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Danish people
Total population

c. 7 million

Regions with significant populations
 Denmark 4,996,980[1]
 United States 1,430,897 [2]
 Canada 200,035 [3]
 Brazil 140,000
 Norway 52,510 [4]
 Australia 50,413 [5]
 Germany 50,000 [6]
 Sweden 42,602 [7]
 Argentina 13,000 [8]
 United Kingdom 18,493 (Danish born only) [9]
 Spain 8,944 [10]
 France 7,000 [11]
 Switzerland 4.251 [12]
 New Zealand 3,507 [13]
 Faroe Islands 2,956
 Iceland 2,802 [14]
 Ireland 809 [15]
 Austria 806 [16]
 Japan 500 [17]
 Lebanon 400 [18]


Related languages include Norwegian, Swedish, Faroese, Icelandic, and to a lesser extent, all Germanic languages.
Predominantly Lutheran;
small minorities of other faiths; secular.

Danish people or Danes are the nation and ethnic group that is born in Denmark, and who speak Danish.

The first mention of Danes within the Danish territory is on the Jelling Rune Stone which mentions how Harald Bluetooth converted the Danes to Christianity in the 10th century.[19] Denmark has been continuously inhabited since this period and although much cultural and ethnic influence and immigration from all over the world has entered Denmark since then, Danes tend to see themselves as ethnic descendents of the early Danes mentioned in the sources.


According to the Danish statistics institute, approximately five million people of Danish origin live in Denmark today. In this context "Danish origin" is defined as being born to parents who are Danish citizens, and the number is arrived at by subtracting from the total population (5,564,249) those who are born abroad to non-citizens who are themselves born abroad (called immigrants), and those who are born in Denmark to parents who are either immigrants or who have foreign citizenship.[1]

Danish citizenship is granted to anyone who has one parent of Danish citizenship, whether the child is born in or outside of Denmark. Citizens of Greenland and the Faroe islands are considered Danish citizens for all purposes. Those who do not achieve Danish citizenship by birth (or by Adoption) can only receive Danish citizenship through decree of law. Danish citizenship is automatically lost if one applies for foreign citizenship or when a 22 year old child of Danish citizens has never lived in Denmark and has not formally applied for Danish citizenship.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Danmarks Statistik (pdf, written in English) reports that metropolitan Denmark, per 1 April 2011, has 4.996.980 inhabitants of Danish origin.
  2. The 2000 American census reports that the United States, in the 2000 census, has 1,430,897 inhabitants of Danish ancestry.
  3. Statistics Canada
  4. Statistics Norway. "Persons with immigrant background by immigration category, country background and sex. 1 January 2009 (Immigrants and Norwegian-norn to immigrant parents + Other immigrant background)". Retrieved 2009-08-27. [dead link]
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census Table
  6. National minorities at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
  7. Statistics Sweden
  8. [1]
  9. Danish Immigrants to the UK (2001)
  10. Spanish National Statistics Institute
  11. Danes in France
  12. Danes in foreign countries
  13. Statistics New Zealand
  14. "Population by country of birth 1981-2006 by country and year: Denmark, 2006". Statistics Iceland (English version). 31 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  15. CSO Ireland - 2006 Census
  16. Ties between Austria and Denmark Laut den letzten Zählungen sind 806 Dänen in Österreich (2001)
  17. Danish immigrants in Tokyo
  18. History of Denmark and Lebanon