Mette Frederiksen

Mette Frederiksen

Mette Frederiksen - 2010.jpg
Frederiksen in 2009
Prime Minister-designate of Denmark
Assuming office
MonarchMargrethe II
SucceedingLars Løkke Rasmussen
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
28 June 2015
MonarchMargrethe II
Prime MinisterLars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded byLars Løkke Rasmussen
Leader of the Social Democrats
Assumed office
28 June 2015
DeputyFrank Jensen
Mogens Jensen
Preceded byHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Minister of Justice
In office
10 October 2014 – 28 June 2015
Prime MinisterHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded byKaren Hækkerup
Succeeded bySøren Pind
Minister of Employment
In office
3 October 2011 – 10 October 2014
Prime MinisterHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded byInger Støjberg
Succeeded byHenrik Dam Kristensen
Member of the Folketing
Assumed office
20 November 2001
ConstituencyCopenhagen County
Personal details
Born (1977-11-19) 19 November 1977 (age 41)
Aalborg, Denmark
Political partySocial Democrats
Erik Harr
(m. 2003; div. 2014)
EducationAalborg University

Mette Frederiksen (Danish pronunciation: [mɛdə fʁɛðʁɛgsən]; born 19 November 1977) is a Danish politician serving as Leader of the Social Democrats since 2015. A member of the Folketing for Copenhagen County since the 2001 general election, she served under Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as Minister of Employment from 2011 to 2014 and Minister of Justice from 2014 until she succeeded her as party leader.[1][2]

Following the 2019 general election in which the opposition red bloc of left-wing and centre-left parties (Social Democrats, Social Liberals, Socialist People's Party, Red–Green Alliance, the Faroese Social Democratic Party and Greenland's Inuit Ataqatigiit and Siumut) won a majority of 94 out of 179 seats in the Folketing, she has been commissioned by Queen Margrethe II to lead the negotiations to form a new government. Should she be successful in this regard, Frederiksen would become the youngest Prime Minister in Danish history at the age of 41 as well as the second woman in the role after Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Early life

Frederiksen was born in Aalborg. Her father was a typographer while her mother was a teacher.[1] She attended the Aalborghus Gymnasium and studied administration and social science at Aalborg University, graduating in 2000.[1]

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