Poul Hartling

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Poul Hartling
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5th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
In office
1 January 1978 – 31 December 1985
Preceded bySadruddin Aga Khan
Succeeded byJean-Pierre Hocké [de]
22nd Prime Minister of Denmark
In office
19 December 1973 – 13 February 1975
MonarchMargrethe II
Preceded byAnker Jørgensen
Succeeded byAnker Jørgensen
Personal details
Born(1914-08-14)14 August 1914
Died30 April 2000(2000-04-30) (aged 85)
Political partyVenstre

Poul Hartling (14 August 1914 – 30 April 2000) was a Danish diplomat and politician. He was a member of the Liberal Party and served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 1973 to 1975 in the Cabinet of Poul Hartling.

Hartling served as Foreign Minister of Denmark from 1968 until 1971 in the Cabinet of Hilmar Baunsgaard. In 1973 Hartling became Prime Minister of Denmark when the sitting Danish Social Democratic Party government of Anker Jørgensen was unable to form a government after the 1973 Danish parliamentary election. Hartling was Prime Minister from 19 December 1973 until 13 February 1975, when Anker Jørgensen and the Social Democrats came to power again. In social policy, Hartling's time as Prime Minister witnessed the passage of the Social Assistance Act of 1974, which instructed municipal authorities to provide day-care and recreation centres for children and young people.

Hartling then left Danish politics to work for the United Nations. He was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1978 until 1985. In 1981 Hartling accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the UNHCR.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Hans Tabor
Foreign Minister of Denmark
2 February 1968 – 11 October 1971
Succeeded by
Knud Børge Andersen
Preceded by
Anker Jørgensen
Prime Minister of Denmark
19 December 1973 – 13 February 1975
Succeeded by
Anker Jørgensen
Party political offices
Preceded by
Erik Eriksen
Leader of Venstre
1965 – 1977
Succeeded by
Henning Christophersen