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Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhɛlə ˈtoɐ̯neŋ ˈsmed])

Helle Thorning-Schmidt (born 14 December 1966) is a Danish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Denmark since 3 October 2011 and the Leader of the Social Democrats since 12 April 2005. She is the first woman to hold either post.

Education

  • At those times Denmark had a quota administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of one student at this prestigious institution, and Helle Thorning-Schmidt was selected to study there.

Career

  • Thorning-Schmidt was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the Party of European Socialists. During the five-year term in this institution, she co-founded the Campaign for Parliament Reform (CPR). As the leader of Social Democrats, she was against holding a referendum on the European Reform Treaty, Known as the Treaty of Lisbon. During her 2007 campaign she promised to relax restrictions on asylum seekers and immigrants, opposed tax cuts, instead stating she would like to see more funding for welfare. The party also campaigned on a platform of combating increased inequalities in society, and fighting global warming by supplying 45% of Denmark's energy from renewable sources by 2025. In the 2011 parliamentary election, she was re-elected to parliament. As the Prime Minister, Thorning-Schmidt presided over the successful conclusion of NATO's strike missions in Libya, to which Denmark was a contributor, less than three weeks after taking office. During the first year in office her government has rolled back anti-immigration legislation enacted by the previous government, and passed a tax-reform with support from the liberal-conservative opposition. The tax reform raised the top tax threshold, effectively lowering tax rates for high income earners. The stated goal is to entice Danes to work more in order to compensate for the decreasing workforce, by lowering tax on wages and gradually lowering welfare payments to those outside of the labour market to increase the economic benefit of working relative to receiving welfare.

Politics

She became a social democrat during her studies in Belgium and joined the Social Democratic Party in 1993. On 12 April, 2005 she was elected the leader of Social Democrats, ahead of the other candidate, Frank Jensen. She led her party in the 2007 election, in which it suffered modest losses and was forced into a third term in opposition. The party was also unable to regain its position as the largest party in the Folketing. Although her party again lost two seats in the 2007 election reducing the total to 45 seats, her leadership was not questioned by her party. After these election campaign Helle Thorning-Schmidt started working towards forming a centre-left government coalition consisting of the Socialist People's Party and the Social Liberal Party with parliamentary support from the small Red-Green Alliance. As the leader of the largest opposition party in Denmark, she has been described by the media as the leader of the Danish opposition. During 2011 parliamentary elections her four-party bloc gained a majority of 89 seats in the 179-seat parliament against 86 for the sitting Prime Minister and his center-right parliamentary supporters, thus making Helle Thorning-Schmidt the country's first female Prime Minister.

Party affiliation: Social Democratic Party

Religion

Denomination: Lutheran

Connections

Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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Born December 14, 1966
(age 50)
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  • 1985
    Ishøj Gymnasium
  • 1994
    University of Copenhagen
  • 1992 - 1993
    College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium)
  • 1994 - 1997
    Leader of the Secretariat, Danish delegation of Social Democrats in the European Parliament
    Brussels, Belgium
  • 1997 - 1999
    International consultant , Danish Confederation of Trade Unions
    Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
  • July 10, 1999 - July 13, 2004
    Member of the Employment and Social Committee, substitute on the Constitutional Committee, European Parliament for Danish Social Democrats
    Belgium, Brussels
  • February 8, 2005
    Member, Folketing (Danish Parliament)
    Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
  • April 12, 2005
    Leader, Social Democrats (party)
    Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
  • October 3, 2011
    Prime Minister, Goverment of Denmark
    Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
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Anastasia Smirnova last changed 06/12/2012 view changes
  • Religions
    • Church of Denmark (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark)
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