Marienborg, Lyngby, Copenhagen -Denamrk , 08 March 2015_Ms:mette Frederiksen social democrat and minister for justice arrives at lunch hosts by Ms. Helle Thornin-Schmidt Denmarks prime minister ( In red and black ) celebartes 100 years women voting right day by hosting lunch for 42 living women ministers from various parties and various covenornments 62 denmarks has female miniter during one h Despite their differences, Denmark’s real and fictional prime ministers share a common fate with women in even supposedly liberal western countries: the higher cost of professional success.  In June 2008, according to a Gallup poll, the opposition centre-left was at 49.8% compared to 49.6% for the centre-right. She was elected to replace Mogens Lykketoft as Leader of the Social Democrats after the 2005 parliamentary election, leading her party through the 2007 parliamentary election, which was won by the centre-right alliance, and the 2011 parliamentary election, after which she was appointed Prime Minister by Queen Margrethe II. , In the 2005 Danish parliamentary election Thorning-Schmidt was elected to the Folketing. However, the Social Liberals lost nine seats, leaving the left bloc without enough support to remain in office. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). , In November 2011, the daily Politiken disclosed that the Tax Ministry deputy chief Peter Loft had attended several meetings attending to the Thorning-Schmidt case and had tried to insert comments into the final resolution text. degree in 1994. , Also in 2020, Thorning-Schmidt was appointed by the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe to serve as a member of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, chaired by Mario Monti.. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has married her long term film director partner at an intimate village wedding in Magleby Church, Zealand, a Danish island where the … 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. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old.. , In December 2013, Thorning-Schmidt, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama faced criticism on social media that they had behaved inappropriately after posing for a "selfie" taken with Thorning-Schmidt's mobile phone during the memorial service for the former South African President Nelson Mandela. Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. The party was also unable to regain its position as the largest party in the Folketing. Bloomberg. She is the first woman to hold each post. Her father was an economics professor in Copenhagen. , Helle Thorning-Schmidt was born in Rødovre to Holger Thorning-Schmidt, a lecturer in mathematics and national economics at the University of Copenhagen, and his wife Grete.  During her 2007 campaign she promised to relax restrictions on asylum seekers and immigrants. It was announced that she would become her party's member of the Presidium of the Folketing, and she currently serves as the Presidium's 1st Vice-President. She met her husband while they were both attending the College of Europe. In July 2013 the last of the 750 Danish troops who were serving in a combat capacity in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan returned home, in effect ending a much-criticized 12-year involvement. She led the Social Democrats in the 2007 election, in which her party suffered modest losses and was forced into a third term in opposition.  Thorning-Schmidt is also a member of the British Labour Party, and has campaigned for her husband. The matter brought attention to the couple’s periods of separation and led to assertions that Kinnock was gay, which Thorning-Schmidt emphatically denied. Omissions? From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. In addition, she has held several paid and unpaid positions, including: Thorning-Schmidt married Welsh politician Stephen Kinnock in 1996, becoming the daughter-in-law of Neil Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party and European Commissioner, and Glenys Kinnock, former British Minister for Europe. , 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. Helle Thorning-Schmidt officially began her first term as Prime Minister on 3 October 2011, after having presented her cabinet to the Queen and having received her official appointment. Thorning-Schmidt responded with a statement in which she said that the attack on Denmark’s Jewish minority was an “attack on all of Denmark.”. She attended Ishøj Gymnasium from which she graduated in 1985. The controversial move in January led to the withdrawal of the Socialist People’s Party from the governing coalition. In 1999 she was elected as a member of the European Parliament (1999–2004). On 30 January 2014, the Socialist People's Party announced their departure from Thorning-Schmidt's government due to a conflict over the proposed sale of DONG Energy shares to Goldman Sachs. , During the first year in office her government rolled back anti-immigration legislation enacted by the previous government, and passed a tax-reform with support from the liberal-conservative opposition. Borgen. During the five-year term, she was a member of the Employment and Social Committee and served as a substitute on the Constitutional Committee. Biden Picks Former Michigan Governor Granholm for … She occasionally goes to church but does not believe in eternal life, salvation, heaven, or hell. A gunman killed a filmmaker and wounded three policemen when he shot through the windows of a café–cultural centre that was hosting a panel discussion titled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” that included the participation of a Swedish artist whose published depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in 2007 had stirred controversy. It turned out that from 2000 to 2008 Thorning-Schmidt had made use of tax deductions applicable to her husband, even though he was not subject to Danish taxes and had no income in Denmark. Following defeat in 2015, she announced that she would step down as both Danish Prime Minister and Social Democratic party leader. Knudsen plays the role of the fictional Danish Prime Minister Birgitte, the character is sometimes believed to be based on Denmark's first female prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The prime minister was speaking as her foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, faced growing pressure to step down for having sex in 2008 with a 15-year-old … In his speech of resignation on election night, 8 February 2005, he called for a leadership election in order to determine who should lead the party into the next election. In the wake of the defeat, Thorning-Schmidt resigned as the leader of the Social Democrats. Her father was politically conservative and she grew up in the Copenhagen suburb of Ishøj. In 2005 she was elected to the Danish Folketing (parliament) and that same year was chosen as the leader of the Social Democratic Party.  