Danmarks Nationalbank

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Danmarks Nationalbank
DanmarksNationalbank logo.png

Danmarks Nationalbank.jpg
HeadquartersHavnegade 5, Copenhagen
Established1 August 1818; 204 years ago (1818-08-01)
Ownership100% state ownership[1]
Royal DirectorLars Rohde
Central bank ofThe Kingdom of Denmark
CurrencyDanish krone
DKK (ISO 4217)
WebsiteOfficial Website

Danmarks Nationalbank (in Danish often simply Nationalbanken) is the central bank of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is a non-eurozone member of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). Since its establishment in 1818, the objective of the Nationalbank as an independent and credible institution is to issue the Danish currency, the krone, and ensure its stability. The Board of Governors holds full responsibility for the monetary policy.[3]

The building which houses the bank's headquarters was designed by the renowned architect Arne Jacobsen, in collaboration with Hans Dissing and Otto Weitling. After Jacobsen's death, his office, renamed Dissing+Weitling, brought the building to completion.

Danmarks Nationalbank undertakes all functions related to the management of the Danish central-government debt. The division of responsibility is set out in an agreement between the Ministry of Finance of Denmark and Danmarks Nationalbank.

Danish and Faroese banknotes were previously printed at Danmarks Nationalbank's Banknote Printing Works.[4] This practice came to an end 20 December 2016, after which the printing of banknotes has been outsourced due to a reduced demand for cash,[5] and cut in expenses of 100 million kroner until 2020.[6]


The bank was established on 1 August 1818 by King Frederick VI of Denmark. The private bank was given a 90-year monopoly on currency issue, which was extended in 1907 out to 1938. In 1914, the National Bank became the sole banker for the Danish government. The bank became fully independent of the government in 1936.

Board of Governors[edit]

The National Bank's first home next to Børsen on Slotsholmen, c. 1850.
J.D. Herholdt's building from 1866–70 in c. 1899.

The Board of Governors consists of three members. The Chairman of the Board of Governors is Governor by Royal Appointment. The two other Governors are appointed by the Board of Directors.

List of Royal Governors


The official logo of the bank is a nineteenth-century version of Denmark's coat of arms showing the insignia of Denmark, Schleswig, and Holstein. The two latter provinces were lost in the 1864 Second War of Schleswig, and the bank is the only official Danish institution still using this insignia. Since the late 19th century, coins minted by the bank carry a heart-shaped mint mark. Before this time, the Mint used a mark showing the royal crown.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weidner, Jan (2017). "The Organisation and Structure of Central Banks" (PDF). Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek.
  3. ^ The National Bank of Denmark Act, 1936 - Fraser: Federal Reserve of St. Louis. Access date: 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Facts about the banknotes". Danmarks Nationalbank. Archived from the original on 16 March 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  5. ^ Barsøe, Frederik (20 December 2016). "Today Ends a 1000 Year Old Tradition". bt.dk (in Danish). Berlingske Media. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  6. ^ Ulrik Horn (20 October 2014). "Nationalbanken lukker og slukker for seddelpressen" (in Danish). Dagbladet Børsen. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Hugo Frey Jensen - Danmarks Nationalbank". Nationalbanken.dk. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Per Callesen – Danmarks Nationalbank". Nationalbanken.dk. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Lars Rohde - Danmarks Nationalbank". Nationalbanken.dk. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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