List of Danish monarchs

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This is a list of Danish monarchs since 950 (note that the actual list of kings of Denmark goes more than 200 years further back than that)

King/Queen of Denmark
Frederik X in 2018
Frederik X
since 14 January 2024
First monarchUnknown
(7th century or before)
Ruler Reign Notes / Also known as Picture
Gorm the Old c. 936 to 958/964 Son of Cnut or Harthacnut (Airde Conut) that was a
king of Northumbria and later king of Denmark
in the begining of the 10th century
Harald I Bluetooth 962/63/64-985 The wireless network was named after him
Pledge the whole nation to christianity in 965
Sweyn Forkbeard (Sweyn I) 985/86-1014 fell off his horse at the age of 50
Harald II 1014-1018
Canute the Great 1018-1035 King of England, Denmark, Norway and parts of Sweden

(first contemporary portrait of a Danish king)
Harthacnute 1028-1042 also King of England
Magnus I Olafsson 1042-1047 also King of Norway
Sweyn II 1047-1076 Every following Danish monarch are descended from him
Harald III 1076-1080 the soft
Canute IV 1080-1086 first royal saint in Denmark
Olaf I 1086-1095 Hunger
Eric I 1095-1103 Evergood
Niels 1104-1134 Also called Nicholas
Eric II 1034-1037 assassinated, The Memorable
Eric III 1137-1146 Lamb
Sweyn III (Grathe)
Canute V
Valdemar I
Canute VI


Valdemar II (the victorious)
Valdemar III (the younger)


Eric Ploughpenny 1232-1250
Abel 1250-1252 last Danish King to die in battle
Christopher I 1252-1259
Eric ‘’klipping’’ 1259-1286 last Danish King to be murdered
Eric VI 1286-1319 Menved
Christopher II 1320-1326
Eric VII 1321-1326
Valdemar IV 1326-1329
Christopher II 1329-1332
Valdemar V Atterdag 1340-1375
Olaf II 1376-1387
Margaret I 1376-1412 Created and ruled the Kalmar Union
Eric VII 1396-1412-1439
Christopher III (1439)1440-1448
Christian I 1448-1481
Hans 1481-1513
Christian II 1513-1523 last ruler of the Kalmar Union
Frederik I 1523-1533
Christian III 1534-1559
Frederik II 1559-1588
Christian IV 1588-1648 longest ruling
Frederik III 1648-1670 first absolute monarch from 1660
Christian V 1670-1699
Frederik IV 1699-1730
Christian VI 1730-1746
Frederik V 1746-1766
Christian VII 1766-1808
Frederik VI 1808-1839 last king of both Denmark and Norway
Christian VIII 1839-1848
Frederik VII 1848-1863 Gave the constitution of 1849
Christian IX 1863-1906 "Father-in-law of Europe"
Frederik VIII 1906-1912
Christian X 1912-1947 also King of Iceland
Frederik IX 1947-1972
Margrethe II 1972-2024
Frederik X 2024-present