List of Prime Ministers of Denmark

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The Prime Minister of Denmark is the head of government of Denmark and leader of the Cabinet; since 1918 they have held the title of "Minister of State" (Danish: statsminister). The Prime Minister is formally appointed by the Monarch, who is head of state.

The highest ranking non-monarchial offices prior to 1848 are regarded as predecessors of the modern office of Prime Minister. There have been several titles used; "King's Chancellor", "Chancellor of the Realm", "Grand Chancellor", "Privy Councillor", "Prime Minister", "Council President" and Minister of State, once again. Each Prime Minister since 1848 has been the leader of one or more cabinets (for a complete list see Cabinet of Denmark).

Denmark's current Prime Minister is Lars Løkke Rasmussen representing the liberal party Venstre. Lars Løkke Rasmussen took office on 28 June 2015, taking over the position from Helle Thorning-Schmidt, representing the social democratic party Socialdemokraterne.

List of Grand Chancellors (1699–1730)[edit]

Key: Died in office

Grand Chancellors under Frederik IV (1699–1730)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office
Reventlow conrad1.jpg Conrad von Reventlow
(1644–1708)
26 August 1699 21 July 1708 †
Christian Sehested.jpg Christian Christophersen Sehested
(1666–1740)
1708 1721
Ulrik Adolf Holstein-Holsteinborg.jpg Ulrik Adolf Holstein
(1664–1737)
20 June 1721 17 October 1730

List of Privy Councillors (1730–1848)[edit]

Key: Died in office

Privy Councillors (1730–1848)[edit]

under Christian VI (1730–1746), Frederik V (1746–1766),
Christian VII (1766–1808), Frederik VI (1808–1839), Christian VIII (1839–1848)

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office
IverRosenkrantz.jpg Iver Rosenkrantz
(1674–1745)
17 October 1730 12 May 1735
Johan Ludvig Holstein.jpg Johan Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg
(1694–1763)
12 May 1735 1751[1]
JohanHE Bernstorff.jpg Johann Hartwig Ernst von Bernstorff
(1712–1772)
1751 13 September 1770
Ove Høegh-Guldberg Bærentzen Clemens Juels.jpg Ove Høegh-Guldberg
(1731–1808)
January 1772 1784
AP Bernstorff.jpg Andreas Peter Bernstorff
(1735–1797)
1784 21 June 1797 †
Christian Bernstorff.jpg Christian Günther von Bernstorff
(1769–1835)
22 June 1797 1810
Frederik Moltke.jpg Frederik Moltke
(1754–1836)
1810 1814
Frederik Julius Kaas.jpg Fredrik Julius Kaas
(1758–1827)
1814 1814
Joachim Godske Moltke.jpg Joachim Godske Moltke
(1746–1818)
1814 24 August 1818
Ernst Heinrich von Schimmelmann 1827.jpg Ernst Heinrich von Schimmelmann
(1747–1831)
1818 1824
Otto Joachim Moltke.jpg Otto Joachim Moltke
(1770–1853)
1824 1842
Stemann.jpg Poul Christian Stemann
(1764–1855)
1842 22 March 1848

List of Prime Ministers (1848–1855)[edit]

Key: Died in office

Prime Ministers under Frederik VII (1848–1855)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Adam Wilhelm Moltke.jpg Adam Wilhelm Moltke
(1785–1864)
22 March 1848 16 November 1848 Moltke I
16 November 1848 13 July 1851 1849 Moltke II
13 July 1851 18 October 1851 Moltke III
18 October 1851 27 January 1852 Moltke IV
Bluhme.jpg Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
27 January 1852 21 April 1853 Højre 1852
Feb.1853
Bluhme I
AS Ørsted.jpg Anders Sandøe Ørsted
(1778–1860)
21 April 1853 12 December 1854 May1853 Ørsted
Bang PG.jpg Peter Georg Bang
(1797–1861)
12 December 1854 12 October 1855 1854 Bang

List of Council Presidents (1855–1918)[edit]

Political Party:   National Liberal (NL)   Friends of Peasants (BS)   Højre (H)   Venstre (V)   Social Liberal (R)   No party

