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COMPANIONS from Denmark

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This page contains a list of the greatest Danish Companions. The pantheon dataset contains 673 Companions, 20 of which were born in Denmark. This makes Denmark the birth place of the 9th most number of Companions behind Austria and United States.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Danish Companions of all time. This list of famous Danish Companions is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Danish Companions.

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1. Maria Feodorovna (1847 - 1928)

With an HPI of 70.08, Maria Feodorovna is the most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 48 different languages on wikipedia.

Maria Feodorovna (Russian: Мария Фёдоровна, romanized: Mariya Fyodorovna; 26 November 1847 – 13 October 1928), known before her marriage as Princess Dagmar of Denmark, was Empress of Russia from 1881 to 1894 as the wife of Emperor Alexander III. She was the second daughter of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. Maria's eldest son became the last Russian monarch, Emperor Nicholas II. Maria lived for 10 years after Bolshevik functionaries executed Nicholas and his immediate family in 1918.

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2. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (1946 - )

With an HPI of 68.65, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece is the 2nd most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Anne-Marie (Greek: Άννα-Μαρία, romanized: Ánna-María, pronounced [ana maˈria]; born 30 August 1946 as Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark) is a Greek and Danish royal who was the last queen of Greece as the consort of King Constantine II from their marriage on 19 September 1964 until the abolition of the Greek monarchy on 1 June 1973. Anne-Marie is the youngest daughter of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark. In 1964, Anne-Marie married Constantine and became queen consort of Greece. They had five children: Princess Alexia, Crown Prince Pavlos, Prince Nikolaos, Princess Theodora, and Prince Philippos. As queen, Anne-Marie spent much of her time working for a charitable foundation known as "Her Majesty's Fund" and later as the "Anne-Marie Foundation", which provided assistance to people in rural areas of Greece. In 1967, however, the royal family were forced into exile, and Constantine was later deposed as Greece transitioned into a republic. Anne-Marie is the youngest sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. She is also a first cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and a second cousin of King Harald V of Norway. Anne-Marie and her husband Constantine were third cousins: they shared King Christian IX of Denmark as patrilineal great-great-grandfather. They also shared Queen Victoria as a great-great-grandmother.

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3. Anne of Denmark (1574 - 1619)

With an HPI of 65.15, Anne of Denmark is the 3rd most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Anne of Denmark (Danish: Anna; 12 December 1574 – 2 March 1619) was the wife of King James VI and I; as such, she was Queen of Scotland from their marriage on 20 August 1589 and Queen of England and Ireland from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until her death in 1619.The second daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark and Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Anne married James at age 14. They had three children who survived infancy: Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, who predeceased his parents; Princess Elizabeth, who became Queen of Bohemia; and James's future successor, Charles I. Anne demonstrated an independent streak and a willingness to use factional Scottish politics in her conflicts with James over the custody of Prince Henry and his treatment of her friend Beatrix Ruthven. Anne appears to have loved James at first, but the couple gradually drifted and eventually lived apart, though mutual respect and a degree of affection survived.In England, Anne shifted her energies from factional politics to patronage of the arts and constructed her own magnificent court, hosting one of the richest cultural salons in Europe. After 1612, she had sustained bouts of ill health and gradually withdrew from the centre of court life. Though she was reported to have been a Protestant at the time of her death, she may have converted to Catholicism at some point in her life.Some historians have dismissed Anne as a lightweight queen, frivolous and self-indulgent. However, 18th-century writers including Thomas Birch and William Guthrie considered her a woman of "boundless intrigue". Recent reappraisals acknowledge Anne's assertive independence and, in particular, her dynamic significance as a patron of the arts during the Jacobean age.

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4. Sophia Magdalena of Denmark (1746 - 1813)

With an HPI of 61.91, Sophia Magdalena of Denmark is the 4th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Sophia Magdalena of Denmark (Danish: Sophie Magdalene; Swedish: Sofia Magdalena; 3 July 1746 – 21 August 1813) was the queen consort of Sweden as the wife of King Gustav III. She was liked by many in the Caps party, believing she was a symbol of virtue and religion. In 1771, Sophia's husband ascended to the throne and became King of Sweden, making Sophia Queen of Sweden. Their coronation was on 29 May 1772.

