Mogens Lykketoft

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Mogens Lykketoft
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Speaker of the Parliament
Assumed office
16 September 2011
Monarch Margrethe II
Preceded by Thor Pedersen
Leader of the Danish Social Democrats
In office
Preceded by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Succeeded by Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
21 December 2000 – 27 November 2001
Preceded by Niels Helveg Petersen
Succeeded by Per Stig Møller
Finance Minister of Denmark
In office
25 January 1993 – 21 December 2000
Preceded by Henning Dyremose
Succeeded by Pia Gjellerup
Personal details
Born (1946-01-09) 9 January 1946 (age 68)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Political party Socialdemokraterne
Alma mater University of Copenhagen
Religion Lutheran/Church of Denmark

Mogens Lykketoft (Danish pronunciation: [ˈmɔːʊ̯ns ˈløɡəˌtʌfd]; born 9 January 1946) is a Danish politician who has been Speaker of the Folketing since 2011. In the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen I, II, III and IV which governed from 1993 to 2001, he held positions as Finance Minister and Foreign Minister.

In December 2002 he succeeded Poul Nyrup Rasmussen as party leader of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne). After losing the 2005 Danish parliamentary election he resigned as leader of his party.


Born in Copenhagen, Lykketoft is son of paint dealer Axel Lykketoft and Martha Lykketoft.

Lykketoft has a degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen, 1971. He was Foreign Minister, 21 December 2000 – 27 November 2001, Finance Minister, 25 January 1993 – 21 December 2000 and Minister for Taxation, 20 January 1981 – 10 September 1982.

Within the party he has been fulfilling the positions as Foreign Policy Spokesman from 2005, chairman of the party, 2002–2005, economic and political affairs spokesman and finance policy spokesman, 1988–1991, political spokesman, 1991–1993 and 2001–02, and he has been member of such bodies as the Income Tax Committee, 1975–1977, the Board of Assessors, 1976–1981 and 1984–1993, chairman of the Folketing's Fiscal Affairs Committee, 1984–1986, of the Folketing's Trade and Industry Committee, 1987–1988, and of the Folketing's Economic and Political Affairs Committee, 1988-1990. Additionally, he was head of department at the Economic Council of the Labour Movement, 1975 - 1981.

On 15 September 2011 after the 2011 Danish parliamentary election Lykketoft became Speaker of the Folketing.


  • Co-editor of working and principle programmes. Editor of "Magtspil og Sikkerhed" (Power Play and Security), 1968, "Kravet om lighed" (The Demand for Equality), 1973.
  • Author of "Skattereform '78?" (Tax Reform '78?), 1978.
  • Co-author of such works as "Anno 2001 – en socialdemokratisk science fiction" (Anno 2001 – Social Democratic Science Fiction), 1986.
  • Author of "Sans og samling – en socialdemokratisk krønike" (Sense and Cohesion – A Social Democratic Chronicle), 1994.
  • Author of "Den danske model - en europæisk succeshistorie" (The Danish Model - a European success), 2006
  • “Kina” a book about China, co-author together with Mrs. Mette Holm, Gyldendals Forlag 2006.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karl Hjortnæs
Tax Minister of Denmark
20 January 1981 – 10 September 1982
Succeeded by
Isi Foighel
Preceded by
Henning Dyremose
Finance Minister of Denmark
25 January 1993 – 21 December 2000
Succeeded by
Pia Gjellerup
Preceded by
Niels Helveg Petersen
Foreign Minister of Denmark
21 December 2000 – 27 November 2001
Succeeded by
Per Stig Møller
Preceded by
Thor Pedersen
Speaker of the Folketing
15 September 2011 – Present
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Leader of the Danish Social Democrats
2002 – 2005
Succeeded by
Helle Thorning-Schmidt