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Helle Thorning-Schmidt Elected Denmark’s First Female Prime Minister

Helle Thorning-Schmidt was elected the first female Prime Minister of Denmark on 15 September.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt was elected the first female Prime Minister of Denmark on 15 September.

The leader of the Social Democrats, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, won her first general election on 15 September, to become the first female Prime Minister of Denmark, with the final tally of seats expected to be 92 for the Social Democrats, and 87 for the out going Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s group. this was a smaller lead than analysts had expected from the polls, who had predicted a nine seat lead. This very small majority could be an issue for Thorning-Schmidt.

Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 44, is married to Stephen Kinnock, the son of the former UK Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock, who lost in 1992 in the British election after leading in the polls. Stephen Kinnock has come under criticism in the past for paying taxes in Switzerland where he lives and works as a director for the World Economic Fund. The taxes he pays are much less than he would pay in Denmark.

A mother of two, Ms Thorning-Schmidt has the reputation of expensive tastes. However, her pledge is to use a raise in taxes on the wealthy to fund welfare programs. She intends to stimulate the economy through increased public spending.

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