Key: Died in office

Council Presidents under Frederik VII (1855–1863)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
Bang PG.jpg Peter Georg Bang
(1797–1861)
12 October 1855 18 October 1856 Bang
Andræ.jpg Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ
(1812–1893)
18 October 1856 13 May 1857 Andræ
CC Hall.jpg Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
13 May 1857 2 December 1859 National Liberal Hall I
NL
Rotwitt.jpg Carl Edvard Rotwitt
(1812–1860)
2 December 1859 8 February 1860 †[2] The Society of the Friends of Peasants Rotwitt
CC Hall.jpg Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
24 February 1860 31 December 1863 National Liberal 1861 Hall II
NL

Council Presidents under Christian IX (1863–1906)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
D G Monrad.jpg Ditlev Gothard Monrad
(1811–1887)
31 December 1863 11 July 1864 National Liberal Monrad
NL
Bluhme.jpg Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
11 July 1864 6 November 1865 Højre 1864 Bluhme II
H
K V Frijs.jpg Christian Emil Frijs
(1817–1896)
6 November 1865 28 May 1870 National Landowners Jun.1866
Oct.1866
1869
Frijs
NG
NG-NL from 1866
HolsteinHolsteinborg.jpg Ludvig Holstein-Holsteinborg
(1815–1892)
28 May 1870 14 July 1874 Centre 1872
1873
Holstein-Holsteinborg
NG-NL
Fonnesbech.jpg Christen Andreas Fonnesbech
(1817–1880)
14 July 1874 11 June 1875 National Landowners Fonnesbech
NG-NL
Estrup.jpg Jacob Brønnum Scavenius Estrup
(1825–1913)
11 June 1875 7 August 1894 National Landowners;
Højre
1876
1879
May1881
Jul.1881
1884
1887
1890
1892
Estrup
NG
H
Reedtz-ThottTage.jpg Tage Reedtz-Thott
(1839–1923)
7 August 1894 23 May 1897 Højre 1895 Reedz-Thott
H
Hørring HE.jpg Hugo Egmont Hørring
(1842–1909)
23 May 1897 27 April 1900 Højre 1898 Hørring
H
Hannibal Sehested 1900.jpg Hannibal Sehested
(1842–1924)
27 April 1900 24 July 1901 Højre Sehested
H
JHDeuntzer-vort folk.jpg Johan Henrik Deuntzer
(1845–1918)
24 July 1901 14 January 1905 Venstre Reform Party 1901
1903
Deuntzer
V
IC Christensen.png Jens Christian Christensen
(1856–1930)
14 January 1905 24 July 1908 Venstre Reform Party 1906 Christensen I
V
24 July 1908 12 October 1908 Christensen II
V

Council Presidents under Frederik VIII (1906–1912)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
Neergaard.jpg Niels Neergaard
(1854–1936)
12 October 1908 16 August 1909 Venstre Reform Party Neergaard I
V
HolsteinLedreborg.jpg Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg
(1839–1912)
16 August 1909 28 October 1909 Venstre Reform Party 1909 Holstein-Ledreborg
V
Zahle.jpg Carl Theodor Zahle
(1866–1946)
28 October 1909 5 July 1910 Danish Social Liberal Party Zahle I
R
BerntsenK.jpg Klaus Berntsen
(1844–1927)
5 July 1910 21 June 1913 Venstre 1910 Berntsen
V

Council Presidents under Christian X (1912–1947)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
Zahle.jpg Carl Theodor Zahle
(1866–1946)
21 June 1913 20 April 1918 Danish Social Liberal Party 1913
1915
Zahle II
R

List of Ministers of State (1918–present)[edit]

Political Party:   Social Liberal (R)   Venstre (V)   Social Democrat (S)   Conservative (K)   No party

