Kjeld Olesen

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Kjeld Olesen (born 8 July 1932 in Copenhagen) is a Danish former Social Democratic politician.[1]

He was a Member of Parliament 1966–1987 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic Party in the 1970s. He served in several cabinet positions, most notably as Foreign Minister and Defence Minister. Following his exit from politics he resumed his old profession as a sailor.


Political offices
Preceded by
Knud Østergaard
Defence Minister of Denmark
11 October 1971 – 27 September 1973
Succeeded by
Orla Møller
Preceded by
Niels Matthiasen
Minister for Public Works
26 February 1977 – 30 August 1978
Succeeded by
Ivar Hansen
Preceded by
Henning Christophersen
Foreign Minister of Denmark
26 October 1979 – 10 September 1982
Succeeded by
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen

This article is based on the corresponding article on the Danish Wikipedia, accessed on 3 May 2006.