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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark
Udenrigsminister
National Coat of arms of Denmark.svg
Anders Samuelsen
Incumbent
Anders Samuelsen

since 28 November 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofCouncil of State
AppointerLars Løkke Rasmussen
as Prime Minister of Denmark
Formation22 March 1848; 170 years ago (1848-03-22)
First holderFrederik Markus Knuth
WebsiteMinistry of Foreign Affairs

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

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

Foreign Minister Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1
Frederik Markus Knuth
Frederik Markus Knuth
(1813–1856)
March 22, 1848 (1848-03-22)November 16, 1848 (1848-11-16)239 daysIndependentMoltke 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 daysIndependentMoltke II
3
Holger Reedtz
Holger Reedtz
(1800–1857)
August 6, 1850 (1850-08-06)October 18, 1851 (1851-10-18)1 year, 73 daysIndependentMoltke 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 daysIndependentMoltke 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 daysIndependentBang
6
Ludvig Nicolaus von Scheele
Ludvig Nicolaus von Scheele
(1796–1874)
January 15, 1855 (1855-01-15)April 17, 1857 (1857-04-17)2 years, 92 daysIndependentBang
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 daysIndependentAndræ
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 daysNational LiberalHall 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 daysIndependentRotwitt
(8)
Carl Christian Hall
Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
February 24, 1860 (1860-02-24)December 31, 1863 (1863-12-31)3 years, 310 daysNational LiberalHall II
10
Ditlev Gothard Monrad
Ditlev Gothard Monrad
(1811–1887)
December 31, 1863 (1863-12-31)January 8, 1864 (1864-01-08)8 daysNational LiberalMonrad
11
George Quaade
George Quaade
(1813–1889)
January 8, 1864 (1864-01-08)July 11, 1864 (1864-07-11)185 daysIndependentMonrad
(4)
Christian Albrecht Bluhme
Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
July 11, 1864 (1864-07-11)November 6, 1865 (1865-11-06)1 year, 118 daysIndependentBluhme 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 daysNational LandownersFrijs
13
Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
(1821–1892)
May 28, 1870 (1870-05-28)June 11, 1875 (1875-06-11)5 years, 14 daysNational LandownersHolstein-Holsteinborg
Fonnesbech
14
Frederik Moltke [da]
Frederik Moltke [da]
(1825–1875)
June 11, 1875 (1875-06-11)October 1, 1875 (1875-10-01)112 daysNational LandownersEstrup
(13)
Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
(1821–1892)
November 10, 1875 (1875-11-10)May 21, 1892 (1892-05-21)16 years, 193 daysNational LandownersEstrup
15
Tage Reedtz-Thott
Tage Reedtz-Thott
(1839–1923)
June 3, 1892 (1892-06-03)May 23, 1897 (1897-05-23)4 years, 354 daysHøjreEstrup
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 daysHøjreHørring
17
Hannibal Sehested
Hannibal Sehested
(1842–1924)
April 27, 1900 (1900-04-27)July 24, 1901 (1901-07-24)1 year, 88 daysHøjreSehested
18
Johan Henrik Deuntzer
Johan Henrik Deuntzer
(1845–1918)
July 24, 1901 (1901-07-24)January 14, 1905 (1905-01-14)3 years, 174 daysVenstreDeuntzer
19
Frederik Raben-Levetzau
Frederik Raben-Levetzau
(1850–1933)
January 14, 1905 (1905-01-14)October 12, 1908 (1908-10-12)3 years, 272 daysVenstreChristensen
20
William Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
William Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
(1860–1923)
October 12, 1908 (1908-10-12)October 28, 1909 (1909-10-28)1 year, 16 daysVenstreNeergaard I
Holstein-Ledreborg
21
Erik Scavenius
Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
October 28, 1909 (1909-10-28)July 5, 1910 (1910-07-05)250 daysSocial LiberalsZahle 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 daysVenstreBerntsen
22
Edvard Brandes
Edvard Brandes
(1847–1931)
June 21, 1913 (1913-06-21)June 24, 1913 (1913-06-24)3 daysSocial LiberalsZahle II
(21)
Erik Scavenius
Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
June 24, 1913 (1913-06-24)March 30, 1920 (1920-03-30)6 years, 280 daysSocial LiberalsZahle II
23
Henri Konow
Henri Konow
(1862–1939)
March 30, 1920 (1920-03-30)April 5, 1920 (1920-04-05)6 daysIndependentLiebe
24
Otto Scavenius
Otto Scavenius
(1875–1945)
April 5, 1920 (1920-04-05)May 5, 1920 (1920-05-05)30 daysIndependentFriis
25
Harald Scavenius
Harald Scavenius
(1873–1939)
