Ove Rode (31 August 1867 – 11 July 1933) was a Danish politician, writer, newspaper editor and Minister of Interior Affairs for Det Radikale Venstre.

Ove Rode


As a young journalist, Rode was editor of his own newspaper, København, from 1889 until 1892. He was later hired at the newspaper Politiken, where he was political editor from 1905 to 1913.[1][2]

He first ran for member of the Folketing—a chamber of the Danish parliament, the Rigsdag—in 1897,[2] and he was a member of the Folketing from 1909 to 1927.[3]

In 1913, he became minister of interior affairs in the Cabinet of Zahle II, and being responsible for interior politics during World War I, he became a controversial figure.[3] With the August laws of 1914, he introduced an until then unseen government control of the supply and cost of a number of goods, intending to counteract the effects of the war.[4]

In 1927, he left politics and became editor-in-chief of Politiken, a position he held until 1933.[1]

He was a son of Margrethe Rode, and a brother of writer Helge Rode.[5]


  1. ^ a b Dam, Poul (1996). Hvem var minister (in Danish), 3rd edition. Aros, p. 138. ISBN 87-7003-553-9.
  2. ^ a b Møller, Vilhelm (1900). Rode, Ove (in Danish) in C. F. Bricka (ed.) Dansk biografisk leksikon, XIV. bind: Resen - Saxtrup, p. 141. Gyldendal: Copenhagen.
  3. ^ a b Skou, Kaare R. (2005). Dansk politik A-Å (in Danish). Aschehoug, pp. 582-83. ISBN 87-11-11652-8.
  4. ^ Skou, p. 106.
  5. ^ Iversen, Irene. "Margrethe Vullum". In Knut Helle (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Interior Affairs of Denmark
21 June 1913 – 30 March 1920
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Parliamentary group leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party
Succeeded by