Helle Thorning-Schmidt

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
3 October 2011 – 28 June 2015
Monarch Margrethe II
Deputy Margrethe Vestager
Preceded by Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Succeeded by Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Personal details
Born (1966-12-14)December 14, 1966
Rødovre, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Political party Social Democrats
Spouse(s) Stephen Kinnock (1996–present)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater University of Copenhagen
College of Europe

Helle Thorning-Schmidt (born 14 December 1966) is a Danish politician. She is the leader of the Danish Social Democrats and is the first female Prime Minister of Denmark.[1] She left the government in 2015.

Early life and education[change | change 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[2] and she grew up in the Copenhagen suburb of Ishøj.

As Prime Minister[change | change source]

She was elected to Prime Minister of Denmark on 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.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

She is married to Stephen Kinnock, only son of British politician Neil Kinnock.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Danes vote for their first female prime minister". The Guardian.com. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  2. "Profil: Helle Thorning-Schmidt – VG Nett om Danmark". Vg.no. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. Marie Hjortdal. "Løkke går af – nu begynder spillet om magten" (in (Danish)). Politiken.dk. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 

Other websites[change | change source]

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