Chief of Defence (Denmark)

Chief of Defence of Denmark

Chief of Defence Coat of Arms

Standard of the Chief of Defence
General Peter Bartram

since 20 March 2010
Ministry of Defence
Member of Defence Command of Denmark
Reports to Defence Minister of Denmark
Formation 27 May 1950
First holder Admiral Erhard Jørgen Carl Qvistgaard
Deputy Per Ludvigsen
Website Official Website
The Chief of Defence insignia used by Otto K. Lind

The Chief of Defence of Denmark (Danish: Forsvarschefen), under responsibility of the Defence minister, is the Chief of Defence and commander[lower-alpha 1] of the Royal Danish Army, the Royal Danish Navy and the Royal Danish Air Force. The Chief of Defence is the military adviser to the Defence minister and head of the Defence Command.

The Chief of Defence is the highest-ranking military officer in Denmark and has the rank of four-star General (or Admiral if from the Navy) (OF-9),[lower-alpha 2] and supervises roughly 93% of all military spending in Denmark.[1]

The Danish Home Guard and Defence intelligence is directly under the Ministry of Defence, only in times of war will the Home Guard Command be transferred to the Defence Command, and thus come under the authority of the Chief of Defence.

The job is traditionally rotated evenly between the army, navy and air force. This tradition has been abandoned in 2009. There is no fixed length of time associated with the position, the contract however currently has to be renewed every 5 years.[2]

List of Chiefs of Defence

Chief of Defence Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
Qvistgaard, Erhard Jörgen CarlAdmiral Erhard Jørgen Carl Qvistgaard1 October 195030 September 196211 years, 364 daysNavy
Ramberg, Kurt RudolphGeneral Kurt Rudolph Ramberg1 October 196230 November 197210 years, 60 daysAir force
Blixenkrone-Möller, OttoGeneral Otto Blixenkrone-Møller1 December 197230 April 19774 years, 150 daysArmy
Jörgensen, KnudGeneral Knud Jørgensen1 May 197730 September 19847 years, 152 daysAir force
Lind, Otto KatharusGeneral Otto K. Lind1 October 198430 November 19851 year, 60 daysArmy
Thiede, Sven EigilAdmiral Sven Eigil Thiede1 December 198531 October 19893 years, 334 daysNavy
Lyng, JörgenGeneral Jørgen Lyng1 November 198931 March 19966 years, 151 daysArmy
Garde, Hans JörgenAdmiral Hans Jørgen Garde
1 April 19963 August 1996 124 daysNavy
Hvidt, ChristianGeneral Christian Hvidt20 August 199630 September 20026 years, 41 daysAir force
Helsö, Hans JesperGeneral Hans Jesper Helsø1 October 200231 July 20085 years, 304 daysArmy
Jörgensen, Tim SlothAdmiral Tim Sloth Jørgensen1 August 20084 October 20091 year, 64 daysNavy
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General Bjørn Bisserup (Acting)5 October 200915 November 200941 daysArmy
Bartels, KnudGeneral Knud Bartels16 November 20092 January 20122 years, 47 daysArmy
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General Bjørn Bisserup (Acting)2 January 201220 March 201278 daysArmy
Bartram, PeterGeneral Peter Bartram
20 March 2012Incumbent4 years, 262 daysArmy
Bisserup, BjörnLieutenant General Bjørn Bisserup[6]10 January 2017[7]--Army


  1. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is the supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defence.
  2. Prince Henrik, Prince consort of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, holds this rank à la suite.


  1. "Defence Command Denmark". Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. /ritzau/ (10 November 2016). "Here is Denmark's New Chief of Defence". (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. Died in a plane crash.
  5. Therkildsen, Thomas Funding; Redder, Hans. "Here is the New Chief of Defence". (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  6. Therkildsen, Thomas Funding; Redder, Hans. "Here is the New Chief of Defence". (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  7. Ritzau. "Chief of Defence Stopping: I'm ready for a career change". tv2-dk (in Danish). TV2. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
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