Astrid Krag at the SF party convention in 2010.
|Minister of Health and Prevention|
|Member of Parliament|
|Born||17 November 1982|
|Political party||Social Democrats (Denmark)|
|Socialist People's Party (Denmark)|
Astrid Krag (17 November 1982, Vejle, Denmark) is a Danish politician, member of parliament for the Social Democrats (Denmark), and former Socialist People's Party (Denmark) (SF) Minister of Health and Prevention in the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt October 2011-January 2014. She was a part of the SF youth movement since her High School years at Tørring Amtsgymnasium. She studied Political Science at the University of Copenhagen from 2003 to 2007, and in November 2007 she was elected to parliament. During her time as a member of parliament she was spokesperson for the Socialist People's Party on the topics of immigration, citizenship and elder care. She has been noted as a supporter of a somewhat stricter immigration policy, than the party has previously pursued.
She has been described as a member of the party's right wing, but describes herself as a "reform socialist", in the pragmatic center of the party. When leader of the Socialist People's Party Villy Søvndal announced that he would step down in September 2012, she announced her candidacy as new leader, and garnered supporting statements from most of the party top. Her opponent in the bid for party leadership was Annette Vilhelmsen, of the party's left wing, who won with 64% percent of the votes.
In January 2014 as the Socialist People's Party left the government coalition, Astrid Krag left the People's party to become a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party.
- SF's unge formandshåb? Portræt af Astrid Krag(in Danish)
- Krag's Profile Page at the Danish Parliament Website Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Profile and Analysis At The Danish National Radio Website
- Announcement of Candidacy in Danish Newspaper Information
- analysis of Krag's Candidacy in the Copenhagen Post