Ole Sohn

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Ole Sohn
Minister for Business and Growth
In office
3 October 2011 – 16 October 2012
Preceded by Brian Mikkelsen
Minister of Economic and Business Affairs
Succeeded by Annette Vilhelmsen
Leader of the Communist Party of Denmark
In office
Preceded by Jørgen Jensen
Succeeded by Collective leadership
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
11 March 1998
Personal details
Born (1954-09-12) 12 September 1954 (age 63)
Torsted, Denmark
Political party Social Democrats
Other political
Communist Party of Denmark, Socialist People's Party
Spouse(s) Inger Sohn

Ole Christian Liep Sohn (born 12 September 1954) is a Danish politician and author.[1] He is a member of the Parliament of Denmark for the Social Democrats and was Denmark's Minister for Business and Growth until he announced his resignation on 12 October 2012.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Ole Sohn was born in Horsens in Denmark in 1954.[citation needed] In the years 1970-1976 he worked as a ship's cook and an earth and concrete worker.[citation needed] In the years of 1972-1973 he took a Higher Preparatory Examination (HF) and later went to teacher's college.[citation needed]

Sohn started his political career young. When he took his HF he was spokesperson for the students during the years of 1972-1973.[citation needed] From the mid-1970s he served in several union offices, among those the central board of the Danish General Workers' Union.[citation needed]

The Communist Party[edit]

Sohn was a member of the Communist Party of Denmark. From 1981 to 1991 he was a member of the party's central committee. He also served as a member of the Horsens city council from 1982 to 1984. From 1987 to 1989 he was a candidate for the parliamentary elections for the communists. From 1989 to 1991 he was a candidate on the ticket of the Red-Green Alliance which the communists had joined.

He was elected chairman of the communist party in 1987. This was a time of great internal disagreement, disagreements that would later split the party. In 1987 the communists choose to elect two chairmen instead of one. Sohn was elected chairman together with the trade unionist Jan Andersen who was a communist hardliner who viewed Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms with great skepticism. Sohn was elected to balance out Andersen as a young and dynamic candidate who could represent the Gorbachev faction of the party.

The election of two chairmen was meant to symbolize cooperation between the two factions of the party but Andersen died shortly after, leaving the young Sohn with the sole responsibility for settling the internal struggles in the party. Sohn had to deal with the great upheavals in the communist world in the late 1980s. However he was too young to cope with the old hard-liners in the party. They managed to win the power struggle and in 1990 they deposed him. This led to a party congress where the Sohn faction won and the party was split. However a year after he left the communist party and joined the Socialist People's Party.

The Socialist People's Party[edit]

Sohn was first elected to parliament on the ticket of the Socialist People's Party in the 1998 election and has been in parliament since. After the 2011 election, Sohn became Minister for Business and Growth.

As author[edit]

Besides his political work Sohn is an author and publisher. He has written several books on the Soviet Union, using material that has been released from Soviet archives after the breakup of the union.

In 2004 he founded the publishing firm Forlaget Sohn.

From the 1990s and onwards he has also been active in the Writers' Union.


  • Fra Folketinget til celle 290 1992
  • Et liv i kamp og kærlighed 1993
  • Der var bud efter dem 1994
  • Her kommer fra dybet den mørke armé 1995
  • Den højeste straf 1996
  • Frihedens port 1999
  • Vanviddets logik 2000
  • Rundt om filmen DEN HØJESTE STRAF 2001
  • De drog mod øst 2002

Personal life[edit]

Ole Sohn is married to Inger Sohn. Together they have two children, Iben and Christian.


  1. ^ Staar, Richard Felix; Peace, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and (September 1991). Yearbook on international communist affairs. Hoover Institution Press. p. 543. ISBN 9780817991616. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ole Sohn stopper som minister, TV 2 Nyhederne.
  3. ^ Ole Sohn stepping down, Politiken.dk, October 12, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jørgen Jensen
Chairman of the Communist Party of Denmark
Succeeded by
Collective leadership