List of Danish foreign ministers

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This is a list of Foreign Minister of Denmark since the establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1848.

List of Danish Foreign Ministers (1848-present)[edit]

# Portrait Foreign Minister
(Born-Died)
Term Political Party Cabinet(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Frederik Markus Knuth Frederik Markus Knuth
(1813–1856)
March 22, 1848 (1848-03-22) November 16, 1848 (1848-11-16) 0 years, 239 days   Independent Moltke I
2 Adam Wilhelm Moltke Adam Wilhelm Moltke
(1785–1864)
November 16, 1848 (1848-11-16) August 6, 1850 (1850-08-06) 1 year, 263 days   Independent Moltke II
3 Holger Reedtz Holger Reedtz
(1800–1857)
August 6, 1850 (1850-08-06) October 18, 1851 (1851-10-18) 1 year, 73 days   Independent Moltke II
Moltke III
4 Christian Albrecht Bluhme Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
October 18, 1851 (1851-10-18) December 12, 1854 (1854-12-12) 3 years, 55 days   Independent Moltke IV
Bluhme I
Ørsted
5 Wulff Scheel-Plessen Wulff Scheel-Plessen
(1809–1876)
December 12, 1854 (1854-12-12) January 15, 1855 (1855-01-15) 0 years, 34 days   Independent Bang
6 Ludvig Nicolaus Scheele Ludvig Nicolaus Scheele
(1796–1874)
January 15, 1855 (1855-01-15) April 17, 1857 (1857-04-17) 2 years, 92 days   Independent Bang
Andræ
7 Ove Wilhelm Michelsen Ove Wilhelm Michelsen
(1800–1880)
April 17, 1857 (1857-04-17) July 10, 1858 (1858-07-10) 1 year, 84 days   Independent Andræ
Hall I
8 Carl Christian Hall Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
July 10, 1858 (1858-07-10) December 2, 1859 (1859-12-02) 1 year, 145 days   National Liberal Party Hall I
9 Carl Frederik Blixen-Finecke Carl Frederik Blixen-Finecke
(1822–1873)
December 2, 1859 (1859-12-02) February 24, 1860 (1860-02-24) 0 years, 84 days   Independent Rotwitt
(8) Carl Christian Hall Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
February 24, 1860 (1860-02-24) December 31, 1863 (1863-12-31) 3 years, 310 days   National Liberal Party Hall II
10 Ditlev Gothard Monrad Ditlev Gothard Monrad
(1811–1887)
December 31, 1863 (1863-12-31) January 8, 1864 (1864-01-08) 0 years, 8 days   National Liberal Party Monrad
11 George Quaade George Quaade
(1813–1889)
January 8, 1864 (1864-01-08) July 11, 1864 (1864-07-11) 0 years, 185 days   Independent Monrad
(4) Christian Albrecht Bluhme Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
July 11, 1864 (1864-07-11) November 6, 1865 (1865-11-06) 1 year, 118 days   Independent Bluhme II
12 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
(1817–1896)
November 6, 1865 (1865-11-06) May 28, 1870 (1870-05-28) 4 years, 203 days   Nationale Godsejere Frijs
13 Otto Rosenørn-Lehn Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
(1821–1892)
May 28, 1870 (1870-05-28) June 11, 1875 (1875-06-11) 5 years, 14 days   Nationale Godsejere Holstein-Holsteinborg
Fonnesbech
14 Frederik Moltke Frederik Moltke
(1825–1875)
June 11, 1875 (1875-06-11) October 1, 1875 (1875-10-01) † 0 years, 112 days   Nationale Godsejere Estrup
(13) Otto Rosenørn-Lehn Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
(1821–1892)
November 10, 1875 (1875-11-10) May 21, 1892 (1892-05-21) † 16 years, 193 days   Nationale Godsejere Estrup
15 Tage Reedtz-Thott Tage Reedtz-Thott
(1839–1923)
June 3, 1892 (1892-06-03) May 23, 1897 (1897-05-23) 4 years, 354 days   Højre Estrup
Reedtz-Thott
16 Niels F. Ravn Niels F. Ravn
(1826–1910)
May 23, 1897 (1897-05-23) April 27, 1900 (1900-04-27) 2 years, 339 days   Højre Hørring
17 Hannibal Sehested Hannibal Sehested
(1842–1924)
April 27, 1900 (1900-04-27) July 24, 1901 (1901-07-24) 1 year, 88 days   Højre Sehested
18 Johan Henrik Deuntzer Johan Henrik Deuntzer
(1845–1918)
July 24, 1901 (1901-07-24) January 14, 1905 (1905-01-14) 3 years, 174 days   Venstre Deuntzer
19 Frederik Raben-Levetzau Frederik Raben-Levetzau