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5. Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland (1456 - 1486)

With an HPI of 58.34, Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland is the 5th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Margaret of Denmark (23 June 1456 – 14 July 1486) was Queen of Scotland from 1469 to 1486 by marriage to King James III. She was the daughter of Christian I, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and Dorothea of Brandenburg.

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6. Anne Sophie Reventlow (1693 - 1743)

With an HPI of 58.15, Anne Sophie Reventlow is the 6th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Anne Sophie von Reventlow (Danish: Anna Sophie; 16 April 1693 – 7 January 1743) was Queen of Denmark and Norway from 1721 to 1730 as the second wife of Frederick IV of Denmark and Norway.

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7. Gunnhild, Mother of Kings (910 - 980)

With an HPI of 54.83, Gunnhild, Mother of Kings is the 7th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Gunnhildr konungamóðir (mother of kings) or Gunnhildr Gormsdóttir, whose name is often Anglicised as Gunnhild (c. 910 – c. 980) is a quasi-historical figure who appears in the Icelandic Sagas, according to which she was the wife of Eric Bloodaxe (king of Norway 930–34, 'King' of Orkney c. 937–54, and king of Jórvík 948–49 and 952–54). She appears prominently in sagas such as Fagrskinna, Egils saga, Njáls saga, and Heimskringla. The sagas relate that Gunnhild lived during a time of great change and upheaval in Norway. Her father-in-law Harald Fairhair had recently united much of Norway under his rule. Shortly after his death, Gunnhild and her husband Eric Bloodaxe were overthrown and exiled. She spent much of the rest of her life in exile in Orkney, Jorvik and Denmark. A number of her many children with Eric became co-rulers of Norway in the late tenth century.

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8. Elizabeth of Denmark, Electress of Brandenburg (1485 - 1555)

With an HPI of 53.89, Elizabeth of Denmark, Electress of Brandenburg is the 8th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Elizabeth of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (24 June 1485 – 10 June 1555) was a Scandinavian princess who became Electress of Brandenburg as the spouse of Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg. She was the daughter of King Hans of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and his spouse, Christina of Saxony.

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9. Estrid Svendsdatter (990 - 1073)

With an HPI of 53.63, Estrid Svendsdatter is the 9th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Estrid Svendsdatter of Denmark (Estrith, Astrith: 990/997 – 1057/1073), was a Danish princess and titular queen, a Russian princess and, possibly, duchess of Normandy by marriage. She was the daughter of Sweyn Forkbeard and perhaps Gunhild of Wenden and half-sister of Cnut the Great. By Ulf Jarl, she was the mother of the later King Sweyn II Estridson and Beorn Estrithson. The dynasty that ruled Denmark in 1047–1412 was named after her. Though never a ruler or wife of a king, she was known in Denmark as queen during her son's reign.According to other researchers Estrid was the daughter of Sweyn Forkbeard and Sigrid the Haughty, herself the daughter of Skagul Toste, making Olof Skötkonung, the son of Sigrid the Haughty and Eric the Victorious, Estrid's half-brother while Canute the Great, Harald and Świętosława her other half-siblings, as children of Sweyn Forkbeard and the Polish princess Gunhild, daughter of Mieszko I of Poland.

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10. Princess Dagmar of Denmark (1890 - 1961)

With an HPI of 53.36, Princess Dagmar of Denmark is the 10th most famous Danish Companion.  Her biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Princess Dagmar of Denmark (Dagmar Louise Elisabeth; 23 May 1890 – 11 October 1961) was a member of the Danish royal family. She was the youngest child and fourth daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark and his wife, Princess Louise of Sweden and Norway.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as companions born between 910 and 1946. Of these 20, 1 (5.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living companions include Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. The most famous deceased companions include Maria Feodorovna, Anne of Denmark, and Sophia Magdalena of Denmark. As of April 2022, 5 new companions have been added to Pantheon including Estrid Svendsdatter, Martha of Denmark, and Christina of Denmark, Queen of Sweden.

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Which Companions were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 8 most globally memorable Companions since 1700.