Danmission is Denmark's oldest missionary organisation – our history dates back to 1821. The most important events in Danmission's history are listed below:



Danmission establishes work in Northern Iraq supporting Christians and other minorities fleeing the radical militant group Islamic State.


Danmission is approved as frame organisation by Danida (the Danish Foreign Ministry), which means that Danmission is in the national budget. Being a frame organisation means that some of Danmission’s programmes are funded directly by Danida.


Danmission is approved as partnership organisation by Danida, and is included in the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP).


The Danish organisation IKON, whose work focuses on religious dialogue, becomes part of Danmission.


Danmission begins working in Myanmar.


Danmission begins working in Lebanon, in the field of dialogue and conflict resolution, through a partnership with the local organisation Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue (FDCD).


Danmission establishes a partnership with the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS). CEOSS is one of Egypt’s biggest NGOs and is rooted in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt.


1. januar Danish Santal Mission merges with Det Danske Missionsselskab and becomes Danmission


Folkekirkens Tværkulturelle Samarbejde (FTS) is established as a collaboration between parishes in Hjallese Deanery and Skt. Knud Deanery in Odense Municipality. FTS is funded by the deaneries, by membership contributions from the parishes in the deaneries, as well as by project funds from Danmission. The mission of FTS is to “work among asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants with the intention of furthering a popular and religious integration across ethnic and religious differences”.


Danmission establishes a partnership with local churches in Asia to facilitate missionary exchanges between churches in Asia. The programme becomes known as the South-to-South programme.


Work in Mongolia is initiated, and Danish Danmission employees begin working in Mongolia. In 2008 the Mongolia programme is phased out.


Dansk Santalmission forms an alliance with World Concern to implement development projects in Cambodia. The alliance later merges into the International Cooperation of Cambodia (ICC).


Dansk Santalmission forms an alliance with the local organisation United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and begins working in Nepal. From 2008, this work is gradually phased out. UMN is a Christian international non-governmental organisation.


Dansk Santalmission engages in missionary work through the use of radio broadcasts in the Philippines. Work is done through cooperation with the international radio network the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC).


Det Danske Missionsselskab missionaries are posted to Egypt for the first time.


A social project targeting refugees and immigrants in Denmark is initiated with local parishes in Copenhagen (Vesterbro). The project is called Mødestedet (The Meeting Point) and offers social activities, counselling and language classes.


Working closely with the Sankt Joseph Sisters of Denmark, two Danish scout organisations (KFUM and KFUK) and Kirkefondet (a centre for immigrant women in Denmark) activities begin in Nørrebro, Copenhagen.


Dansk Santalmission begins working in Nepal and becomes part of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). Work in Nepal is gradually phased out from 2008.


Det Danske Missionsselskab (in January 2000 merges with Dansk Santalmission to become Danmission) begins working in Madagascar.


Østerlandsmissionen, Dansk Pathanmission and Teltmissionen (three Danish missionary organisations) are included in Det Danske Missionsselskab.


Political unrest, including several churches burnt to the ground, forces Danish staff to leave Aden, Yemen. Staff are instead sent initially to Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait, and later to Iran, Syria and Lebanon.


Det Danske Missionsselskab sends its first Danish missionaries to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Japan. In 1998 work in Japan is phased out due to financial reasons.


The Chinese Revolution forces Det Danske Missionsselskab to move its missionaries from China to Taiwan.


The Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (NELC) is founded in Northeastern India as a result of missionary work done previously in the area by Dansk Santalmission.


Det Danske Missionsselskab begins working in Northwestern Tanzania.


Dansk Kirke-Mission, founded in Arabia in 1898, merges with Det Danske Missionsselskab. Dansk Kirke-Mission is a protestant mission to Arabia.


The Danish part of the Breklum Mission, founded in 1876, merges with Det Danske Missionsselskab.


Dansk Santalmission begins working with Bengalis in India. After the partition of India, the work of Dansk Santalmission continues in current day Bangladesh as well as in current day India. The Bangladesh Lutheran Church (BLC) becomes an independent church in 1979.


Det Danske Missionsselskab celebrates its 100th anniversary. At this point Det Danske Missionsselskab consists of 100 missionaries, 400 Indian and Chinese mission workers, 99 schools, 3 hospitals and 1,683 supporter groups in Denmark.


Det Danske Missionsselskab's new Danish headquarters, are opened in Hellerup, near Copenhagen.


Østerlandsmissionen begins working in Syria.


Det Danske Missionsselskab's missionary work starts in Peshawar, Northwestern Pakistan.


Det Danske Missionsselskab posts missionaries in China for the first time.


Dansk Santalmission posts two missionaries in India (with an Indian tribe).


The Dane H.P Børresen (1825 -1901) and the Norwegian Lars Olsen Skrefsrud (1840 -1910) carry out missionary work among the Santal tribe of Northeastern India.


Det Danske Missionsselskab posts its first two missionaries in India.


Det Danske Missionsselskab begins its missionary work in Tamil Nadu, Southern India.


Det Danske Missionsselskab establishes a missionary school in Copenhagen, Denmark. The missionary school closes in 1910.


Pastor Daniel Hass and Kristen Kold travel to Christian areas in Little Asia supported by Det Danske Missionsselskab. The purpose of their travels is to carry out missionary work.


Det Danske Missionsselskab asks the Danish King for permission to establish missionary work in Frederiksnagore (Serampore, near Calcutta), which at the time was a Danish colony. The king denies them permission. The King prefers British Baptists to do the work in the area.


The Danish priest Bone Falch Rønne (1734 - 1833) establishes Det Danske Missionsselskab. From 1821 to 1863, Det Danske Missionsselskab supports various missionaries abroad.