Henrik Dam Kristensen

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Henrik Dam Kristensen

Henrik Dam Kristensen (born 31 January 1957 in Vorbasse, Jutland) is a Danish politician, and currently the First Vice-President of the Danish parliament and the President of the Nordic Council (for the term 2016). He formerly served as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (1994–1996), Minister for Food (1996–2000), Minister for Social Affairs (2000–2001), Minister of Transport (2011–2013) and Minister of Labour (2014–2015) in the Danish government, and as a Member of the European Parliament. He also served as President of the Nordic Council in 2011.

He is a member of the Social Democrats, which is part of the Party of European Socialists, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries and its Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

He was also a substitute for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a member of the delegation for relations with the countries of south-east Europe. He stood down from the European Parliament in October 2006.

On 3 October 2011 Kristensen was appointed to the post of transport minister in the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and left office on 9 August 2013.[1]

On 10 October 2014 he again entered the cabinet, when he was appointed new Minister of Employment, taking over from Mette Frederiksen, who was appointed new Minister of Justice. [2]


  • Member of the Folketing (1990–2004)
  • Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (1994–1996)
  • Minister for Food (1996–2000)
  • Minister for Social Affairs (2000–2001)
  • Member of the European Convention
  • Member of the European Parliament (2004–2006)
  • Secretary general of the Danish Social Democrats (2006–)


  1. ^ "The cabinet reshuffle: Who’s in and who’s out". The Copenhagen Post. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Changes in government". The Prime Ministers Office. 10 October 2014. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bjørn Westh
Minister for Agriculture and Fishing of Denmark
27 September 1994 – 30 December 1996
Succeeded by
Office renamed to Minister for Food
Preceded by
Office renamed from Minister for Agriculture and Fishing
Minister for Food
30 December 1996 – 23 February 2000
Succeeded by
Ritt Bjerregaard
Preceded by
Karen Jespersen
Minister for Social Affairs
23 February 2000 – 27 November 2001
Succeeded by
Henriette Kjær
Preceded by
Hans Christian Schmidt
Minister for Transport
3 October 2011 – 9 August 2013
Succeeded by
Pia Olsen Dyhr
Preceded by
Mette Frederiksen
Minister for Employment
10 October 2014 – 28 June 2015
Succeeded by
Jørn Neergaard Larsen