By the 1870s, Carlsberg had become a very successful brewery and the founder, JC Jacobsen, wanted to share his success with his country. In 1876, he used substantial amounts of the brewery’s capital to create the Carlsberg Foundation.

The Foundation’s aim was to manage the Carlsberg Laboratory and to support Danish scientific research within the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, philosophy, the humanities and social sciences. It was run by five Trustees elected by and from the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. 

As a result of the conflict with his son Carl, JC Jacobsen left his brewery to the Foundation when he died in 1887. It also took ownership of Carl Jacobsen’s New Carlsberg Brewery in 1902. 

The Foundation must hold at least 51% of the votes and more than 25% of the share capital. The Trustees sit on the Carlsberg Board of Directors and the Foundation’s chairman is chairman of Carlsberg.

 

The Carlsberg Laboratory
Carlsberg was one of the first breweries to set up its own research laboratory and its discoveries revolutionised the brewing industry across the world. Read more... 

Frederiksborg Castle Museum of National History
In 1878, The Carlsberg Foundation funded the rebuilding of Frederiksborg Castle and established the Danish Museum of National History. Read more...

 

The Foundation's projects

Dating the Greenland Ice Core
The Carlsberg Foundation has enabled ice core researchers to produce a ‘time template’ on climate variations stretching back 62,000 years.
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Uncovering the Iron-Age in Northern Europe
The Carlsberg Foundation is working with the Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus to uncover the secrets of the Iron-Age and the Roman Empire.
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Discovering the Secrets of Molecular Diversity
At the University of Copenhagen, the Carlsberg Foundation is funding early stage research into the newly-identified micro RNA gene family which appears to play a key role in bio-diversity. Read more...

Creating Dictionaries on the Web
The Society for Danish Language and Literature has created a comprehensive web-based information system for the Danish language, with the support of the Carlsberg Foundation. Read more...

Putting Carlsberg on the Map
Scientific expeditions sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation have spread the name of Carlsberg around the world. Read more...