Klaus Berntsen

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Klaus Berntsen
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Council President of Denmark
In office
July 5, 1910 – June 21, 1913
MonarchFrederick VIII
Christian X
Preceded byCarl Theodor Zahle
Succeeded byCarl Theodor Zahle
Personal details
Born(1844-06-12)June 12, 1844
DiedMarch 27, 1927(1927-03-27) (aged 82)
Political partyVenstre

Klaus Berntsen (12 June 1844 – 27 March 1927) was a Danish politician, representing the Liberal party, Venstre. He was Council President of Denmark from 5 July 1910 to 21 June 1913 as the leader of the Cabinet of Klaus Berntsen. From 5 May 1920 to 9 October 1922 he served as Defence Minister.


He was born on 12 June 1844. He was the father of Aage Berntsen and Oluf Berntsen.

Very early he took part in politics as a quick-witted and popular agitator but belonging to the Moderate Venstre he was for many years without much political influence. After the beginning reunion of the old Venstre groups he played a greater role as a minister that led to the forming of his own cabinet. He was a personal friend of King Frederick VIII and enjoyed the king's support but his government was accused of lacking social understanding. 1913 he proposed the revision of the Constitution that was carried through by the second Zahle Cabinet. When he retired from politics in 1926 he was one of the oldest Danish active parliamentarian politicians ever.

As a member of the Folketing 1873-1884 and again 1886-1926 he remains the longest-serving member of the Danish Parliament and the only member for over 50 years.[1]

He died on 27 March 1927.


  1. ^ "Tal og fakta om Folketinget". Folketinget (in Danish). Retrieved 23 November 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
Political offices
Preceded by Interior Minister of Denmark
October 12, 1908 – October 28, 1909
Succeeded by
Preceded by Council President of Denmark
July 5, 1910 – June 21, 1913
Succeeded by
Preceded by Defence Minister of Denmark
July 5, 1910 – June 21, 1913
Succeeded by
Preceded by Defence Minister of Denmark
May 5, 1920 – October 9, 1922
Succeeded by