Ministry of Defence (Denmark)

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Ministry of Defence
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Ministry overview
Formed 27 May 1950; 65 years ago (1950-05-27)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of War
  • Marine Ministry
Headquarters Holmens Kanal 42, Copenhagen
Employees 22.000
Annual budget 23,1 billion DKK (2013)
Ministry executives
Child Ministry
Website Dansih Ministry of Defence

The Danish Ministry of Defence (Danish: Forsvarsministeriet, short FMN) is a ministry in the Danish government. It is charged with overall planning, development, and strategic guidance of the entire area of responsibility of the Danish Defence minister, including the armed forces and the emergency management sector. It is the secretariat of the Danish Defence Minister.


The Ministry of Defence was established following the Danish defence law of May 27, 1950 (law #272), about the central structure of the military of Denmark. This combined the two previous ministries; Ministry of War (Krigsministeriet) and the Marine ministry (Marineministeriet). The Minister of Defence had already been created in 1905 as the head of both ministries, though still with branch (Army and Navy) chiefs as administrators.

This new Ministry can though trace its history back to 1660, when King Frederick III established a War collegium (Krigskollegium) for the Army to in both war- and peacetime to administer the Army. A similar command had previously been created for the Navy, the Admiralty (Admiralitetet) of 1655.

The War collegium changed name to Krigskancelliet in 1679 and later to Generalitets- og Kommisariatskollegiet. The day after the de facto end to absolute monarchy in Denmark, March 21, 1848, Anton Frederik Tscherning became the first War minister of Denmark, with the Generalitets- og Kommisariatskollegiet changing name into the Ministry of War on March 25, 1848. Likewise Adam Wilhelm Moltke became the first Marine minister (simultaneous Prime minister), while the Admiralty changed into the Marine ministry on April 21, 1848.

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  1. ^ "Officielt: Peter Christensen bliver ny forsvarsminister". Politiko (in Danish). Retrieved 30 September 2015.