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List of famous writers from Denmark, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Denmark is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Danish writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Denmark and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

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You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Denmark in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Denmark, but they're all of Denmark descent.

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Søren Kierkegaard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 42 (1813-1855) Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote ...more

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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 70 (1805-1875) Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not ...more

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Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 62 Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective – an avant-garde filmmaking movement – although his own films have taken a ...more

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 60 Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many ...more

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Dirch Passer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 54 (1926-1980) Dirch Hartvig Passer was a celebrated Danish actor. He was greatly renowned for his improvisational skills and, with a filmography comprising 90 movies, one of Denmark's most prolific actors. ...more

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Klaus Rifbjerg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 87 Klaus Rifbjerg was a Danish writer. He authored more than 170 novels, books and essays. In 1965 he co-produced the film 4x4 which was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.

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Anna Karina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 78 Anna Karina is a Danish-French citizen, film actress, director, and screenwriter who has spent most of her working life in France. She is known as a muse of the director Jean-Luc Godard, one of ...more

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Jørgen Leth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 81 Jørgen Leth is a Danish poet and film director who is considered a leading figure in experimental documentary film making. Most notable are his epic documentary A Sunday in Hell and his ...more

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Lau Lauritzen, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 67 (1910-1977) Lau Lauritzen, Jr., was a Danish actor, screenwriter, and film director. As a director, he was a 4-time recipient of the Bodil Award for Best Danish Film. Lauritzen co-founded the Danish film ...more

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Alice O'Fredericks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 69 (1899-1968) Alice O'Fredericks was a Danish actress, screen writer, and film director. She is best known for directing the series of Far til Fire comedies and the series of family dramas based on Morten ...more

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Jens Okking is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 79 Jens Dyhr Okking, is a Danish actor and politician. Jens Okking is known from Lars von Triers TV-series The Kingdom, and was a member of the European Parliament 1999 - 2003, initially elected ...more

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Douglas Sirk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 90 (1897-1987) Douglas Sirk was a German film director best known for his work in Hollywood melodramas in the 1950s.

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Susanne Bier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 58 Susanne Bier is a Danish film director best known for her feature films Brothers, After the Wedding and the Academy Award winning In a Better World.

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Thomas Vinterberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 49 Thomas Vinterberg is a Danish film director who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement in filmmaking, which established rules for simplifying movie production.

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Erik Balling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 81 (1924-2005) Erik Balling was a Danish TV and film director. He created two of Denmark's most popular TV-series, Matador and Huset på Christianshavn. His feature film Qivitoq was nominated for a Golden ...more

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Anders Thomas Jensen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 46 Anders Thomas Jensen is a Danish screenwriter and film director.

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Esben Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 61 (1950-2011) Esben Storm was a Danish- Australian actor, screenwriter, television producer and director, well known for his work with Australian children's program Round the Twist. He worked to adapt John ...more

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Bo Christensen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 81 Bo Christensen is a Danish film producer. Christensen is best known for producing Babette's Feast, for which he won the Best Foreign Film Oscar and the BAFTA Best Foreign Film award in 1988. He ...more

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Carl Theodor Dreyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 79 (1889-1968) Carl Theodor Dreyer, commonly known as Carl Th. Dreyer, was a Danish film director. He is regarded by many critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors in cinema. His best known films ...more

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Nicolas Winding Refn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 48 Nicolas Winding appeared in the 2012 film Pusher.

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Lars Saabye Christensen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 65 Lars Saabye Christensen, born 21 September 1953 in Oslo, is a Norwegian author. Saabye Christensen was raised in the Skillebekk neighbourhood of Oslo, but lived for many years in Sortland in ...more

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Bille August is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 70 Bille August is a Danish Academy Award-winning film and television director. His film Pelle the Conqueror from 1987 won the Palme d'Or, Academy Award and Golden Globe. He is one of only seven ...more

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Kim Bodnia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 53 Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, and occasional writer and director. He is best known internationally for his role as "Martin Rohde" in the Scandinavian crime drama television series The ...more

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Casper Christensen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 50 Casper Lindholm Christensen is a Danish comedian. He has hosted many shows including Casper & Mandrilaftalen, the Danish airing of Shooting Stars and Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, and the ...more

