Danish

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.

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 1 Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gentofte

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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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
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. 
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 3 Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Nobel Prize Winning 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.

 4 Soren Kierkegaard

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Famous As: Philosopher, Theologian & Religious Author
Birthdate: May 5, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1855

 5 Ivar the Boneless

Ivar the Boneless.
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Famous As: Viking Warrior
Birthdate: 0794 AD
Birthplace: Hord, Jutland
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.

 6 Peter Schmeichel

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

 7 Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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 8 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.

 9 Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 14, 1546
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knutstorp Castle, 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.

 10 Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 11 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.

 12 Connie Nielsen

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frederikshavn, Denmark
Danish actor Connie Nielsen is best known for her award-winning role of Lucilla in Gladiator. She also appeared in the film One Hour Photo and in the series Boss and The Following. She played Hippolyta in DC films such as Wonder Woman. Nielsen is a polyglot who speaks eight languages.

 13 Brigitte Nielsen

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

 14 Lili Elbe

Lili Elbe.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: One of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
Died: September 13, 1931
Danish painter Lili Elbe, a transgender woman, became one of the first to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. She passed away after a failed uterus transplant surgery. Her autobiography, Man into Woman: An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex, was released posthumously. She inspired the novel The Danish Girl.

 15 Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen
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. 

 16 Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen.
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Danish photographer
Birthdate: December 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen

Helena Christensen is a Danish photographer and supermodel. A former beauty queen, clothing designer, and Victoria's Secret Angel, Christensen has been featured on cover pages of magazines, such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Well-known for her philanthropic activities, Christensen has participated in campaigns to raise awareness about climate change. She has also launched fundraising campaigns to fight against breast cancer.

 17 Margrethe II of Denmark

Margrethe II of Denmark.
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Famous As: Queen of Denmark
Birthdate: April 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Margrethe II, the reigning queen of Denmark, ascended to the throne after the death of her father, King Frederick IX, becoming the first female monarch of her country since Margrethe I. At 13, she was named her father’s heir through a constitutional amendment allowing daughters to inherit the Danish throne.

 18 Kasper Schmeichel

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

 19 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.

 20 Lars von Trier

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Famous As: Film-Maker
Birthdate: April 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kongens 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.

 21 Cnut the Great

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

 22 Alex Hogh Andersen

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

 23 Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 16, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen

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.

 24 Lukas_Graham

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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 25 Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

 26 Michael Laudrup

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

 27 Nina Agdal

Nina Agdal.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hillerød, Denmark

Nina Agdal is a Danish model best known for appearing alongside Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's 50th-anniversary cover in 2014. Although Agdal had no modeling experience, she was signed by Elite Models Copenhagen, which kickstarted her career. She then went on to model for brands like Victoria's Secret, Billabong, and Adore Me.

 28 Brian Laudrup

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 29 King Diamond

King Diamond.
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Listed In: Musicians
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.

 30 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.

 31 Gerda Wegener

Gerda Wegener
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: March 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammelev, Denmark
Died: July 28, 1940

 32 Kasper Dolberg

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

 33 Amanda Collin

Amanda Collin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denmark

 34 Andreas Christensen

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

 35 Haakon VII of Norway

Haakon VII of Norway.
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Famous As: King of Norway
Birthdate: August 3, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottenlund Palace, 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.

 36 Karen Blixen

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 17, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rungsted, Zealand, 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. 

 37 Lukas Forchhammer

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Famous As: Singer, actor, songwriter
Birthdate: September 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen

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.

 38 Kevin Magnussen

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

 39 Pilou Asbaek

Pilou Asbaek
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 40 Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hillerød, Denmark

 41 Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: February 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hobart, Australia

Mary Elizabeth Donaldson is the Crown Princess of Denmark and the Countess of Monpezat, as the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. She previously worked as a consultant for Microsoft and had met Prince Frederik at a Sydney pub when he in Australia for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

 42 Josephine Skriver

Josephine Skriver.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 4, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish model Josephine Skriver, known for her work with Gucci and Armani, was discovered by an agent when she was in New York City with her school soccer team. Raised by a gay father and a lesbian mother, and conceived through IVF, she is also a prominent LGBT activist.

 43 Simon Kjær

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

 44 Stephanie Corneliussen

Stephanie Corneliussen.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress & Model
Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Best known as Joanna Wellick from Mr. Robot, Stephanie Corneliussen was scouted by a modeling agency at 13 and soon won the Supermodel of Scandinavia contest. Apart from being a trained ballet dancer, the openly bisexual Danish actor-model is also vegan and a prominent animal rights activist.

 45 Yussuf Poulsen

Yussuf Poulsen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 46 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.

 47 Bjarne Stroustrup

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

 48 Morten Andersen

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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 49 Halfdan Ragnarsson

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

 50 Hans Christian Ørsted

Hans Christian Ørsted.
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Listed In: Scientists
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.