List of Minister of Defence (Denmark)

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This is a list of all Danish Minister of Defences.

The current office was established in 1905, merging the two previous positions of War Minister (for army matters) and Navy Minister.

List of Ministers of Defence (1905–present)[edit]

No. Minister of Defence Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1
Jens Christian Christensen
Christensen, Jens ChristianJens Christian Christensen
(1856–1930)
14 January 190512 October 19083 years, 272 daysVenstre ReformChristensen II
2
Niels Thomasius Neergaard
Neergaard, Niels ThomasiusNiels Thomasius Neergaard
(1854–1936)
12 October 190816 September 1909339 daysModerate VenstreNeergaard I
(1)
Jens Christian Christensen
Christensen, Jens ChristianJens Christian Christensen
(1856–1930)
16 September 190918 October 190932 daysVenstre ReformHolstein-Ledreborg
3
Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg
Holstein-Ledreborg, LudvigLudvig Holstein-Ledreborg
(1839–1912)
18 October 190928 October 190910 daysNonpartisanHolstein-Ledreborg
4
Christopher Krabbe [da]
Krabbe, ChristopherChristopher Krabbe [da]
(1833–1913)
28 October 19095 July 1910250 daysSocial LiberalsZahle I
5
Klaus Berntsen
Berntsen, KlausKlaus Berntsen
(1844–1927)
5 July 191021 June 19132 years, 351 daysModerate VenstreBerntsen
6
Peter Rochegune Munch
Munch, Peter RochegunePeter Rochegune Munch
(1870–1948)
21 June 191330 March 19206 years, 283 daysSocial LiberalsZahle II
7
Henri Konow
Konow, HenriHenri Konow
(1862–1939)
30 March 19205 April 19206 daysNonpartisanLiebe
8
Michael Pedersen Friis
Friis, Michael PedersenMichael Pedersen Friis
(1857–1944)
5 April 19205 May 192030 daysNonpartisanFriis
9
Klaus Berntsen
Berntsen, KlausKlaus Berntsen
(1844–1927)
5 May 19209 October 19222 years, 157 daysVenstreNeergaard II
10
Søren Brorsen [da]
Brorsen, SørenSøren Brorsen [da]
(1875–1961)
9 October 192223 April 19241 year, 197 daysVenstreNeergaard III
11
Laust Rasmussen [da]
Rasmussen, LaustLaust Rasmussen [da]
(1862–1941)
23 April 192414 December 19262 years, 235 daysSocial DemocratsStauning I
(10)
Søren Brorsen [da]
Brorsen, SørenSøren Brorsen [da]
(1875–1961)
14 December 192630 April 19295 years, 7 daysVenstreMadsen-Mygdal
(11)
Laust Rasmussen [da]
Rasmussen, LaustLaust Rasmussen [da]
(1862–1941)
30 April 192924 November 19323 years, 208 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
12
Hans Peter Hansen (Politician) [da]
Hansen, Hans PeterHans Peter Hansen (Politician) [da]
(1872–1953)
24 November 193231 May 1933188 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
13
Thorvald Stauning
Stauning, ThorvaldThorvald Stauning
(1873–1942)
31 May 19334 November 19352 years, 157 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
14
Alsing Andersen
Andersen, AlsingAlsing Andersen
(1893–1962)
4 November 193510 April 19404 years, 158 daysSocial DemocratsStauning IIIIVV
None (10 April 1940−8 July 1940)
(Alsing Emanuel Andersen)
None (8 July 1940−4 May 1942)
(Søren Brorsen)
(10)
Søren Brorsen [da]
Brorsen, SørenSøren Brorsen [da]
(1875–1961)
4 May 194229 August 19431 year, 117 daysVenstreStauning VI
Buhl I
Scavenius
None (29 August 1943−5 May 1945)
(Søren Brorsen)
15
Ole Bjørn Kraft [da]
Kraft, Ole BjørnOle Bjørn Kraft [da]
(1893–1980)
4 May 194229 August 19431 year, 117 daysConservativeBuhl II
16
Harald Petersen [da]
Petersen, HaraldHarald Petersen [da]
(1893–1970)
4 May 194229 August 19431 year, 117 daysVenstreKristensen
17
Hans Rasmus Hansen [da]
Hansen, Hans RasmusHans Rasmus Hansen [da]
(1896–1971)
13 November 194730 October 19503 years, 17 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft I
(16)
