Hans Christian Poul Hansen (27 February 1913 – 13 August 1966), simply known as Poul Hansen, was a Danish politician, who served as Defence Minister of Denmark from 1956 to 1962 and Danish Minister of Finance from 1962 to 1965. He represented the Social Democrats in the Folketinget parliament for 21 years.

Born in Copenhagen, from 1937 to 1942, Hansen served as chairman of the Social Democratic Youth of Denmark, and he later worked as a journalist for a Social Democratic newspaper.[1] In 1945, he was elected to the Danish Folketinget parliament.[1] Hansen was named Defence Minister by Prime Minister of Denmark H. C. Hansen on 25 May 1956, replacing Rasmus Hansen.[2] In the subsequent governments of Viggo Kampmann and Jens Otto Krag, Poul Hansen retained this position. On 15 November 1962, Hansen moved from his position as Defence Minister to replace the recently deceased Hans R. Knudsen as Minister of Finance.[3] As Jens Otto Krag did not have a Danish Minister of Economic Affairs ready for his newly elected government on 26 September 1964, Hansen served as interim Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs both for two weeks, until Henry Grünbaum was named permanent Minister of Economic Affairs on 8 October 1964.[4]

Ministerial positionsEdit

Hansen was named minister in several cabinets from 1956 to 1965:


  1. ^ a b Poul Hansen at Gyldendals åbne encyklopædi
  2. ^ (in Danish) Cabinet of H.C. Hansen I, The Prime Minister's Office
  3. ^ (in Danish) Cabinet of Jens Otto Krag I, The Prime Minister's Office
  4. ^ (in Danish) Det Økonomiske Råd i 1962 og Helhedsløsningen i 1963 Archived 2011-08-23 at the Wayback Machine, Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs
Political offices
Preceded by
Rasmus Hansen
Defence Minister of Denmark
25 May 1956 – 15 November 1962
Succeeded by
Victor Gram
Preceded by
Hans R. Knudsen
Finance Minister of Denmark
15 November 1962 – 24 August 1965
Succeeded by
Henry Grünbaum