Danmarks Nationalbank

Danmarks Nationalbank


Headquarters Havnegade 5, Copenhagen
Established 1 August 1818 (1818-08-01)
Royal Director Lars Rohde
Central bank of The Kingdom of Denmark
Currency Danish krone
DKK (ISO 4217)
Reserves 479,065,000,000DKK[1]
Website Official Website

Danmarks Nationalbank (English: Danish National Bank; 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, 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.[2]

The building which houses the bank's headquarters was designed by the renowned architect Arne Jacobsen, in collaboration with da:Hans Dissing and da:Otto Weitling. After Jacobsen's death, his office, renamed Dissing+Weitling, has brought the construction 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 are printed at Danmarks Nationalbank's Banknote Printing Works.[3] This will end during 2016, when the printing of banknotes will be outsourced due to less demand for cash, and cut in expenses of 100 million kroner until 2020.[4]


The old building in 1899.

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

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


  2. The National Bank of Denmark Act, 1936 - Fraser: Federal Reserve of St. Louis. Access date: 12 July 2012.
  3. "Facts about the banknotes". Danmarks Nationalbank. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  4. Ulrik Horn (20 October 2014). "Nationalbanken lukker og slukker for seddelpressen" (in Danish). Dagbladet Børsen. Retrieved 10 March 2016.

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