After her time in Brussels she worked as an international consultant with the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions until being elected MEP in 1999. It also resulted in the sixth cabinet reshuffle of Thorning-Schmidt’s 29 months in power to date. Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a Danish retired politician who served as the 26th Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, and Leader of the Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015. In March 2012, Peter Loft was suspended from his post as deputy chief, for the duration of the two-year investigation period. Peter Arnfeldt has been reported to the police by the Ministry for Taxation. Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. On 4 September 2015, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced that the Danish government had nominated Thorning-Schmidt as Denmark's official candidate to the position as new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. , After the defeat in the 2005 election, in which the Social Democrats lost five seats and failed to regain the majority it had lost in the 2001 election, former Minister of Finance and party leader Mogens Lykketoft resigned his post, taking responsibility for the poor election results. , Although Thorning-Schmidt has been baptized into the Church of Denmark, she is not confirmed. They have two daughters, Johanna and Camilla. Nonetheless, leading economists commended the government’s economic policy, and the Fitch credit-rating agency praised Denmark’s sound economic strategies, low public debt, and ongoing current-account surplus while confirming the country’s AAA credit rating. , Thorning-Schmidt campaigned for the party leadership as a moderate candidate and was elected by the party members on 12 April 2005, ahead of the other candidate, Frank Jensen.  These effective reductions were in line with the 2009 tax reforms of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a Venstre prime minister preceding her, which is likely why she received liberal-conservative support.. Anti-immigrant sentiment appeared to be at the root of the electoral response given the strong showing by the Danish People’s Party, which finished second with some 21 percent of the vote (the Liberal Party came in third with about 19.5 percent). She is the first woman to hold each post. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Helle-Thorning-Schmidt, Helle Thorning-Schmidt - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up).  Defending her actions, Thorning-Schmidt said, "There were lots of pictures taken that day, and I just thought it was a bit fun. , Thorning-Schmidt was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the Party of European Socialists. The mistake was corrected by SKAT for the three years from 2006 to 2008, and Thorning-Schmidt paid the amount she had saved due to the error. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has apologised for a social experiment that brought 22 Greenlandic children to Denmark in 1951. On 2 December, Pedersen disclosed that he had found such big discrepancies in the two reports that he would set up a commission of inquiry to determine the actual course of events. Hours later another attack occurred outside a synagogue, where a member of the congregation who was providing security was fatally shot and two policemen were wounded. 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. It stems from the famous selfie of then-President Obama, David Cameron and the Danish PM at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. Ending her political career in April 2016, she was the chief executive of the NGO Save the Children until June 2019. On 9 August and 12 December 2013, amid tensions between coalition partners, Thorning-Schmidt made cabinet reshuffles. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, (born December 14, 1966, Rødovre, Denmark), Danish politician who became Denmark’s first female prime minister when she took office in 2011. , Having lost the Danish general election of 2015, Thorning-Schmidt stepped down as Prime Minister and as leader of the Social Democratic Party. Denmark does a good female prime minister – or statsminister, as you will know if you have watched Borgen. To make matters worse, the Danish People’s Party emerged victorious in the European parliamentary elections in May, winning 4 of Denmark’s 13 seats with more than 26 percent of the vote, well ahead of the Social Democrats (3 seats). Ring in the new year with a Britannica Membership - Now 30% off. Many had protested the U.S. bank’s plans for a $1.4 billion investment in the utility, an arrangement that gave Goldman Sachs special veto powers not enjoyed by other shareholders. In the 2011 election the Social Democrats (44 seats) again finished behind the Liberals (47 seats) but were able to join the Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People’s Party in a centre-left minority coalition government with Thorning-Schmidt as prime minister. A shocking turn of events puts Birgitte Nyborg in the Danish prime minister's seat as her country's first female leader in this landmark drama. Thorning-Schmidt was the youngest of three children in a family split by divorce. Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhelə ˈtsʰoɐ̯ne̝ŋ ˈsme̝t]; born 14 December 1966) is a Danish retired politician who served as the 26th Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, and Leader of the Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015. 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Denmark’s struggling economy had been the central issue of the election, and Thorning-Schmidt laboured to guide her government through implementing harsh tax and unemployment-benefit reforms and spending cuts aimed at deficit reduction.  In 2014, he worked for London-based Xyntéo as managing director for the "Global Leadership and Technology Exchange", but was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberavon at the 2015 United Kingdom general election.  Since late 2009 the opposition enjoyed large majorities in the polls, and according to polls carried out in January 2011 the opposition led the governing coalition under Lars Løkke Rasmussen by 5–7 points and the Social Democrats led Venstre by 7–10 points which would make the Social Democrats the largest party by far in the Folketing.  The tax reform raised the top tax threshold, effectively lowering tax rates for high income earners.  She also opposed tax cuts announced by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, instead stating she would like to see more funding for welfare. