Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet noted for his children's stories. These include "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Little Match Girl", and the "The Ugly Duckling". During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages.
Anja Andersen is a female handball player known for both her skills as an offensive player, her strong temper and courage to make dramatic scenes and daring tricks during a match. She has played 133 matches for the Danish national handball team for women and has scored 726 goals. Anja Andersen was an important part of the renaissance in Danish handball during the 1990s.
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester (Birgitte Eva; formerly van Deurs; born Henriksen, 20 June 1946) is a member of the British Royal Family, the wife of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who is a grandchild of King George V. HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, with her husband, undertakes royal duties on behalf of the Duke's cousin, HM The Queen.
Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen (21 December 1919 – 14 September 2004) was a Danish actor. Born in Odense, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married Eva Rasmussen in 1945, with whom he had three children. One of these is actor Henning Sprogøe. He made his debut in the film Hans Store Aften (His Big Night). His characteristic prominent chin that had been feared an obstacle of his career did not prevent him from being one of the most versatile and used Danish actors.
Morten Grunwald (born December 9, 1934) is a Danish actor and theatre manager. He was born in Odense, Denmark, and attended Odense Theatrical School in 1958, and graduated from The Royal Theater of Denmark's Theatrical School in 1962. Since 1971, he has been the manager of several theatres in Copenhagen. He played one of the lead roles in the Olsen Gang movies, as Benny, along with Ove Sprogøe and Poul Bundgaard.
Thomas Lund Helveg (born 24 June 1971) is a Danish professional association football player, who plays as a defensive midfielder and defender for Odense Boldklub in the Danish Superliga, with whom he won the 1989 Danish championship. The most prominent period of his career was five years with Italian club AC Milan, with whom he won the 1999 Serie A championship and 2003 UEFA Champions League tournament.
Lise Lyng Falkenberg is a Danish writer of mostly fiction and works of literary studies. Since her first in 1983, a dozen of her books have been published as well as hundreds of articles, essays and reviews on movies, plays, literature, art and music. She has a Ph.D. in literature and cultural studies and is currently living in the city of Odense, Denmark, where she works both as a writer and as an international freelance journalist.
Kasper Bøgelund Nielsen (born October 8, 1980) is a Danish professional football player who plays as a defender for Danish club AaB Football. Bøgelund has played 17 games for the Danish national team, and he represented Denmark at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2004 European Championship.
Bendt Bendtsen (born March 25, 1954) is a Danish politician who was the leader of the Conservative People's Party from 1999 to 2008. He was the Minister of Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2008 under Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Bendtsen was born in Odense. Before being elected to the Folketing, he worked in the police in Odense; he became a member of the Odense City Council in 1989, and he was Vice-Chairman of the Odense Criminal Police Association from 1989 to 1992.
Niels Lolk Helveg Petersen (born 17 January 1939 in Odense) is a Danish politician, member of parliament for the Danish Social Liberal Party 1966-1974, 1977-1993 and again from 1994. Graduated in Law. Niels Helveg Petersen entered Parliament at a young age and became a civil servant in the European Commission in 1974. When he returned from Brussels, he soon became party leader, a position he held until 1990.
Karin Riis-Jørgensen (born on 7 November 1952 in Odense) is a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Venstre, a Vice-Chairwoman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Stephan Groth is the man behind Apoptygma Berzerk, an electronic dance music act that plays in styles such as synthpop, ebm, and futurepop. Stephan Leonard Groth was born in Odense, Denmark but relocated with his family to his father's home town Sarpsborg, Norway in 1986. Along with Ronan Harris of VNV Nation and the members of Covenant, he is considered by many to be one of the pioneers of the electronic Goth (later called futurepop) genre of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Caroline Wozniacki (born 11 July 1990, Odense) is a Danish tennis player. She is the current World No. 4. She is the only Danish woman currently in the Top 400 on the WTA Tour. She has won 6 WTA Tour events and was the runner up at the 2009 US Open.
Professor Dines Bjørner (born October 4, 1937 in Odense) is a Danish computer scientist. He specializes in research into domain engineering, requirements engineering and formal methods. He worked with Cliff Jones and others on the Vienna Development Method (VDM) at IBM in Vienna (and elsewhere). Later he was involved with producing the RAISE (Rigorous Approach to Industrial Software Engineering) formal method with tool support.
Lars Christian Jacobsen, (born 20 September 1979), and raised in Odense on Funen, is a Danish professional football player, who is currently playing his club football as a defender at full back for English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. He is the first choice right full back for the Danish national team, gaining 29 caps.
Jørgen Jensen Sadolin (c. 1490 - December 29, 1559 in Odense) was a Danish reformer, the son of Jens Christensen, a curate and subsequently a canon of Viborg Cathedral, and consequently, in all probability, born c. 1499 out of wedlock, as his Catholic opponents frequently took care to remind him. He himself never used the name Sadolin, which seems to have been invented subsequently by his son Hans, and points to the fact that the family were originally saddle-makers.
Karen-Lisbeth Rasmussen is a Danish ceramist and designer, born 30. June 1944 in Odense, Denmark. Raised in Randers and since the 1960's residing in Bredballe, Vejle on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula. Originally a school teacher, Karen-Lisbeth Rasmussen quit teaching when she was accepted at Kolding Kunthåndværkerskole (Kolding School of Arts and Crafts). Today the artist focusses mainly on sculptural work and the development of unique glazes.
Poul Lars Høgh Pedersen (born January 14, 1959) is a Danish former football player, who played his entire career as a goalkeeper for Odense BK. He won three Danish football championships and three Danish Cup trophies with OB, and won the Danish Best Goalkeeper of the Year award five times. He played eight matches for the Danish national team, and was selected for the 1986 World Cup and 1996 European Championship squads. He was a part of the Danish team which won the 1995 King Fahd Cup.
Thomas Barfoed Thrige (May 5, 1866 – May 9, 1938) was a Danish entrepreneur, industrialist and businessman. In 1894, he started the company Thomas B. Thrige, a manufacturer of electric motors, now known as T-T Electric (formerly Thrige Electric and Thrige-Titan). He and his wife formed the Thomas B. Thrige Foundation in 1934 to ensure the continuation of his business. The foundation grants donations to the Danish business community, primarily the trades and industries.
Bo Libergren (born April 29, 1969) is a Danish politician, representing the Liberal party Venstre. He was elected to the county council of Funen County in 1994 and returned in 1998 and 2001. From 2001 to 2006 he served as chairman of the county's newly created committee of disease prevention. In the Danish municipal elections on 15 November 2005 stood for the new region council of Region Syddanmark and was elected, more than tripling his number of votes from the election in 2001.
Jan Vang Sørensen (born Jan Vang Hansen in 1960?) is a retired Danish football player, turned professional poker player from Odense. He legally changed his name from Hansen (his father's surname) to Sørensen (his mother's maiden name) between 2002 and 2005.
Søren Berg is a Danish professional football player who currently plays as a striker or right winger for Randers FC in the Danish Superliga. He has twice been selected for the Denmark national football team.
Lars Christian Lilleholt (born 2 March 1965, Odense) is a Danish politician representing the liberal party Venstre. He served as temporary Member of Parliament 14 January – 31 January 1997 and 18 January – 10 February 2000. He was elected to Parliament on 20 November 2001 and returned in 2005. Lilleholt is Venstre's spokesman on energy and relations with Greenland. He has been a member of Odense City Council since 1994. Lilleholt is a journalist by profession.