Troels Lund Poulsen

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Troels Lund Poulsen

Troels Lund Poulsen (born 30 March 1976) is a Danish politician who has been Minister for Employment since 2016. He previously served as Minister for Education of Denmark in 2011 and as Minister for Commerce, Business and Growth from 2015 to 2016. Prior to that, he became Minister for the Environment following the 2007 Danish parliamentary election. He is member of the parliament for the party Venstre. From September 2006 to November 2007 Troels Lund Poulsen was the spokesman on political affairs for the party.

In late 2011, he became the center of a dispute regarding the disclosure of confidential documents in favor of discrediting the current Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her husband Stephen Kinnock due to their tax relations.[1] The affair happened in the 2011 Danish parliamentary election and involved the head of SKAT (The Danish tax agency) Copenhagen (Erling Andersen), the Permanent Secretary of State in the Ministry of Taxes (Peter Loft) and the spindoctor of Troels Lund Poulsen (Peter Arnfeldt).[2]

In the Danish media he is known as "Trolex", because he accepted a Rolex watch as a gift and thereby exploited his political position.


  1. ^ "Presset stiger på Troels Lund Poulsen" (in Danish). Danmarks Radio. 4 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Her er hovedpersonerne i skattesagen" (in Danish). Danish TV2. 4 December 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Hedegaard
Minister for the Environment
2007 - 2010
Succeeded by
Karen Ellemann
Preceded by
Kristian Jensen
Minister for Taxation of Denmark
2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
Peter Christensen
Preceded by
Tina Nedergaard
Minister for Education of Denmark
Succeeded by
Christine Antorini
Preceded by
Henrik Sass Larsen
Minister for Commerce, Business and Growth
Succeeded by
Brian Mikkelsen
Preceded by
Jørn Neergaard Larsen
Minister for Employment
Succeeded by