Sólrun Løkke Rasmussen

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Sólrun Jákupsdóttir Løkke Rasmussen
Spouse of the
Prime Minister of Denmark
Assumed office
28 June 2015
Monarch Margrethe II
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by Stephen Kinnock
In office
5 April 2009 – 3 October 2011
Monarch Margrethe II
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by Anne-Mette Rasmussen
Succeeded by Stephen Kinnock
Member of the
Gribskov Municipality Council
Assumed office
2009
Member of the
Græsted-Gilleleje City Council
In office
1998–2005
Personal details
Born Sólrun Jákupsdóttir Petersen
(1968-11-22) 22 November 1968 (age 48)
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Political party Venstre
Spouse(s) Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Sólrun Jákupsdóttir Løkke Rasmussen (born 22 November 1968) is the wife of the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.[1][2]

Early life and family[edit]

Rasmussen was born Sólrun Jákupsdóttir on 22 November 1968 in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. She is the daughter of chief physician Jákup Petersen and lecturer Bergljót av Skarði. Her mother's parents were the Tjóðveldi politician Sigurð Joensen and the writer Sigrið av Skarði, who was the daughter of the Faroese folk educationist and poet Símun av Skarði.

Rasmussen moved from the Faeroe Islands to Denmark to study medicine.[3] After her marriage to Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the birth of their children, Rasmussen ended her pre-medical training.[4] Rasmussen and her husband have 3 children.[3]

Career[edit]

From 1998 to 2005, Rasmussen was a city council member for Græsted-Gilleleje, representing the Venstre Party .[3] Beginning in 2001, Rasmussen studied education at Zahles Seminarian, earning a Teaching Certification in 2005.[3] Since 2005, Rasmussen has taught English, mathematics, physics and natural science at the Royal Danish Theatre's Laeseskolen in Copenhagen.[3][5]

Her husband assumed the position of Prime Minister on April 5, 2009.[3][6][7] When he was elected, there was some controversy in the Danish media over Sólrun Løkke Rasmussen's proper title. Rasmussen was sometimes described as "Førstedame" (First Lady), rather than Statsministerfrue (Wife of the Prime Minister), although Queen Margrethe II as head of state was considered Denmark's official first lady.[8][9]

In 2009, Rasmussen returned to politics and was elected to a council seat in Gribskov municipality for the Venstre Party.[10][11] In October 2009, she visited Liberia where she met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as representative for the Danish Refugee Council.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trine Munk Pedersen (April 5, 2009). "Portræt: Danmarks nye førstedame". Berlingske. Berlingske Media. 
  2. ^ Jeppe Laursen Brock (April 5, 2009). "Løkkes familie: Vi misunder ham ikke". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f *"Sådan er Danmarks nye førstedame" (in Danish). TV 2. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Sólrun - Danmarks nye førstedame", Kristeligt Dagblad, April 7, 2009
  5. ^ Danielsen , Rikke, (April 10, 2009). "Interview: Hunden får mere opmærksomhed end Lars" (in Danish). sondagsavisen a/s. Retrieved 2009-04-010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Løkkes kones store frygt: Lars Løkke som statsminister". B.T. (in Danish). Berlingske Media. March 22, 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mød Danmarks nye førstedame Sólrun", Interview, TV2, (tv2.dk), April 5, 2009
  8. ^ Thomsen, Per Bang, "Førstedame. Hedder det det i Danmark?", Jyllands-Posten, April 4, 2009
  9. ^ Her er Danmarks nye førstedame - og hun gider det ikke, B.T. (Berlinske Tidende), April 4, 2009
  10. ^ "Sólrun Løkke tilbage i kommunalpolitik", Dagbladet Børsen, 26 August 2009
  11. ^ Michael Frank Møller, "Sólrun Løkke Rasmussen: Mindre tid til børnene ", Se og Hør, 18 November 2009
  12. ^ "Statsministerfruen besøger Liberia, Kristeligt Dagblad, 14 October 2009