Residence

Rydhave seen from the garden at the 2016 Independence Day celebrations. Photo: State Dept.
Rydhave seen from the garden at the 2016 Independence Day celebrations. Photo: State Dept.

“Rydhave”, the residence of the United States’ Ambassador to Denmark, stands out among the grand villas in the neighborhood of Skovshoved, a few miles north of Copenhagen along the scenic coastal road, Strandvejen. Perched on a high hill, overlooking the narrow strait Øresund, separating Denmark from Sweden, its stately white walls and steep slate roofs create a striking ensemble, further enhanced by the extensive grounds that frame the mansion.

Inside the house guests are greeted by a series of large, elegant reception rooms, comfortably furnished and adorned with numerous examples of American artwork — creating the perfect environment in which to consider the New World point of view.

Rydhave seen from the street on a windy summer day. Photo: State Dept.
Rydhave seen from the street on a windy summer day. Photo: State Dept.

Over the years, each Ambassador has brought his or her own life style, notions of comfort and privacy to the residence. In this they have reflected the tastes and appearances of the last five decades of Danish-American friendship.