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Our history

Vikan was founded in 1898 by A. P. Pedersen, who was raised just a few kilometres from our present headquarters here in Denmark. As part of a farming family who consumed the fruits of their own labour round the table after work, Pedersen had an instinctive awareness about the importance and value of hygiene.

Over the subsequent decades, Vikan grew, went international and moved into exciting new business areas. But hygienic cleaning in the food and beverages industry has always remained our core focus.

The Vissing Foundation

Vikan is 90% owned by the Vissing Foundation,
a non-profit charitable family foundation.

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(in Danish only):

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Based in Denmark

Based in Denmark

Vissing Fonden Diabetes and Cancer Research

Diabetes and Cancer Research

Blog posts

The Vissing Foundation

Jette Søndergaard Bovbjerg - Executive Assistant

Vissing Foundation

Vikan is majority owned by the Vissing Foundation, a charitable organization that supports scientific research into diabetes and cancer.

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The story behind the name - blog post

Lotte Jensen - Marketing Manager

Vikan - the story behind the name

What’s in a name? Plenty, but to understand Vikan’s name, you have to know a little Danish. Find out how we went from being “Skive Børstefabrik” to “Vikan” – and what both names really mean.

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