Ambassador Claus Grube, one of Denmark’s most experienced diplomats notably in EU matters, is the Danish Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Claus Grube took up his new position as Ambassador to the Court of St James on 1 October 2013. Since then, his home has been the Ambassador’s Residence in the Arne Jacobsen-designed embassy building in Sloane Street.
“Denmark and the United Kingdom have always had close relations. I am looking forward to working with our British partners to strengthen our relations in all areas and I hope I can contribute to an ever closer co-operation between our countries and our peoples”, said Claus Grube upon his appointment.
Ambassador Claus Grube at the Ambassador's Residence. Foto: Liv Hansen
Before taking up the position in London Claus Grube was Permanent Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. In this capacity he has been in charge of a major restructuring and modernisation of the Ministry, which employs 1350 people in more than 80 countries across the world.
Claus Grube has an extensive career within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he has held several senior positions. He graduated in Law from Copenhagen University in 1976. After a short stint in the Ministry of Justice he entered the Danish Foreign Service in 1977.
He became Secretary of Embassy at the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the EC in 1979 and for many years Denmark’s relations to the EC – and later on the EU – was at the heart of Claus Grube’s work.
As Under-Secretary of the North Group in the late 1990s, he was involved in the process of the EU-enlargement and the relation to the post-communist states in Central and Eastern Europe. From 2003 to 2009 he was the Danish Ambassador to the EU in Brussels.
Claus Grube, 65, is married to Susanne Fournais Grube and together they have five children.