Key: Died in office

State Ministers under Christian X (1912–1947)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
Zahle.jpg Carl Theodor Zahle
(1866–1946)
21 April 1918 30 March 1920 Danish Social Liberal Party 1918 Zahle II
R
OttoLiebe.jpg Otto Liebe
(1860–1929)
30 March 1920 5 April 1920 Liebe
Caretaker Government
MPFriis.jpg Michael Pedersen Friis
(1857–1944)
5 April 1920 5 May 1920 Friis
Caretaker Government
Neergaard.jpg Niels Neergaard
(1854–1936)
5 May 1920 9 October 1922 Venstre Apr.1920
Jul.1920
Sep.1920
Neergaard II
V
9 October 1922 23 April 1924 Neergaard III
V
Stauning i1920-erne.jpg Thorvald Stauning
(1873–1942)
23 April 1924 14 December 1926 Social Democrat 1924 Stauning I
S
MadsenMygdal.jpg Thomas Madsen-Mygdal
(1876–1943)
14 December 1926 30 April 1929 Venstre 1926 Madsen-Mygdal
V
Stauning i1920-erne.jpg Thorvald Stauning
(1873–1942)
30 April 1929 4 November 1935 Social Democrat 1929
1932
Stauning II
S-R
4 November 1935 15 September 1939 1935 Stauning III
S-R
15 September 1939 10 April 1940 1939 Stauning IV
S-R
10 April 1940 8 July 1940 Stauning V
Unity Government
8 July 1940 3 May 1942 †[3] Stauning VI
Unity Government
Buhl vilhelm.jpg Vilhelm Buhl
(1881–1954)
4 May 1942 9 November 1942 Social Democrat Buhl I
Unity Government
Erik Scavenius.jpg Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
9 November 1942 29 August 1943[4] 1943 Scavenius
Unity Government
No Danish government (29 August 1943[4] – 5 May 1945). Office is assumed by the permanent secretary.
Buhl vilhelm.jpg Vilhelm Buhl
(1881–1954)
5 May 1945 7 November 1945 Social Democrat Buhl II
Unity Government
National Coat of arms of Denmark no crown.svg Knud Kristensen
(1880–1962)
7 November 1945 13 November 1947 Venstre 1945 Kristensen
V

State Ministers under Frederik IX (1947–1972)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
Hans hedtoft.jpg Hans Hedtoft
(1903–1955)
13 November 1947 30 October 1950 Social Democrat 1947 Hedtoft I
S
Erik Eriksen.jpg Erik Eriksen
(1902–1972)
30 October 1950 30 September 1953 Venstre 1950
Apr.1953
Eriksen
V-K
Hans hedtoft.jpg Hans Hedtoft
(1903–1955)
30 September 1953 29 January 1955 †[5] Social Democrat Sep.1953 Hedtoft II
S
Hans Christian Svane Hansen.jpg Hans Christian Hansen
(1906–1960)
1 February 1955 28 May 1957 Social Democrat Hansen I
S
28 May 1957 19 February 1960 †[6] 1957 Hansen II
S-R-E
Viggo Kampmann.jpg Viggo Kampmann
(1910–1976)
21 February 1960 18 November 1960 Social Democrat Kampmann I
S-R-E
18 November 1960 3 September 1962 1960 Kampmann II
S-R
Jens Otto Krag 01.jpg Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
3 September 1962 29 September 1964 Social Democrat Krag I
S-R
29 September 1964 2 February 1968 1964 Krag II
S
Hilmar Baunsgaard.PNG Hilmar Baunsgaard
(1920–1989)
2 February 1968 11 October 1971 Danish Social Liberal Party 1968 Baunsgard
R-K-V
Jens Otto Krag 01.jpg Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
11 October 1971 5 October 1972 Social Democrat 1971 Krag III
S

