List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Denmark)


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)


Minister of Foreign Affairs under Frederick VII (1848–1863)

No. Portrait Foreign MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
1
Knuth, FrederikFrederik Markus Knuth
(1813–1856)
22 March 184816 November 1848239 daysIndependentMoltke I
2
Moltke, AdamAdam Wilhelm Moltke
(1785–1864)
16 November 18486 August 18501 year, 263 daysIndependentMoltke II
3
Holger Reedtz
(1800–1857)
6 August 1850 (1850-08-06)18 October 1851 (1851-10-18)1 year, 73 daysIndependentMoltke IIIII
4
Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
18 October 1851 (1851-10-18)12 December 1854 (1854-12-12)3 years, 55 daysIndependentMoltke IV
Bluhme I
Ørsted
5
Wulff Scheel-Plessen
(1809–1876)
12 December 1854 (1854-12-12)15 January 1855 (1855-01-15)34 daysIndependentBang
6
Ludvig Nicolaus von Scheele
(1796–1874)
15 January 1855 (1855-01-15)17 April 1857 (1857-04-17)2 years, 92 daysIndependentBang
Andræ
7
Ove Wilhelm Michelsen
(1800–1880)
17 April 1857 (1857-04-17)10 July 1858 (1858-07-10)1 year, 84 daysIndependentAndræ
Hall I
8
Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
10 July 1858 (1858-07-10)2 December 1859 (1859-12-02)1 year, 145 daysNational LiberalHall I
9
Carl Frederik Blixen-Finecke
(1822–1873)
2 December 1859 (1859-12-02)24 February 1860 (1860-02-24)84 daysIndependentRotwitt
(8)
Carl Christian Hall
(1812–1888)
24 February 1860 (1860-02-24)31 December 1863 (1863-12-31)3 years, 310 daysNational LiberalHall II

Minister of Foreign Affairs under Christian IX (1863–1906)

No. Portrait Foreign MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
10
Monrad, DitlevDitlev Gothard Monrad
(1811–1887)
31 December 18638 January 18641 year, 263 daysNational LiberalMonrad
11
George Quaade
(1813–1889)
8 January 1864 (1864-01-08)11 July 1864 (1864-07-11)185 daysIndependentMonrad
(4)
Christian Albrecht Bluhme
(1794–1866)
11 July 1864 (1864-07-11)6 November 1865 (1865-11-06)1 year, 118 daysIndependentBluhme II
12
Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
(1817–1896)
6 November 1865 (1865-11-06)28 May 1870 (1870-05-28)4 years, 203 daysNational LandownersFrijs
13
Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
(1821–1892)
28 May 1870 (1870-05-28)11 June 1875 (1875-06-11)5 years, 14 daysNational LandownersHolstein-Holsteinborg
Fonnesbech
14
Frederik Moltke
(1825–1875)
11 June 1875 (1875-06-11)1 October 1875 (1875-10-01)112 daysNational LandownersEstrup
(13)
Otto Rosenørn-Lehn
(1821–1892)
10 November 1875 (1875-11-10)21 May 1892 (1892-05-21)16 years, 193 daysNational LandownersEstrup
15
Tage Reedtz-Thott
(1839–1923)
3 June 1892 (1892-06-03)23 May 1897 (1897-05-23)4 years, 354 daysHøjreEstrup
Reedtz-Thott
16
Niels F. Ravn
(1826–1910)
23 May 1897 (1897-05-23)27 April 1900 (1900-04-27)2 years, 339 daysHøjreHørring
17
Hannibal Sehested
(1842–1924)
27 April 1900 (1900-04-27)24 July 1901 (1901-07-24)1 year, 88 daysHøjreSehested
18
Johan Henrik Deuntzer
(1845–1918)
24 July 1901 (1901-07-24)14 January 1905 (1905-01-14)3 years, 174 daysVenstre ReformDeuntzer
19
Frederik Raben-Levetzau
(1850–1933)
14 January 1905 (1905-01-14)12 October 1908 (1908-10-12)3 years, 272 daysVenstre ReformChristensen III

Minister of Foreign Affairs under Frederik VIII (1906–1912)

No. Portrait Foreign MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
20
Ahlefeldt, WilliamWilliam Ahlefeldt-Laurvig [da]
(1860–1923)
12 October 190828 October 19091 year, 16 daysVenstre ReformNeergaard I
Holstein-Ledreborg
21
Scavenius, ErikErik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
28 October 19095 July 1910250 daysSocial LiberalsZahle I
(20)
Ahlefeldt, WilliamWilliam Ahlefeldt-Laurvig [da]
(1860–1923)
5 July 191021 June 19132 years, 351 daysVenstreBerntsen

Minister of Foreign Affairs under Christian X (1912–1947)

