Demmus Hentze

Demmus Hentze (4 December 1923 – 3 January 2016) was a Faroese politician and lawyer. He served as the Finance Minister of the Faroe Islands from 1975 to 1981.

Demmus Hentze
Finance Minister of the Faroe Islands
In office
11 January 1975 – 5 January 1981
Prime MinisterAtli Dam
Preceded byPeter F. Christiansen
Succeeded byTórbjørn Poulsen
Personal details
Born4 December 1923
Sandur, Faroe Islands
Died3 January 2016(2016-01-03) (aged 92)
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

A native of Sandoy, he went to Tórshavn to attend the Preliminer School and after that he continued school at the newly established High School (Føroya Studentaskeið) where he finished in 1942. During the World War 2 the Faroe Islands were occupied by the UK and Denmark was occupied by Germany and therefore it was not possible to travel between the two countries during the war. Hentze had to wait until the war was over before he could move to Denmark to study law.[1] He graduated from University of Copenhagen with a cand jur. degree in 1952, he was a lawyer who was entitled to plead before the "landsret" (the Danish High Court). He had his own law firm, Advokatskrivstovan Hentze from 1981–2010.[2] He established the firm together with his daughter Turið Debes Hentze.

Hentze represented his hometown in the Løgting twice, from 1966 to 1974, then 1978 to 1980. A member of the People's Party, Hentze served as Finance Minister from 1975 to 1981.

He died on 3 January 2016, in Tórshavn.[2]


Demmus Hentze came from Uttastovu í Trøðum, Sandur, the son of farmer Johan Petur Hentze and Sunneva, born Clementsen, from Húsavík. He was the seventh of nine children. He was married to Helena, born Debes, she was the daughter of Sámal Debes av Bakka (in Tórshavn) and Annu Djurhuus from Kollafjørður. They had three daughters, Turið Debes Hentze, a lawyer,[3] Bergljót Debes Hentze, an employee of the Kringvarp Føroya and Anna Debes Henze, who is psychologist.[2]


  1. ^ Niclasen, Jørgen. "Minningarorð: Demmus Hentze, løgtings- og landstýrismaður, farin" (in Faroese). Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Lindenskov, Eirikur (4 January 2016). "Demmus Hentze farin" (in Faroese). (Sosialurin). Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Starvsfólk" (in Faroese). Advokatarnir Hentze. Retrieved 26 January 2016.