Christian IX of DenmarkChristian IX of Denmark

08 April 1818

Michael LaudrupMichael Laudrup
(Danish footballer)

15 June 1964

Prince Joachim of DenmarkPrince Joachim of Denmark

07 June 1969

Martin BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite

05 June 1991

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

29 September 1970

Prince Christian of DenmarkPrince Christian of Denmark

15 October 2005

Andreas ChristensenAndreas Christensen
(Danish footballer)

10 April 1996

Simon KjærSimon Kjær

26 March 1989

Kasper DolbergKasper Dolberg
(Danish footballer)

06 October 1997

Kim BodniaKim Bodnia
(Actor, Stage actor, Screenwriter)

12 April 1965

Christian X of DenmarkChristian X of Denmark

26 September 1870

Frederick IX of DenmarkFrederick IX of Denmark

11 March 1899

Brian LaudrupBrian Laudrup

22 February 1969

Karen BlixenKaren Blixen
(Writer, Autobiographer)

17 April 1885

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

30 December 1950

Anne of DenmarkAnne of Denmark

12 December 1574

Nicolai JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
(Danish footballer)

15 January 1991

Anna KarinaAnna Karina
(Actor, Singer, Film director, Novelist, Screenwriter, Model)

22 September 1940

Thure LindhardtThure Lindhardt

24 December 1974

Henrik, Prince Consort of DenmarkHenrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
(Poet, Writer, Visual artist, Pianist)

11 June 1934

Daniel AggerDaniel Agger
(Danish footballer)

12 December 1984