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) 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) 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 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) 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 Hall II
10
Ditlev Gothard Monrad
Ditlev Gothard Monrad
(1811–1887)
December 31, 1863 (1863-12-31) January 8, 1864 (1864-01-08) 8 days   National Liberal Monrad
11
George Quaade
George Quaade
(1813–1889)
January 8, 1864 (1864-01-08) July 11, 1864 (1864-07-11) 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) † 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) 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) 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) 6 days   Independent Otto Liebe
24
Otto Scavenius
Otto Scavenius
(1875–1945)
April 5, 1920 (1920-04-05) May 5, 1920 (1920-05-05) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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 P.N. Rasmussen IIIIIIIV
45
Mogens Lykketoft
Mogens Lykketoft
(born 1946)
December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27) 341 days   Social Democrats P.N. 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 A.F. Rasmussen IIIIII
VK

L.L. Rasmussen I
VK
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 L.L. Rasmussen I
VK
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 Thorning-Schmidt I
SRSF
49
Holger K. Nielsen
Holger K. Nielsen
(born 1950)
December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12) January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) 49 days   Socialist People's Thorning-Schmidt I
SRSF
50
Martin Lidegaard
Martin Lidegaard
(born 1966)
January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) 1 year, 149 days   Social Liberals Thorning-Schmidt II
SR
51
Kristian Jensen
Kristian Jensen
(born 1971)
June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) Incumbent 33 days   Venstre L.L. Rasmussen II
V

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.