|14 December 1966|
|Prime Minister of Denmark|
3 October 2011
|Preceded by||Lars Løkke Rasmussen|
|Born||December 14, 1966
|Political party||Social Democrats|
|Spouse(s)||Stephen Kinnock (1996–present)|
|Alma mater||University of Copenhagen
College of Europe
Early life and education[change | edit source]
Helle Thorning-Schmidt was born in Rødovre to Holger Thorning-Schmidt and his wife Grete. Thorning-Schmidt's father was a lecturer in mathematics and national economics at the University of Copenhagen. Her parents were both politically conservative and she grew up in the Copenhagen suburb of Ishøj.
As Prime Minister[change | edit source]
She was elected to Prime Minister of Denmark at September 15 2011, and her government took over at October 3 2011, from the liberal Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
She formed the government with the Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre) and the Socialist People's Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti). Together they had 77 seats, and with the support of their parliamentary basis, Unity (Enhedslisten), obtain the 89 seats. Furthermore, she has the support of the North Atlantic - two seats from Greenland and one from the Faroe Islands.
Personal life[change | edit source]
She is married to Stephen Kinnock, only son of British politician Neil Kinnock.
References[change | edit source]
- "Danes vote for their first female prime minister". The Guardian.com. 15 September 2011. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/sep/15/danes-female-prime-minister-helle-thorning-schmidt. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- "Profil: Helle Thorning-Schmidt – VG Nett om Danmark". Vg.no. http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10010163. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Marie Hjortdal. "Løkke går af – nu begynder spillet om magten" (in (Danish)). Politiken.dk. http://politiken.dk/politik/ECE1394823/loekke-gaar-af---nu-begynder-spillet-om-magten/. Retrieved 2011-09-16.