May 5, 1920 (1920-05-05)October 9, 1922 (1922-10-09)2 years, 157 daysVenstreNeergaard II
26
Christian Cold
Christian Cold
(1863–1934)
October 9, 1922 (1922-10-09)April 23, 1924 (1924-04-23)1 year, 197 daysVenstreNeergaard III
27
Carl Moltke
Carl Moltke
(1869–1935)
April 23, 1924 (1924-04-23)December 14, 1926 (1926-12-14)2 years, 235 daysIndependentStauning 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 daysVenstreMadsen-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 daysSocial LiberalsStauning II Cabinet
(21)
Erik Scavenius
Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
July 8, 1940 (1940-07-08)August 29, 1943 (1943-08-29)[1]3 years, 52 daysIndependentStauning III
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
(1881–1954)
Acting
May 5, 1945 (1945-05-05)May 7, 1945 (1945-05-07)2 daysSocial DemocratsBuhl II
30
John Christmas Møller
John Christmas Møller
(1894–1948)
May 7, 1945 (1945-05-07)November 7, 1945 (1945-11-07)184 daysConservative People'sBuhl II
31
Gustav Rasmussen
Gustav Rasmussen
(1895–1953)
November 7, 1945 (1945-11-07)October 30, 1950 (1950-10-30)4 years, 357 daysIndependentKristensen
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 daysConservative People'sEriksen
33
Hans Christian Hansen
Hans Christian Hansen
(1906–1960)
September 30, 1953 (1953-09-30)October 8, 1958 (1958-10-08)5 years, 8 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft II
Hansen I
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 daysSocial DemocratsHansen II
Kampmann I
Kampmann II
35
Per Hækkerup
Per Hækkerup
(1915–1979)
September 3, 1962 (1962-09-03)November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)4 years, 86 daysSocial DemocratsKrag I
Krag II
(34)
Jens Otto Krag
Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)October 1, 1967 (1967-10-01)307 daysSocial DemocratsKrag II
36
Hans Tabor
Hans Tabor
(1922–2003)
October 1, 1967 (1967-10-01)February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)124 daysSocial DemocratsKrag II
37
Poul Hartling
Poul Hartling
(1914–2000)
February 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)October 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)3 years, 251 daysVenstreBaunsgaard
38
Knud Børge Andersen
Knud Børge Andersen
(1914–1984)
October 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19)2 years, 69 daysSocial DemocratsKrag III
Jørgensen I
39
Ove Guldberg
Ove Guldberg
(1918–2008)
December 19, 1973 (1973-12-19)February 13, 1975 (1975-02-13)1 year, 56 daysVenstreHartling
(38)
Knud Børge Andersen
Knud Børge Andersen
(1914–1984)
February 13, 1975 (1975-02-13)July 1, 1978 (1978-07-01)3 years, 138 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
40
Anker Jørgensen
Anker Jørgensen
(1922–2016)
July 1, 1978 (1978-07-01)August 30, 1978 (1978-08-30)60 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
41
Henning Christophersen
Henning Christophersen
(1939–2016)
August 30, 1978 (1978-08-30)October 26, 1979 (1979-10-26)1 year, 57 daysVenstreJørgensen III
42
Kjeld Olesen
Kjeld Olesen
(born 1932)
October 26, 1979 (1979-10-26)September 10, 1982 (1982-09-10)2 years, 319 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen IV
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 daysVenstreSchlüter I
Schlüter II
Schlüter III
Schlüter IV
44
Niels Helveg Petersen
Niels Helveg Petersen
(1939–2017)
January 25, 1993 (1993-01-25)December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21)7 years, 331 daysSocial LiberalsP.N. Rasmussen IIIIIIIV
45
Mogens Lykketoft
Mogens Lykketoft
(born 1946)
December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21)November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27)341 daysSocial DemocratsP.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 daysConservative People'sA.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 daysConservative People'sL.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 daysSocialist People'sThorning-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 daysSocialist People'sThorning-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 daysSocial LiberalsThorning-Schmidt II
SR
51
Kristian Jensen
Kristian Jensen
(born 1971)
June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28)November 28, 2016 (2016-11-28)1 year, 153 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II
V
52
Anders Samuelsen
Anders Samuelsen
(born 1967)
November 28, 2016 (2016-11-28)Incumbent1 year, 350 daysLiberal AllianceL.L. Rasmussen III
VIK

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.