H. C. Hansen

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Hans Christian Hansen
Hans Christian Svane Hansen.jpg
Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
1 February 1955 – 19 February 1960
Monarch Frederick IX
Preceded by Hans Hedtoft
Succeeded by Viggo Kampmann
Personal details
Born (1906-11-08)8 November 1906
Aarhus, Denmark
Died 19 February 1960(1960-02-19) (aged 53)
Copenhagen
Political party Social Democrats

Hans Christian Svane Hansen (8 November 1906 – 19 February 1960), often known as H. C. Hansen or simply H. C., was a social democrat and Prime Minister of Denmark from 29 January 1955 to 19 February 1960 as the head of the Cabinet of H. C. Hansen I and II. Before becoming Prime Minister, H. C. Hansen also served as Finance Minister in the Cabinet of Hans Hedtoft I and Foreign Minister in the Cabinet of Hans Hedtoft II.

As Foreign Minister, H. C. Hansen was seen as the natural successor as Prime Minister and leader of the Social Democrats, when his friend Hans Hedtoft died of a heart attack on 29 January 1955. In addition to becoming Prime Minister, H. C. Hansen also retained the post as Foreign Minister until 1958. Amongst the laws passed by this government included the universal people's pension and the enactment of agricultural price supports

In March 1957 it had been 4 years since the last election to the Folketing, and as mandated by the Danish constitution new elections were held. After the election H. C. Hansen was able to partner with the Danish Social Liberal Party and Retsforbundet to form the Cabinet of H.C. Hansen II, also known as the Triangle Cabinet (Trekantsregeringen).

On 25 March 1957 France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Treaty of Rome to create the European Economic Community. To not be left behind the Danish government first wanted to join a Nordic free trade organization, but that failed and Denmark joined the EFTA on 3 May 1960 instead. Denmark would join the European Economic Community in 1972.

H. C. Hansen died from cancer on 19 February 1960, and was succeeded by Viggo Kampmann in the Social Democratic party and as Prime Minister. He was the second Danish prime minister in a row to die while in office.

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References[edit]

  • Kristian Hvidt, Statsministre i Danmark fra 1913 til 1995 (1995)
  • Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Democratic Socialism: A Global Survey Donald F. Busky
Political offices
Preceded by
Kristian Hansen Koefoed / none
Finance Minister of Denmark
May 5, 1945 – November 7, 1945
Succeeded by
Thorkil Kristensen
Preceded by
Thorkil Kristensen
Finance Minister of Denmark
November 13, 1947 – September 16, 1950
Succeeded by
Viggo Kampmann
Preceded by
Jens Otto Krag
Trade Minister of Denmark
September 16, 1950 – 30 October 1950
Succeeded by
Ove Weikop
Preceded by
Ole Bjørn Kraft
Foreign Minister of Denmark
September 30, 1953 – October 8, 1958
Succeeded by
Jens Otto Krag
Preceded by
Hans Hedtoft
Prime Minister of Denmark
February 1, 1955 – February 19, 1960
Succeeded by
Viggo Kampmann
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hans Hedtoft
Leader of the Danish Social Democrats
1955 – 1960
Succeeded by
Viggo Kampmann