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Mette Frederiksen

27th and current prime minister of Denmark

Mette Frederiksen (born 19 November 1977) is a Danish Social Democrat politician. Frederiksen has been the 27th Prime Minister of Denmark since 27 June 2019. She has been a member of the Folketing since 2001.[1] She worked in Helle Thorning-Schmidt's government as Minister of Employment from 2011 to 2014, and as Minister of Justice from 2014 to 2015.

Mette Frederiksen

Mette Frederiksen - 2010.jpg
27th Prime Minister of Denmark
Assumed office
27 June 2019
MonarchMargrethe II
Preceded byLars Løkke Rasmussen
Leader of the Opposition
In office
28 June 2015 – 27 June 2019
MonarchMargrethe II
Prime MinisterLars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded byLars Løkke Rasmussen
Succeeded 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
Erik Harr
(m. 2003; div. 2014)
EducationAalborg University

On 28 June 2015, Frederiksen replaced Thorning-Schmidt as leader of the Social Democrats.[2]

After the 2019 general election, her party won an absolute majority of 94 out of 179 seats in the Folketing. She has been commissioned by Queen Margrethe II to lead the negotiations to form a new government. Frederiksen became the youngest Prime Minister in Danish history at the age of 41 on 27 June 2019.[3]


  1. "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. "Denmark's youngest prime minister to lead new government". Deutsche Welle. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.