(1850–1933)
January 14, 1905 (1905-01-14) October 12, 1908 (1908-10-12) 3 years, 272 days   Venstre J.C. Christensen
20 William Ahlefeldt-Laurvig William Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
(1860–1923)
October 12, 1908 (1908-10-12) October 28, 1909 (1909-10-28) 1 year, 16 days   Venstre Neergaard I
Holstein-Ledreborg
21 Erik Scavenius Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
October 28, 1909 (1909-10-28) July 5, 1910 (1910-07-05) 0 years, 250 days   Social Liberals Zahle I
(20) William Ahlefeldt-Laurvig William Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
(1860–1923)
July 5, 1910 (1910-07-05) June 21, 1913 (1913-06-21) 2 years, 351 days   Venstre Klaus Berntsen
22 Edvard Brandes Edvard Brandes
(1847–1931)
June 21, 1913 (1913-06-21) June 24, 1913 (1913-06-24) 0 years, 3 days   Social Liberals Zahle II
(21) Erik Scavenius Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
June 24, 1913 (1913-06-24) March 30, 1920 (1920-03-30) 6 years, 280 days   Social Liberals Zahle II
23 Henri Konow Henri Konow
(1862–1939)
March 30, 1920 (1920-03-30) April 5, 1920 (1920-04-05) 0 years, 6 days   Independent Otto Liebe
24 Otto Scavenius Otto Scavenius
(1875–1945)
April 5, 1920 (1920-04-05) May 5, 1920 (1920-05-05) 0 years, 30 days   Independent M.P. Friis
25 Harald Scavenius Harald Scavenius
(1873–1939)
May 5, 1920 (1920-05-05) October 9, 1922 (1922-10-09) 2 years, 157 days   Venstre Neergaard II
26 Christian Cold Christian Cold
(1863–1934)
October 9, 1922 (1922-10-09) April 23, 1924 (1924-04-23) 1 year, 197 days   Venstre Neergaard III
27 Carl Moltke Carl Moltke
(1869–1935)
April 23, 1924 (1924-04-23) December 14, 1926 (1926-12-14) 2 years, 235 days   Independent Thorvald Stauning I
28 Laust Jevsen Moltesen Laust Jevsen Moltesen
(1865–1950)
December 14, 1926 (1926-12-14) April 30, 1929 (1929-04-30) 2 years, 137 days   Venstre Madsen-Mygdal
29 Peter Rochegune Munch Peter Rochegune Munch
(1870–1948)
April 30, 1929 (1929-04-30) July 8, 1940 (1940-07-08) 11 years, 69 days   Social Liberals Thorvald Stauning II
(21) Erik Scavenius Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
July 8, 1940 (1940-07-08) August 29, 1943 (1943-08-29)[1] 3 years, 52 days   Independent Thorvald Stauning III
Vilhelm Buhl I
Scavenius
No Danish government in between August 29, 1943 (1943-08-29) and May 5, 1945 (1945-05-05). Office is assumed by the permanent secretary.[1]
Vilhelm Buhl Vilhelm Buhl (Acting)
(1881–1954)
May 5, 1945 (1945-05-05) May 7, 1945 (1945-05-07) 0 years, 2 days   Social Democrats
30 John Christmas Møller John Christmas Møller
(1894–1948)
May 7, 1945 (1945-05-07) November 7, 1945 (1945-11-07) 0 years, 184 days   Conservative People's Vilhelm Buhl II
31 Gustav Rasmussen Gustav Rasmussen
(1895–1953)
November 7, 1945 (1945-11-07) October 30, 1950 (1950-10-30) 4 years, 357 days   Independent Knud Kristensen
Hans Hedtoft I
32 Ole Bjørn Kraft Ole Bjørn Kraft
(1893–1980)
October 30, 1950 (1950-10-30) September 30, 1953 (1953-09-30) 2 years, 335 days   Conservative People's Erik Eriksen
33 Hans Christian Hansen Hans Christian Hansen
(1906–1960)
September 30, 1953 (1953-09-30) October 8, 1958 (1958-10-08) 5 years, 8 days   Social Democrats Hans Hedtoft II
H.C. Hansen I
H.C. Hansen II
34 Jens Otto Krag Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
October 8, 1958 (1958-10-08) September 3, 1962 (1962-09-03) 3 years, 330 days   Social Democrats H.C. Hansen II
Viggo Kampmann I
Viggo Kampmann II
35 Per Hækkerup Per Hækkerup
(1915–1979)
September 3, 1962 (1962-09-03) November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28) 4 years, 86 days   Social Democrats Jens Otto Krag I
Jens Otto Krag II
(34) Jens Otto Krag Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28) October 1, 1967 (1967-10-01) 0 years, 307 days   Social Democrats Jens Otto Krag II
36 Hans Tabor Hans Tabor
(1922–2003)
