Hans Egede

1686 - 1758

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Hans Poulsen Egede (31 January 1686 – 5 November 1758) was a Dano-Norwegian Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland, which led him to be styled the Apostle of Greenland. He established a successful mission among the Inuit and is credited with revitalizing Dano-Norwegian interest in the island after contact had been broken for about 300 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Egede has received more than 299,010 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Hans Egede is the 875th most popular religious figure (down from 784th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Norway (down from 48th in 2019) and the most popular Norwegian Religious Figure.

Hans Egede was a Danish missionary who traveled to Greenland in 1721 and founded the colony of Godthåb. His most famous accomplishment is founding the colony of Godthåb, which is now the city of Nuuk.

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Over the past year Hans Egede has had the most page views in the with 28,825 views, followed by German (14,231), and Danish (9,959). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Irish (86.26%), West Frisian (51.73%), and Asturian (46.50%)


Among religious figures, Hans Egede ranks 875 out of 3,187Before him are Sai Baba of Shirdi, Tarasios of Constantinople, Hélder Câmara, Dayananda Saraswati, Columba, and Philipp Spener. After him are Caesar Baronius, Ebussuud Efendi, Gerard Majella, Bavo of Ghent, Al-Tabarani, and Angela of Foligno.

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Among people born in 1686, Hans Egede ranks 5Before him are Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Nicola Porpora, Benedetto Marcello, and Charles, Duke of Berry. After him are Senesino, Hakuin Ekaku, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Vasily Tatishchev, Adolphus Frederick III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Antoine de Jussieu, and Johann Georg Christian, Prince of Lobkowicz. Among people deceased in 1758, Hans Egede ranks 6Before him are Pope Benedict XIV, Barbara of Portugal, Prince Augustus William of Prussia, Pierre Bouguer, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. After him are Senesino, Jonathan Edwards, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Ernest Augustus II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Antoine de Jussieu, and Johan Helmich Roman.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Hans Egede ranks 55 out of 1,039Before him are Olaf III of Norway (1050), Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (1932), Sonja Henie (1912), Sverre of Norway (1145), Haakon V of Norway (1270), and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (1971). After him are Halfdan the Black (810), Camilla Collett (1813), Einar Gerhardsen (1897), Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen (1930), Harald Greycloak (935), and Arne Garborg (1851).


Among religious figures born in Norway, Hans Egede ranks 1After him are Paul Egede (1708), Hallvard Vebjørnsson (1020), and Helene Olafsen (1990).