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Peter Aalbæk Jensen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 62 Peter Aalbæk Jensen is a Danish film producer who in 1992 with director Lars von Trier founded the Danish film company Zentropa and later its huge studio complex Filmbyen. Zentropa is ...more

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Paprika Steen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 54 Paprika Steen is a Danish actress and film director best known for her performances in the films Festen, The Idiots and Open Hearts. Steen was the first Danish actress since Karin Nellemose in ...more

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Benny Andersen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 89 Benny Andersen, is a Danish song-writer, poet, author, composer and pianist. He is the most widely read, most often sung and best loved of modern Danish lyricists, often associated with his ...more

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Iben Hjejle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 47 Iben Hjejle is a Danish actress, born 22 March 1971, and is notable for starring in the Stephen Frears film High Fidelity. In Denmark, she is perhaps best known for appearing in the Danish ...more

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Anne Linnet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 65 Anne Linnet is a Danish singer, musician and composer. She has released a number of solo albums and has also been a member of several bands, such as Shit & Chanel, Anne Linnet Band, and ...more

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Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 67 Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen is a screenwriter, a television director, a film director and an actor.

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Johannes Vilhelm Jensen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 77 (1873-1950) Johannes Vilhelm Jensen was a Danish author, often considered the first great Danish writer of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1944. One of his sisters, Thit ...more

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Ludvig Holberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 70 (1684-1754) Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg was a writer, essayist, philosopher, historian and playwright born in Bergen, Norway, during the time of the Dano-Norwegian double monarchy, who spent most of ...more

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Gabriel Axel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 96 (1918-2014) Axel Gabriel Erik Mørch better known as Gabriel Axel was a Danish film director, actor, writer and producer, best known for Babette's Feast, which he wrote and directed.

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Lone Scherfig is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 59 Lone Scherfig is a Danish film director who has been involved with the Dogme 95 movement and who has been widely critically acclaimed for several of her movies, including the Oscar-nominated ...more

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Erik Clausen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 76 Erik Clausen is an actor, screenwriter, and film director.

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Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 82 (1918-2000) Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities ...more

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Georg Brandes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 85 (1842-1927) Georg Morris Cohen Brandes was a Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian and European literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century. He is seen as the ...more

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Leif Panduro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 54 (1923-1977) Leif Thormod Panduro was a Danish writer, a novelist, short story writer and dramatist. A dentist by profession, he began in his thirties to write stories about people who can't conform to ...more

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Anders Matthesen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 43 Anders "Anden" Matthesen is a Danish stand-up comedian, actor and rapper. He is known for creating a wide array of memorable characters and stereotypes which he uses as alter-egos in ...more

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Søren Kragh-Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 71 Søren Kragh-Jacobsen is a Danish film director, musician, and song writer. He was one of the founders and practitioners of the Dogme95 project, for creating films without artificial ...more

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Joachim Trier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 44 Joachim Trier is a Norwegian film director raised in Oslo, Norway. His father Jacob Trier was the sound technician of Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, the most notable film produced in Norway. He is a ...more

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Bjarne Reuter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 68 Bjarne Reuter is a Danish writer and screenwriter, best known for children's and young adult books. Many of his works are set in the 1950s and 1960s, the time period of his childhood and ...more

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Astrid Henning-Jensen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 88 (1914-2002) Astrid Henning-Jensen was a Danish film director, actress, editor and screenwriter.

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Vivi Berens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 57 Vivi Berens (born December 12, 1961) is a former Danish pornographic actress born on Christianshavn in Copenhagen. She was in the late 1970s best known for her film Glade nymfer (1978) and Ung ...more

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Anders Bodelsen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 81 Anders Bodelsen is a prolific Danish writer primarily associated with the 1960 new-realism wave in Danish literature, along with Christian Kampmann and Henrik Stangerup. Bodelsen prefers the ...more

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J. Christian Ingvordsen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 61 J. Christian Ingvordsen is a film director, a screenwriter, a film producer and an actor.

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Henning Carlsen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 87 (1927-2014) Henning Carlsen was a Danish film director, screenwriter, and producer most noted for his documentaries and his contributions to the style of cinéma vérité. Carlsen's 1966 ...more

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Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
Died at 77 (1885-1962) Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola and ...more

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Henrik Ruben Genz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 59 Henrik Ruben Genz is a film writer and director.

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Asger Leth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Denmark
age 48 Asger Leth is a film director and screenwriter.