Mette Frederiksen

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Mette Frederiksen

Mette Frederiksen - 2010.jpg
Frederiksen in 2009
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
28 June 2015
MonarchMargrethe II
Prime MinisterLars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded byLars Løkke Rasmussen
Leader of the Social Democrats
Assumed office
28 June 2015
DeputyFrank Jensen & Mogens Jensen
Preceded byHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Minister of Justice
In office
10 October 2014 – 28 June 2015
Prime MinisterHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded byKaren Hækkerup
Succeeded bySøren Pind
Minister of Employment
In office
3 October 2011 – 10 October 2014
Prime MinisterHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded byInger Støjberg
Succeeded byHenrik Dam Kristensen
Member of the Folketing
Assumed office
20 November 2001
ConstituencyCopenhagen County
Personal details
Born (1977-11-19) 19 November 1977 (age 41)
Aalborg, Denmark
Political partySocial Democrats
Spouse(s)Erik Harr (m. 2003; div. 2014)
Alma materAalborg University

Mette Frederiksen (born 19 November 1977) is a Danish Social Democrat politician. She has been a member of the Folketing, the parliament of Denmark, since 2001,[1] and served in Helle Thorning-Schmidt's government as Minister of Employment from 2011 to 2014, and as Minister of Justice from 2014 to 2015. On 28 June 2015, she succeeded Thorning-Schmidt as leader of the Social Democrats.[2]


Frederiksen was born in Aalborg; her father was a typographer, and her mother a teacher.[1] She attended the Aalborghus Gymnasium, and studied administration and social science at Aalborg University.[1] After graduating in 2000, she worked as a youth consultant for LO, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions.[1]

Frederiksen was elected as a member of parliament for Copenhagen County in the general election held on 20 November 2001.[1] After her election. She was named as her party's spokesperson for culture, media, and gender equality.[1] She became her party's spokesperson for social affairs after the 2005 parliamentary election.[1] Also following the 2005 election, she served as the vice-chairperson of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic party.[1]

In May 2010, it was revealed that Frederiksen's daughter - along with the children of several other prominent Social Democrat politicians - was being educated at a private school.[3] Frederiksen, along with her colleagues, was accused of hypocrisy by the Danish press, as her party had long seen the promotion of public education as a key policy.[3] In 2005, Frederiksen had openly criticised parents who sent their children to private schools.[3] Frederiksen responded to the criticism by saying that her opinion on private education had become more nuanced since her remarks in 2005, and that it would have been hypocritical of her to put her own political career ahead of her daughter's best interest.[4]

Opponent of prostitution[edit]

Mette Frederiksen is a vocal opponent of prostitution, and has for many years strongly advocated for the prohibition of the purchase of sex, like in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.[5] Pimping, procuring, and operating a brothel are already illegal in Denmark.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Folketing biography". Folketing. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Portræt: Mette Frederiksen skal finde sin egen vej" [Portrait: Mette Frederiksen has to find her own way]. Politiken. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Opposition under fire for picking private schools". The Copenhagen Post. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Mette Frederiksen: Min datter kommer først". Politiken. 6 May 2010. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  5. ^ Socialdemokrater vil forbyde købesex Berlingske 26 September 2009

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