Danish Canadians
Total population
203,080 (by ancestry, 2011 Census) [1]
0.7% of Canada's population
Regions with significant populations
Western Canada · Ontario

English · French · Danish



Related ethnic groups

Danes · Greenlanders · Danish Americans

Danish Canadians (Danish: Dansk-canadiere) are Canadian citizens of Danish ancestry. According to the 2006 Census, there were 200,035 Canadians with Danish background,[2] 17,650 of whom were born in Denmark.[3]

Canada became an important destination for the Danes during the post-war period. At one point, a Canadian immigration office was to be set up in Copenhagen.[4] While most of the post-war immigrants settled in large cities, Danish-Canadian communities can be found in all of Canada's ten provinces. The oldest Danish community in Canada is New Denmark, New Brunswick, first inhabited by Danish immigrants in 1872.


Notable Danish Canadians[]

  • Earl W. Bascom - rodeo pioneer, artist, inventor, actor, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame inductee
  • Karen Bulow - textile artist
  • Erik Christensen - NHL player from the New York Rangers
  • Hayden Christensen - actor (Danish paternal grandparents)
  • Scott Frandsen - Olympic athlete
  • Ann Hansen - anarchist
  • Glenna Hansen - Inuvialuit politician
  • Rick Hansen - paraplegic athlete
  • Valdy - Valdemar Horsdal - Singer/Songwriter
  • Carly Rae Jepsen - pop singer
  • K.V. Johansen - writer
  • Rasmus Lerdorf - programmer
  • Erik Nielsen - Deputy Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1986
  • Leslie Nielsen - actor and comedian (Danish father)
  • Robert Nielsen - journalist
  • Alf Erling Porsild - botanist
  • Jackson Santana - actor
  • Lauren Southern - political activist (Danish father)

See also[]


  1. ^ [1] Statistics Canada, Census 2006 - Selected Ethnic Origins1, for Canada, Provinces and Territories - 20% Sample Data
  2. ^ Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada Highlight Tables, 2006 Census
  3. ^ Immigrant Status and Period of Immigration (8) and Place of Birth (261) for the Immigrants and Non-permanent Residents of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan A...
  4. ^ Bender, Henning. Danish emigration to Canada