The DKUK’s sole purpose is to further trade, friendship and cultural links between the UK and Denmark

We are a ‘forening’ a Danish word that best translates as Association or Fellowship – meaning the more you put in the more you get out. Whether that’s attendance at our varied business, social, sporting or cultural events, furthering connections within the network or simply using our website to interact over the latest news, offers and updates, we’re about what works for you.


History

Founded in January 2018, building on a legacy started in 1863

Created through a merger of the Danish Club in London and The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, the Danish-UK Association is a vibrant and flourishing space for all things business, social and cultural between the UK and Denmark.


The Danish Club in London was founded on 12thDecember 1863 and has an impressive history as the oldest foreign club in London and the oldest Danish Club outside Denmark. The Club was granted Royal Patronage by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark who has visited the Club on several occasions.

The Club's first members originally met at the Morland Hotel in Soho. In 1918 the Club secured its own premises in Albany Courtyard, but moved to 62 Knightsbridge in 1922. This remained the Club's address until 1998 when the lease expired. In the following years the Club has been resident at various clubs, including The Arts Club, The St. Stephens Club, The Naval Club and at Club Quarters by Trafalgar Square.

The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce was founded on 23rdAugust 1989 by prominent business people and the then Danish Ambassador in London and was set up to enhance the Anglo-Danish marketplace through networking.

Over the years many prominent people have visited the 2 organisations, including fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, the poet Holger Drachman, the literary critic Georg Brandes, the opera singer Lauritz Melchior, the scientist Niels Bohr, Prime Minister Clement Attlee, many Danish Prime Ministers, politicians, industrialists, and a number of members of the Royal family.

We were two independent organisations with different offerings, but also with a great deal of overlap. Rather than competing, we agreed to pool our resources, creating even more value in those common areas, and using the strengths we jointly represented to expand even further. In 2017, at two separate Extra Ordinary General meetings, the respective members of the two organisation voted unanimously in favour of the merger.

The new organisation was created 22ndDecember 2017, FORENINGEN KONGERIGET DANMARK & DET FORENEDE KONGERIGE, THE DANISH CLUB, THE DANISH-UK ASSOCIATION – commonly known as The Danish-UK Association or DKUK.

Translated into English this rather long name is The Association of the Kingdom of Denmark and the United Kingdom, wanting to recognise all interests and networks from these Kingdoms including autonomous constituents like The Faroe Islands and Greenland.

DKUK is a “forening” – a Danish word best translated as an association/fellowship – owned and driven by the members, underpinned by a full-time secretariat supporting its volunteers. The purpose of the new set-up is to be the lynchpin for business and trade as well as for the cultural and social relations of the UK-Danish community in the UK, and to continuously develop these relations for the benefit of the membership. In other words – make the pie bigger, for the benefit of all, private as well as corporate members.

We are delighted that HM Queen Magrethe II of Denmark has agreed to be the patron of the new organisation.

Premier members
Testimonials

As always Gunnar is the perfect gentleman. He is knowledgable and helpful. He is very aware of market trends and a great resource. Once again Gunnar and the team thank you for your help and support!

David Franks

Organisational structure

A structure has been setup embracing our range of memberships and interests. Governed by a Board of Directors representing broad aspects of the membership, the Association employs an experienced team who undertake the daily operation and, in the true spirit of the Danish word “forening”, liaise and engage the membership in a varied programme of activities.

An Advisory Board with appointees from the Premier Membership has been established, their purpose is to support the Board of Directors and the operations team in ensuring the  current and future prosperity of the Association.

Niels Ladefoged (Chairman)

Louis Wheeler (Vice Chairman)

Gunnar P. Larsen (Managing Director)

Ulrik Walther (Treasurer)

Mads Birkeland

Mette Diego-Roll

Conny Kalcher

Rene Falch Olesen

Jens-Anders Stenled Palmqvist

Marcus J Postings

Preben Vestdam

Carlsberg

Danfoss

Danske Bank

DFDS Seaways

DSV

Ebl Miller Rosenfalck

Ecco

G4S

Georg Jensen

Kromann Reumert

Ladefoged Business Services

LEGO

Møller Institute and The Møller Centre, The

Neas Energy

Nordea

Novo Nordisk

Rockwool

Scandinavian Airlines

SEB

Zendesk

Ørsted

Gunnar P. Larsen

Deanne Lintorn

Mads Prangsgaard

Emma Lind

-The Danish-UK Association Ltd
-Foreningen Kongeriget Danmark &
 Det Forende Kongerige
-The Danish Club
-The Danish-UK Association Ltd

55 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SR

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