5 Most Famous Danish people
Denmark is without a doubt one of the world’s top countries. Going by the extent of its beautiful people and innovations, it is not hard to tell why it so.
This country was the land of the Vikings. Today, it is one of the countries with the most progressive politics, architecture and free education.
The Danish are also said to be the happiest people in the world. They have impacted the world in so many ways through their contributions.
There are excellent Danish football players, actors, inventors, scientists, and so many more. Today I will share with you the 5 most famous Danish people.
1. Vitus Bering – Explorer and Cartographer
Vitus was an explorer with the most famous surname in the world. He joined the Russian Navy in 1703 but he was born in the happy harbour hamlet of Horsens.
Bering loved to travel and so he left his hometown as a young man and set about ship business. He explored northern Siberia for over a decade.
During his expeditions, he stumbled upon Alaska. The land in that region was named after him such as the Bering Strait, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge.
A University in Horsens has been named after him.
2. Karen Blixen – Author
She may have lived most of her adult life in Kenya, but Karen Blixen was born in Copenhagen. In 1913, Karen left her home country and moved to Kenya where she married a distant cousin who was a baron.
Blixen started writing after moving to Kenya telling of the beautiful adventures she encountered. Her best-seller which was turned into a movie was the book Out of Africa.
She lived in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi, Karen. Her home is now a museum. Blixen was considered several times for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
3. Prince Philip – Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.
He joined the navy in 1938 and served during the ‘Second World War.’ His family connections got him access to the British royal family. He got engaged to Princess Elizabeth, who later became the queen.
Prince Philip had to relinquish his Danish and Greek royal title. While he was engaged to Princess Elizabeth, he was named as the Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, and Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duke of Edinburg has been active in serving as the royal consort of the UK and the other Commonwealth realms. He holds honorary memberships in the Rotary clubs of Edinburgh, Scotland, and King’s Lynn, England.
Prince Philip is the chairman of ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’ for people aged 14 to 24.
4. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Actor/Producer
You probably recognize him from the epic series Game of Thrones as Ser Jaime Lannister. Nikolaj is an actor, screenwriter, and producer.
He is also known for his roles in several movies, such as Nightwatch, A Thousand Times Good Night and Head hunters.
Other than being an actor, Nikolaj is active in several humanitarian causes and supports the Danish Red Cross. He is the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and supports the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
His most recent films roles include Gods of Egypt and Small Crimes in 2016 and Shot Caller in 2017.
5. Giancarlo Esposito – Actor
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is an actor and filmmaker from America. He, however, has his roots in Copenhagen.
Esposito moved to the United States when he was six years old. He studied at Elizabeth Seton College in New York and graduated with a degree in radio and television communications.
Giancarlo started his acting career at the age of eight in a Broadway production of ‘Maggie Flynn’. His big-screen debut was in 1979 in a sports drama called Running.
Esposito’s most famous role was in the television series Breaking Bad. He played Gus Fring, a powerful drug lord. This role earned him the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Television Awards.