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Thorning-Schmidt Cabinet
50th Cabinet of Denmark
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Date formed 3 October 2011
Date dissolved 3 February 2014
People and organizations
Head of government Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Head of state Margrethe II of Denmark
Member party
Status in legislature Coalition
Opposition party Venstre
Opposition leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen
History
Election(s) parliamentary election
Incoming formation 2011
Outgoing formation 2014
Previous Løkke Rasmussen Cabinet
Successor Thorning-Schmidt Cabinet II

The cabinet of Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt was the cabinet government of Denmark from 3 October 2011[1] to 3 February 2014. It was a coalition between the Social Democrats, the Danish Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People's Party. On 9 August 2013, Helle Thorning-Schmidt made a cabinet reshuffle and on 12 December 2013, she made a second cabinet reshuffle. The cabinet resigned on 3 February 2014, following the Socialist People's Party left the government on 30 January 2014. It was succeeded by the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt II

Because of the government's minority status and its dependency on the support of the opposition, Venstre, the government had to jettison many of the policies that it had given during the election campaign. Although critics have accused the government of breaking its promises, other studies argue that it has already accomplished half of its stated goals, blaming instead poor public relations strategies for its increasingly negative public image.[2]

Government formations[edit]

At the parliamentary election on 15 September 2011, the governing Liberal Party remained the single largest party with the addition of one seat while the Social Democrats lost a seat. However, a three-party coalition of opposition parties together with the supporting Red-Green Alliance won a larger share of seats than the incumbent Liberal-Conservative government and their supporting parties the Liberal Alliance and Danish People's Party.[3] Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen then tendered the cabinet's resignation to Queen Margrethe II on 16 September,[4] following which she met with the leaders of all parties. She then tasked Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt with negotiating the formation of a new government. Rasmussen's cabinet remained in office as a caretaker government until 3 October, when Thorning-Schmidt's cabinet was sworn in making her the first female Prime Minister.[5] The Social Liberal Party and the Socialist People's Party also became part of the three-party government.[6] It was the first time the Socialist People's Party joined a government since its foundation in 1959.[3]

On January 30, 2014, Annette Vilhelmsen, the leader of Socialist People's Party announced that the party would be leaving government, the result of extended turmoil over the proposed sale of DONG Energy shares to Goldman Sachs.[7]

List of ministers and portfolios[edit]

The Social Democrats had ten ministers including the Prime Minister. The smaller Social Liberal Party and Socialist People's Party each had six ministers.[1]

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister   Helle Thorning-Schmidt 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Economy and Interior   Margrethe Vestager 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister for Foreign Affairs   Villy Søvndal 3 October 2011 12 December 2013 Socialist People's
  Holger K. Nielsen 12 December 2013 30 January 2014 Socialist People's
Minister for Development Cooperation   Christian Friis Bach 3 October 2011 21 November 2013 Social Liberals
  Rasmus Helveg Petersen 21 November 2013 3 February 2014 Social Liberals
Minister for European Affairs   Nicolai Wammen 3 October 2011 9 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Nick Hækkerup 9 August 2013 3 February 2014 (abolished) Social Democrats
Minister for Trade and Investment   Pia Olsen Dyhr 3 October 2011 9 August 2013 (abolished) Socialist People's
Ministry of Finance
Minister for Finance   Bjarne Corydon 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Justice
Minister for Justice   Morten Bødskov 3 October 2011 12 December 2013 Social Democrats
  Karen Hækkerup 12 December 2013 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Defence
Minister for Defence   Nick Hækkerup 3 October 2011 9 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Nicolai Wammen 9 August 2013 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Culture
Minister for Culture   Uffe Elbæk 3 October 2011 5 December 2012 Social Liberals
  Marianne Jelved 6 December 2012 3 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Taxation
Minister for Taxation   Thor Möger Pedersen 3 October 2011 16 October 2012 Socialist People's
  Holger K. Nielsen 16 October 2012 12 December 2013 Socialist People's
  Jonas Dahl 12 December 2013 30 January 2014 Socialist People's
Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education
Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education   Morten Østergaard 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs
Minister for Business and Growth   Ole Sohn 3 October 2011 16 October 2012 Socialist People's
  Annette Vilhelmsen 16 October 2012 9 August 2013 Socialist People's
  Henrik Sass Larsen 9 August 2013 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs
Minister for the City, Housing and Rural Affairs   Carsten Hansen 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Employment
Minister for Employment   Mette Frederiksen 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Education
Minister for Education   Christine Antorini 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Social Affairs
Minister for Integration and Social Affairs   Karen Hækkerup 3 October 2011 9 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Annette Vilhelmsen 9 August 2013 30 January 2014 Socialist People's
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (Denmark)
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries   Mette Gjerskov 3 October 2011 9 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Karen Hækkerup 9 August 2013 12 December 2013 Social Democrats
  Dan Jørgensen 12 December 2013 3 February 2014 Social Democrats
Ministry of Climate and Energy
Minister for Climate and Energy   Martin Lidegaard 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Liberals
Ministry of Transport
Minister for Transport   Henrik Dam Kristensen 3 October 2011 9 August 2013 Social Democrats
  Pia Olsen Dyhr 9 August 2013 30 January 2014 Socialist People's
Ministry of Health
Minister for Health and Prevention   Astrid Krag 3 October 2011 30 January 2014 Socialist People's
Ministry of the Environment
Minister for the Environment   Ida Auken 3 October 2011 30 January 2014 Socialist People's
Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs
Minister for Equality, Church and Nordic Cooperation   Manu Sareen 3 October 2011 3 February 2014 Social Liberals
Preceded by
Cabinet of Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Cabinet of Denmark
2011-2014
Succeeded by
Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt II
Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt in front of Amalienborg

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Here are Denmark’s new ministers". The Copenhagen Post. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Weaver, Ray (May 18, 2012). "Government on track but off message". The Copenhagen Post. Retrieved September 20, 2012. "Governmental parties are taking a beating at the polls, but recent study shows they’ve accomplished half their goals [...] Many feel that the Socialdemokraterne-Radikale-Socialistisk Folkeparti (S-R-SF) government, which has been slipping further and further down in the polls, has not done an effective job letting the public know when it gets something right." 
  3. ^ Xuan, Min (16 September 2011). "Danish PM tenders resignation to Queen". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Denmark to get 1st female PM after left wins vote". Dawn. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Danish PM-elect seen unveiling govt Sunday". Reuters. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "SF leaves government, Vilhelmsen steps down". The Copenhagen Post . 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.