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the extension of the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown until January 17, 2021, in an … President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to cancel his trip to Denmark, saying that the Danish Prime Minister's comments this … The family have been living in Kilburn, London since Thorning-Schmidt became CEO of Save the Children, whilst also spending time at Kinnock's constituency in Port Talbot.  The aim of the tax reform has been to increase labour output to fend off a projected shortage within the next decades. She became a social democrat during her studies in Belgium and joined the Social Democratic Party in 1993. Maybe it also shows that when we meet heads of state and government, we too are just people who have fun.  On the same day, Troels Lund Poulsen announced he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Danish Parliament. Thorning has been the leader of the Social Democrats through seven electoral campaigns. Updates? , The Danish tax authorities (SKAT) investigated reports that Thorning-Schmidt's husband, Stephen Kinnock, was guilty of tax evasion. Thorning-Schmidt lived in Copenhagen with their children, while her husband partly resided in Davos, Switzerland, where he worked as a director for the World Economic Forum. Worse still was the revelation that her husband—the director of the World Economic Forum, who worked in its offices in Switzerland weekdays and joined Thorning-Schmidt and their two daughters in Copenhagen on weekends—had not paid any income tax in Denmark. More from. Thorning-Schmidt led her party into the 2015 general election in which her party increased its share of votes and seats. Mette Frederiksen is a Danish politician who has been Prime Minister of Denmark since June 2019 and Leader of the Social Democrats since June 2015. In the process, she was labeled by some as a promise breaker. The prime minister struggled in 2012, as she steered her sometimes volatile coalition through a tough program of tax and unemployment-benefit reforms, public spending cuts, and measures to balance the state budget by 2020. She received international recognition for the leading role in 'Borgen' and as Theresa Cullen in the HBO science fiction-Western television series 'Westworld'. The names are well known: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen; Finish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg, all of whom flattened the COVID-19 curves in their countries. At the end of May, Thorning-Schmidt called for a snap parliamentary election to be held on June 18. In March 2013 support for the Social Democrats fell to its lowest point since 1898, but the party suffered only minor setbacks in November’s local elections. It was with Denmark’s first female Prime Minister … This has caused friction with the supporting Red-Green Alliance, which has been kept outside of influence. Danish Prime minister Mette Frederiksen is also known as Mette Fup (Fake). The new female prime minister’s coalition government was formed with all five party leaders being women - the majority being under 40-years of age, also. Although the party suffered considerable losses in the 2007 election to the ruling Liberal-Conservative coalition led by Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen, Thorning-Schmidt remained its leader. Created by Adam Price, the series follows the ascent of Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen), who becomes the first female Prime Minister of … After studying political science at the University of Copenhagen, she earned a master’s degree in European studies in 1993 from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium, where she met Stephen Kinnock (the son of former British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock), whom she would marry in 1996. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen formally tendered his resignation to Queen Margrethe on 16 September 2011. She was also confronted with a series of scandals that included security issues concerning a cabinet appointee and sexual misconduct by leading Social Democrats. Rasmussen's cabinet remained in office as a caretaker government until 3 October, when Helle Thorning-Schmidt was appointed Prime Minister by the Queen following negotiations with the other opposition parties. In the process, the Social Democratic Party plummeted in the opinion polls, and the opposition Liberals and far-right, anti-immigration, Euroskeptic Danish People’s Party surged. 2010 TV-MA 3 Seasons Social Issue TV Dramas. She was however not required to pay the amounts saved for the six years from 2000 to 2005, because of the statutory time limit for liability in such cases.  On 16 September 2010, Danish tax authorities acquitted the couple and the charges of tax evasion were dropped. , She was against holding a referendum on the European Reform Treaty. Although her popularity plummeted, Thorning-Schmidt weathered the political storm with toughness that flew in the face of those who saw her as effete and characterized her as “Gucci Helle” because of her penchant for stylish dress. 41-Year-Old Woman May Become Youngest Ever Danish Prime Minister - Bloomberg. The Tax Minister in the new government, Thor Möger Pedersen, subsequently asked Peter Loft and the director of the revenue service's Copenhagen branch, Erling Andersen, to give a report on the happenings. Starring: Sidse Babett … The case had been leaked to the newspaper several months previously. A shocking turn of events puts Birgitte Nyborg in the Danish prime minister's seat as her country's first female leader in this landmark drama. As Denmark’s first female prime minister (she held the office from 2011 to 2015), Thorning-Schmidt’s own professional trajectory is itself evidence of the nation’s commitment to equality.  She co-founded the Campaign for Parliament Reform (CPR). Although the Social Democrats won a larger percentage of the vote than any other single party (about 26 percent), the five-party “Red” coalition that Thorning-Schmidt led into the election finished with only 85 seats, whereas former prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of the Liberal Party effectively headed a centre-right “Blue” slate that captured 90 seats in the 179-seat parliament. Politics. , Further controversy erupted when two days later the tabloid daily, Ekstra Bladet, reported that they had also been offered the confidential information that was made public during the election campaign. Before departure, they also announced they will support Thorning-Schmidt although not being a part of her government.. Thorning-Schmidt studied political science at University of Copenhagen, earning a cand.scient.pol. , Both Margrethe Vestager (Social Liberal Party) and Villy Søvndal (Socialist People's Party) have pledged their support to Thorning-Schmidt after a potential election victory. 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