Harald Petersen [da]
Petersen, HaraldHarald Petersen [da]
(1893–1970)
30 October 195030 September 19532 years, 335 daysVenstreEriksen
(17)
Hans Rasmus Hansen [da]
Hansen, Hans RasmusHans Rasmus Hansen [da]
(1896–1971)
30 September 195325 May 19562 years, 238 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft II
Hansen I
18
Poul Hansen
Hansen, PoulPoul Hansen
(1913–1966)
25 May 195615 November 19626 years, 174 daysSocial DemocratsHansen I
Kampmann I
Krag I
19
Victor Gram [da]
Hansen, PoulVictor Gram [da]
(1910–1969)
15 November 19622 February 19685 years, 79 daysSocial DemocratsKrag III
20
Erik Ninn-Hansen
Ninn-Hansen, ErikErik Ninn-Hansen
(1922–2014)
2 February 196817 March 19713 years, 43 daysConservativeBaunsgaard
21
Knud Østergaard [da]
Ninn-Hansen, ErikKnud Østergaard [da]
(1922–1993)
17 March 197111 October 1971208 daysConservativeBaunsgaard
22
Kjeld Olesen
Olesen, KjeldKjeld Olesen
(born 1932)
11 October 197127 September 19731 year, 351 daysSocial DemocratsKrag III
Jørgensen I
23
Orla Møller [da]
Møller, OrlaOrla Møller [da]
(1916–1979)
27 September 197319 December 197383 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen I
24
Erling Brøndum
Brøndum, ErlingErling Brøndum
(1930–2017)
19 December 197313 February 19751 year, 56 daysVenstreHartling
(23)
Orla Møller [da]
Møller, OrlaOrla Møller [da]
(1916–1979)
13 February 19751 October 19772 years, 230 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
25
Poul Søgaard
Søgaard, PoulPoul Søgaard
(1923–2016)
1 October 197710 September 19824 years, 344 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen IIIIIIVV
26
Hans Engell
Engell, HansHans Engell
(born 1948)
10 September 198210 September 19875 years, 0 daysConservativeSchlüter I
27
Bernt Johan Collet
Collet, Bernt JohanBernt Johan Collet
(born 1941)
10 September 19873 June 1988267 daysConservativeSchlüter II
28
Knud Enggaard
Enggaard, KnudKnud Enggaard
(born 1929)
3 June 198825 January 19934 years, 236 daysVenstreSchlüter IIIIV
29
Hans Hækkerup
Hækkerup, HansHans Hækkerup
(1945–2013)
25 January 199321 December 20007 years, 331 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IIIIIIIV
30
Jan Trøjborg
Trøjborg, JanJan Trøjborg
(1955–2012)
21 December 200027 November 2001341 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IV
31
Svend Aage Jensby
Jensby, Svend AageSvend Aage Jensby
(born 1940)
27 November 200124 April 20042 years, 149 daysVenstreA.F. Rasmussen I
32
Søren Gade
Gade, SørenSøren Gade
(born 1963)
24 April 200423 February 20105 years, 305 daysVenstreA.F. Rasmussen IIIIII
L.L. Rasmussen I
33
Gitte Lillelund Bech
Bech, Gitte LillelundGitte Lillelund Bech
(born 1969)
23 February 20103 October 20111 year, 222 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen I
34
Nick Hækkerup
Hækkerup, NickNick Hækkerup
(born 1968)
3 October 20119 August 20131 year, 310 daysSocial DemocratsThorning-Schmidt I
35
Nicolai Wammen
Wammen, NicolaiNicolai Wammen
(born 1971)
9 August 201328 June 20151 year, 323 daysSocial DemocratsThorning-Schmidt III
36
Carl Holst
Holst, CarlCarl Holst
(born 1970)
28 June 201530 September 201594 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II
37
Peter Christensen
Christensen, PeterPeter Christensen
(born 1975)
30 September 201528 November 20161 year, 28 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II
38
Claus Hjort Frederiksen
Frederiksen, Claus HjortClaus Hjort Frederiksen
(born 1947)
28 November 201627 June 20192 years, 242 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen III
39
Trine Bramsen
Bramsen, TrineTrine Bramsen
(born 1981)
27 June 2019Incumbent237 daysSocial DemocratsFrederiksen

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