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Denmark's Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Ulrik Federspiel

After his military service in the Royal Danish Navy in Greenland, Ulrik Federspiel was educated at the University of Aarhus where he graduated in political science and at the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia where he received the John Boyer Memorial Scholarship and earned his Master's degree in international relations.

In 1971, Ulrik Federspiel joined the Danish Foreign Service assigned to EC-matters. He was posted in London in 1977 as First Secretary for political affairs. In 1981, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen. In 1984, he became Deputy Chief of Mission at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

In 1989, he returned to Denmark to work with the Foreign Minister and a Foreign Service Commission in reorganizing the Ministry. Upon completion of the reorganization in 1991, the government appointed Mr. Federspiel Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Secretary of State) and in 1993, the Prime Minister appointed him his Chief of Staff that included serving as Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen in the Council of Ministers. He served as chairman of various Government committees, including the EU-Summit Committee.

In 1997, Ulrik Federspiel became Ambassador to Ireland and in 2000 Ambassador to the United States of America.

In addition to his diplomatic and governmental careers, Ambassador Federspiel has continued his academic endeavors. He has been a senior lecturer and censor at the University of Copenhagen, visiting lecturer at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., a member of the Governing Board of the University of Copenhagen and the Board of the Danish-American Foundation, co-editor of the yearbook of the Danish Foreign Policy Institute and of the Yearbook of the Danish Court and Government. He is the author of a book on the Danish European Union debate and several articles and is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy. Since 1997 he has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Humanity in Action, a student exchange program and since 2001 he has been an Honorary Trustee of the Crown Prince Frederik Fund at Harvard University.

Ulrik Federspiel was born in Copenhagen in 1943 and brought up in an international home. His father Per Federspiel was a Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament, President of the Council of Europe and Member of the European Parliament. After the Second World War, Per Federspiel was awarded the American Medal of Freedom and an honorary Knighthood; Commander of the British Empire.

Ulrik Federspiel has been married to Birgitte Hartnack Federspiel since 1971. She is a Doctor of Medicine and a Pathologist and served as a consultant and lecturer at the Pathology Department, University Hospital at Herlev, Copenhagen. She is now a Visiting Scientist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. She spent nine years of her childhood in the US when her father was a professor of Philosophy at various universities.

Ulrik Federspiel is a member of the Honorary Roll of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry and a recipient of the Honorary Placquette of the Veterans of the Danish World War II Resistance Fighters.
He has received the following decorations:

Commander of 1st Degree of the Order of the Dannebrog
Memorial Medal of Queen Ingrid
Grand Cross of: Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway and Portugal.

Edited March 2, 2005

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