Danes in the Desert is a directory and resource for all things Danish in the Sonoran deserts of Southern Arizona.
To find out more about Danes in the Desert contact Mia Hansen 520-370-0588 or


DUT: Danmark-USA- Tucson
DUT er en gruppe af primært dansktalende personer, samt personer af dansk afstamning som har interesse i danske traditioner. Vi mødes med jævne mellemrum til spisning og afholder udover dette filmsammenkomster hvor vi ser danske film (med engelske undertekster) og hygger. Er du dansker og opholder dig i Arizona vil vi gerne høre fra dig. Kontakt venligst Michael Sondergaard – or 520-609-6160

The Danish Club of Tucson  is a non-profit club dedicated to celebrating Danish-American heritage, culture and food. Information can be found on their website or Facebook page Contact: David Asher, President at

Danish Club of Phoenix celebrates Danish-American traditions of Julefest, Smorrebrods Fest and more. Contact Grethe Jepsen at (480) 398-6111 or email:

NEW IN 2015:
Danes in Arizona is a new centralized resource for all things Danish in Arizona. Contact information on their website.

Danish American Chamber of Commerce Arizona announces its inaugural event:
Thursday October 22nd 6:00pm at Copenhagen Living 1701 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact: Torben Riis




After reshuffling three positions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Denmark has now appointed the new Ambassador to the United States. On March 24th 2015 it was announced that the Danish Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Advisor, Lars Gert Lose (pictured on left), is replacing Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen,  (pictured on right) who is being transferred to New Delhi, India.

In October last year the Danish Foreign Ministry appointed Denmark’s ambassador to the EU, Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, as the replacement for Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen, who has been Denmark’s ambassador to the U.S. since September 2010. However, when Tranholm-Mikkelsen accepted the position as the next secretary-general of the EU Council of Ministers on March 19th, the Foreign Ministry had to look for a new suitable candidate. The Foreign Ministry decided to rearrange three positions and, besides the U.S., two new ambassadors were appointed in Ghana and Croatia. Head of Department for Technical Advisory Services (TAS) to the MFA, Tove Degnbol, will be the new ambassador to Ghana and Anders Christian Hougaard, now the ambassador to Iran, will take over the position as ambassador to Croatia. The redeployments are expected to come into action on August 15th 2015 (July 1st for Ghana).

Lars Gert Lose has a long carrier within the Danish Foreign Ministry. He started his carrier in 1997 by becoming Head of the EU Coordination Office. Since then, he has possessed a range of high-level positions within the MFA: such as Private Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller (2004-2008); Head of the Foreign Minister’s Office (2008-2011) and, most recently, as Permanent Under-Secretary of State, where he served as Chief Adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Lars Gert Lose is 45 years old and has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Aarhus University.



John Larsen

The Danish Consulate of Arizona & New Mexico
Honorary Consul John Larsen serves the region providing consular services and support for Danes living in or visiting Arizona and New Mexico. The Consulate website features links to other Danish-American clubs and sites.

Originally from Denmark, John now makes his home in Scottsdale with his wife Jilliann.They have twin sons, Gunner and Tanner and daughter Rochelle.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Denmark’s Aarhus School of Marine Engineering in 1990. John Larsen is a Certified Financial Planner and Senior Vice President of Investments at Raymond James in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Danish-Owned Businesses in Tucson & southern Arizona
Are you one of them? Contact Danes in the Desert to list your business:

Room of Rugs
Mona’s Danish Bakery
Kristensen Woodworking & Design
MAST Tucson

Copenhagen Tucson
Visit Copenhagen Interior’s locations in Tucson, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, San Antonio and El Paso Copenhagen Chair