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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 259,544 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Hans Egede is the 761st most popular religious figure (down from 665th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Norway (down from 43rd 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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Among religious figures, Hans Egede ranks 761 out of 2,238Before him are Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia, Gemma Galgani, Mikao Usui, Abdullah ibn Saba', Sun Myung Moon, and William of Gellone. After him are Agabus, Eugen Sandow, Giuseppe Moscati, Sasan, József Mindszenty, and Charles Spurgeon.

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Among people born in 1686, Hans Egede ranks 4Before him are Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Nicola Porpora, and Benedetto Marcello. After him are Charles, Duke of Berry, Senesino, Vasily Tatishchev, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Hakuin Ekaku, Antoine de Jussieu, Adolphus Frederick III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and Andrey Osterman. Among people deceased in 1758, Hans Egede ranks 4Before him are Pope Benedict XIV, Barbara of Portugal, and Prince Augustus William of Prussia. After him are Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Pierre Bouguer, Jonathan Edwards, Senesino, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Ernest Augustus II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Antoine de Jussieu, and Johan Helmich Roman.

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Among people born in Norway, Hans Egede ranks 48 out of 927Before him are Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner (1932), Sonja Henie (1912), Trygve Haavelmo (1911), Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen (1930), Johan Galtung (1930), and Sophus Lie (1842). After him are Kåre Willoch (1928), Olaf III of Norway (1050), Sverre of Norway (1145), Haakon V of Norway (1270), Johan Christian Dahl (1788), and Gustav Vigeland (1869).


Among religious figures born in Norway, Hans Egede ranks 1After him are Helene Olafsen (1990).