October 1, 1967 (1967-10-01) February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02) 0 years, 124 days   Social Democrats Jens Otto Krag II
37 Poul Hartling Poul Hartling
(1914–2000)
February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02) October 11, 1971 (1971-10-11) 3 years, 251 days   Venstre Hilmar Baunsgaard
38 Knud Børge Andersen Knud Børge Andersen
(1914–1984)
October 11, 1971 (1971-10-11) December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19) 2 years, 69 days   Social Democrats Jens Otto Krag III
Anker Jørgensen I
39 Ove Guldberg Ove Guldberg
(1918–2008)
December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19) February 13, 1975 (1975-02-13) 1 year, 56 days   Venstre Poul Hartling
(38) Knud Børge Andersen Knud Børge Andersen
(1914–1984)
February 13, 1975 (1975-02-13) July 1, 1978 (1978-07-01) 3 years, 138 days   Social Democrats Anker Jørgensen II
40 Anker Jørgensen Anker Jørgensen
(born 1922)
July 1, 1978 (1978-07-01) August 30, 1978 (1978-08-30) 0 years, 60 days   Social Democrats Anker Jørgensen II
41 Henning Christophersen Henning Christophersen
(born 1939)
August 30, 1978 (1978-08-30) October 26, 1979 (1979-10-26) 1 year, 57 days   Venstre Anker Jørgensen III
42 Kjeld Olesen Kjeld Olesen
(born 1932)
October 26, 1979 (1979-10-26) September 10, 1982 (1982-09-10) 2 years, 319 days   Social Democrats Anker Jørgensen IV
Anker Jørgensen V
43 Uffe Ellemann-Jensen Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
(born 1941)
September 10, 1982 (1982-09-10) January 25, 1993 (1993-01-25) 10 years, 137 days   Venstre Poul Schlüter I
Poul Schlüter II
Poul Schlüter III
Poul Schlüter IV
44 Niels Helveg Petersen Niels Helveg Petersen
(born 1939)
January 25, 1993 (1993-01-25) December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) 7 years, 331 days   Social Liberals Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen II
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen III
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen IV
45 Mogens Lykketoft Mogens Lykketoft
(born 1946)
December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27) 0 years, 341 days   Social Democrats Poul Nyrup Rasmussen III
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen IV
46 Per Stig Møller Per Stig Møller
(born 1942)
November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27) February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) 8 years, 88 days   Conservative People's Anders Fogh Rasmussen I
Anders Fogh Rasmussen II
Anders Fogh Rasmussen III
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
47 Lene Espersen Lene Espersen
(born 1965)
February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23) October 3, 2011 (2011-10-03) 1 year, 222 days   Conservative People's Lars Løkke Rasmussen
48 Villy Søvndal Villy Søvndal
(born 1952)
October 3, 2011 (2011-10-03) December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12) 2 years, 70 days   Socialist People's Helle Thorning-Schmidt I
49 Holger K. Nielsen Holger K. Nielsen
(born 1950)
December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12) January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) 0 years, 49 days   Socialist People's Helle Thorning-Schmidt I
50 Martin Lidegaard Martin Lidegaard
(born 1966)
January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) Incumbent 0 years, 174 days   Social Liberals Helle Thorning-Schmidt II

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b On 29 August 1943, the Danish government resigned, refusing to grant further concessions to Nazi Germany. All government operations were assumed by the permanent secretaries of the individual departments, and this arrangement lasted until the Liberation of Denmark on 5 May 1945. Since King Christian X never accepted the resignation of the government, it existed de jure until a new cabinet was formed on 5 May 1945.