No. Portrait Foreign MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
22
Brandes, EdvardEdvard Brandes
(1847–1931)
21 June 191324 June 19133 daysSocial LiberalsZahle II
(21)
Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
24 June 1913 (1913-06-24)30 March 1920 (1920-03-30)6 years, 280 daysSocial LiberalsZahle II
23
Henri Konow
(1862–1939)
30 March 1920 (1920-03-30)5 April 1920 (1920-04-05)6 daysIndependentLiebe
24
Otto Scavenius
(1875–1945)
5 April 1920 (1920-04-05)5 May 1920 (1920-05-05)30 daysIndependentFriis
25
Harald Scavenius
(1873–1939)
5 May 1920 (1920-05-05)9 October 1922 (1922-10-09)2 years, 157 daysVenstreNeergaard II
26
Christian Cold
(1863–1934)
9 October 1922 (1922-10-09)23 April 1924 (1924-04-23)1 year, 197 daysVenstreNeergaard III
27
Carl Moltke
(1869–1935)
23 April 1924 (1924-04-23)14 December 1926 (1926-12-14)2 years, 235 daysIndependentStauning I
28
Laust Jevsen Moltesen
(1865–1950)
14 December 1926 (1926-12-14)30 April 1929 (1929-04-30)2 years, 137 daysVenstreMadsen-Mygdal
29
Peter Rochegune Munch
(1870–1948)
30 April 1929 (1929-04-30)8 July 1940 (1940-07-08)11 years, 69 daysSocial LiberalsStauning IIIIIIVV
(21)
Erik Scavenius
(1877–1962)
8 July 1940 (1940-07-08)29 August 1943 (1943-08-29)[1]3 years, 52 daysIndependentStauning VI
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
(1881–1954)
Acting
5 May 1945 (1945-05-05)7 May 1945 (1945-05-07)2 daysSocial DemocratsBuhl II
30
John Christmas Møller
(1894–1948)
7 May 1945 (1945-05-07)7 November 1945 (1945-11-07)184 daysConservativeBuhl II
31
Gustav Rasmussen
(1895–1953)
7 November 1945 (1945-11-07)30 October 1950 (1950-10-30)4 years, 357 daysIndependentKristensen
Hedtoft III

Minister of Foreign Affairs under Frederik IX (1947–1972)

No. Portrait Foreign MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
32
Kraft, OleOle Bjørn Kraft
(1893–1980)
30 October 195030 September 19532 years, 335 daysConservativeEriksen
33
Hans Christian Hansen
(1906–1960)
30 September 1953 (1953-09-30)8 October 1958 (1958-10-08)5 years, 8 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft III
Hansen III
34
Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
8 October 1958 (1958-10-08)3 September 1962 (1962-09-03)3 years, 330 daysSocial DemocratsHansen II
Kampmann III
35
Per Hækkerup
(1915–1979)
3 September 1962 (1962-09-03)28 November 1966 (1966-11-28)4 years, 86 daysSocial DemocratsKrag III
(34)
Jens Otto Krag
(1914–1978)
28 November 1966 (1966-11-28)1 October 1967 (1967-10-01)307 daysSocial DemocratsKrag II
36
Hans Tabor
(1922–2003)
1 October 1967 (1967-10-01)2 February 1968 (1968-02-02)124 daysSocial DemocratsKrag II
37
Poul Hartling
(1914–2000)
2 February 1968 (1968-02-02)11 October 1971 (1971-10-11)3 years, 251 daysVenstreBaunsgaard
38
Knud Børge Andersen
(1914–1984)
11 October 1971 (1971-10-11)19 December 1973 (1973-12-19)2 years, 69 daysSocial DemocratsKrag III
Jørgensen I

Minister of Foreign Affairs under Margrethe II (1972–present)

No. Portrait Foreign MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
39
Ove Guldberg
(1918–2008)
19 December 1973 (1973-12-19)13 February 1975 (1975-02-13)1 year, 56 daysVenstreHartling
(38)
Knud Børge Andersen
(1914–1984)
13 February 1975 (1975-02-13)1 July 1978 (1978-07-01)3 years, 138 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
40
Anker Jørgensen
(1922–2016)
1 July 1978 (1978-07-01)30 August 1978 (1978-08-30)60 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
41
Henning Christophersen
(1939–2016)
30 August 1978 (1978-08-30)26 October 1979 (1979-10-26)1 year, 57 daysVenstreJørgensen III
42
Kjeld Olesen
(born 1932)
26 October 1979 (1979-10-26)10 September 1982 (1982-09-10)2 years, 319 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen IVV
43
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
(born 1941)
10 September 1982 (1982-09-10)25 January 1993 (1993-01-25)10 years, 137 daysVenstreSchlüter IIIIIIIV
44
Niels Helveg Petersen
(1939–2017)
25 January 1993 (1993-01-25)21 December 2000 (2000-12-21)7 years, 331 daysSocial LiberalsP.N. Rasmussen IIIIIIIV
45
Mogens Lykketoft
(born 1946)
21 December 2000 (2000-12-21)27 November 2001 (2001-11-27)341 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IV
46
Per Stig Møller
(born 1942)
27 November 2001 (2001-11-27)23 February 2010 (2010-02-23)8 years, 88 daysConservativeA.F. Rasmussen IIIIII
L.L. Rasmussen I
47
Lene Espersen
(born 1965)
23 February 2010 (2010-02-23)3 October 2011 (2011-10-03)1 year, 222 daysConservativeL.L. Rasmussen I
48
Villy Søvndal
(born 1952)
3 October 2011 (2011-10-03)12 December 2013 (2013-12-12)2 years, 70 daysSFThorning-Schmidt I
49
Holger K. Nielsen
(born 1950)
12 December 2013 (2013-12-12)30 January 2014 (2014-01-30)49 daysSFThorning-Schmidt I
50
Martin Lidegaard
(born 1966)
30 January 2014 (2014-01-30)28 June 2015 (2015-06-28)1 year, 149 daysSocial LiberalsThorning-Schmidt II
51
Kristian Jensen
(born 1971)
28 June 2015 (2015-06-28)28 November 2016 (2016-11-28)1 year, 153 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II
52
Samuelsen, AndersAnders Samuelsen
(born 1967)
28 November 201627 June 20192 years, 211 daysLiberal AllianceL.L. Rasmussen III
53
Kofod, JeppeJeppe Kofod
(born 1974)
27 June 2019Incumbent2 years, 33 daysSocial DemocratsFrederiksen

Notes


  1. 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.