Erik Eriksen

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Erik Eriksen
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Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
October 30, 1950 – September 30, 1953
Monarch Frederick IX
Preceded by Hans Hedtoft
Succeeded by Hans Hedtoft
Personal details
Born (1902-11-20)November 20, 1902
Brangstrup, Ringe
Died October 7, 1972(1972-10-07) (aged 69)
Political party Venstre

Erik Eriksen (November 20, 1902 – October 7, 1972) is a late Prime Minister of Denmark. Eriksen was leader of the Danish Liberal party Venstre from 1950 to 1965. He served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 30 October 1950 to 30 September 1953 as leader of the Cabinet of Erik Eriksen forming a minority government of Venstre and the Conservative People's Party. Erik Eriksen was a farmer by profession.

The main accomplishment by his government was a revision of the Danish constitution, voted into law in a referendum held in 1953 simultaneously with the parliamentary elections. In addition, a family allowance law was passed in 1952. The former Venstre leader and former Prime Minister Knud Kristensen had broken away from Venstre to form his own party, De Uafhængige. This was one of reasons why the social democrat Hans Hedtoft was able to secure the parliamentary support to replace Erik Eriksen as Prime Minister and form the Cabinet of Hans Hedtoft.

After 1953 Eriksen continued as the leader of the opposition but in the long run his consequent alliance with the Conservatives proved an obstacle to a co-operation with Det Radikale Venstre. He therefore resigned as the leader of his party 1965 and was replaced by Poul Hartling.


  • Kristian Hvidt, Statsministre i Danmark fra 1913 til 1995 (1995)
  • Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism: A Century of Income Security Politics by Alexander Hicks
Political offices
Preceded by
Hans Hedtoft
Prime Minister of Denmark
October 30, 1950 – September 30, 1953
Succeeded by
Hans Hedtoft
Party political offices
Preceded by
Edvard Sørensen
Leader of Venstre
1950 – 1965
Succeeded by
Poul Hartling