State Ministers under Margrethe II (1972–present)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Party Election Government
Composition
Anker-jørgensen-cropped.jpg Anker Jørgensen
(1922–2016)
5 October 1972 19 December 1973 Social Democrat Jørgensen I
S
National Coat of arms of Denmark no crown.svg Poul Hartling
(1914–2000)
17 December 1973 13 February 1975 Venstre 1973 Hartling
V
Anker-jørgensen-cropped.jpg Anker Jørgensen
(1922–2016)
13 February 1975 30 August 1978 Social Democrat 1975 Jørgensen II
S-V
30 August 1978 26 October 1979 1977 Jørgensen III
S-V
26 October 1979 30 December 1981 1979 Jørgensen IV
S
30 December 1981 10 September 1982 1981 Jørgensen V
S
Poul Schluter.jpg Poul Schlüter
(1929–)
10 September 1982 10 September 1987 Conservative 1984 Schlüter I
K-V-CD-KD
10 September 1987 3 June 1988 1987 Schlüter II
K-V-CD-KD
3 June 1988 18 December 1990 1988 Schlüter III
K-V-R
18 December 1990 25 January 1993 1990 Schlüter IV
K-V
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Danmarks tidigare statsminister, numera EU-parlamentariker.jpg Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
(1943–)
25 January 1993 27 September 1994 Social Democrat P.N. Rasmussen I
S-CD-R-KD
27 September 1994 30 December 1996 1994 P.N. Rasmussen II
S-R-CD
30 December 1996 23 March 1998 P.N. Rasmussen III
S-R
23 March 1998 27 November 2001 1998 P.N. Rasmussen IV
S-R
Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Nordic Council Session in Helsinki 2008-10-28.jpg Anders Fogh Rasmussen
(1953–)
27 November 2001 18 February 2005 Venstre 2001 A.F. Rasmussen I
V-K
18 February 2005 23 November 2007 2005 A.F. Rasmussen II
V-K
23 November 2007 5 April 2009 2007 A.F. Rasmussen III
V-K
Lars Løkke Rasmussen (2009).jpg Lars Løkke Rasmussen
(1964–)
5 April 2009 3 October 2011 Venstre L.L. Rasmussen I
V-K
Helle Thorning-Schmidt-2.jpg Helle Thorning-Schmidt
(1966–)
3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Democrat 2011 Thorning-Schmidt I
S-R-SF
3 February 2014 28 June 2015 Thorning-Schmidt II
S-R
Lars Løkke Rasmussen (2009).jpg Lars Løkke Rasmussen
(1964–)
28 June 2015 Incumbent Venstre 2015 L.L. Rasmussen II
V

Timeline (1848–present)[edit]

This is a graphical lifespan timeline of Prime Ministers of Denmark. The prime ministers are listed in order of office.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt Lars Løkke Rasmussen Anders Fogh Rasmussen Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Poul Schlüter Poul Hartling Anker Jørgensen Hilmar Baunsgaard Jens Otto Krag Viggo Kampmann Hans Christian Hansen Erik Eriksen Hans Hedtoft Knud Kristensen Erik Scavenius Vilhelm Buhl Thomas Madsen-Mygdal Thorvald Stauning Michael Pedersen Friis Otto Liebe Klaus Berntsen Carl Theodor Zahle Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg Niels Neergaard Jens Christian Christensen Johan Henrik Deuntzer Hannibal Sehested Hugo Egmont Hørring Tage Reedtz-Thott Jacob Brønnum Scavenius Estrup Christen Andreas Fonnesbech Ludvig Holstein-Holsteinborg Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs Ditlev Gothard Monrad Carl Edvard Rotwitt Carl Christian Hall Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ Peter Georg Bang Anders Sandøe Ørsted Christian Albrecht Bluhme Adam Wilhelm Moltke


Helle Thorning-Schmidt Lars Løkke Rasmussen Anders Fogh Rasmussen Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Poul Schlüter Poul Hartling Anker Jørgensen Hilmar Baunsgaard Jens Otto Krag Viggo Kampmann Hans Christian Hansen Erik Eriksen Hans Hedtoft Knud Kristensen Erik Scavenius Vilhelm Buhl Thomas Madsen-Mygdal Thorvald Stauning Michael Pedersen Friis Otto Liebe Klaus Berntsen Carl Theodor Zahle Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg Niels Neergaard Jens Christian Christensen Johan Henrik Deuntzer Hannibal Sehested (council president) Hugo Egmont Hørring Tage Reedtz-Thott Jacob Brønnum Scavenius Estrup Christen Andreas Fonnesbech Ludvig Holstein-Holsteinborg Christian Emil Frijs Ditlev Gothard Monrad Carl Edvard Rotwitt Carl Christian Hall Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ Peter Georg Bang Anders Sandøe Ørsted Christian Albrecht Bluhme Adam Wilhelm Moltke

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Different authorities provide contradictory accounts as to whether the period of Ludvig's occupation of the office in fact overlapped with that of his successor.
  2. ^ Carl Edvard Rotwitt died in office. Carl Frederik Blixen-Finecke was Acting Prime Minister 8 February 1860 – 24 February 1860.
  3. ^ Thorvald Stauning died in office. His successor was appointed the following day.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Hans Hedtoft died in office. His successor was appointed three days later.
  6. ^ Hans Christian Hansen died in office. His successor was appointed two days later.

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