Former Danish PM Anker Jorgensen Dies Aged 93

Anker Jorgensen, Denmark’s prime minister between 1972 and 1973 and again between 1975 and 1982, died on Sunday aged 93. Jorgensen’s time in power was characterised by a sluggish economy and rising unemployment, and although popular, he was criticised for not doing enough to reform the economy.

Anker Jorgensen

Anker Jorgensen

  • He first became prime minister in 1972 after Denmark in a referendum had voted yes to joining the European Economic Community, of which it became a member the following year.
  • Known for his unpretentious and down-to-earth style, the former shipyard and warehouse worker began his political career in the country’s trade unions.
  • Throughout his tenure he continued to live with his wife and four children in an apartment in a working class district of Copenhagen.

Anker Jorgensen

  • Between 1972 and 1981 he led five cabinets as Prime Minister.
  • He led or represented the Social Democratic Party for well over 30 years.
  • He has been described as not having the image of a strong or visionary leader, but through his down-to-earth and earnest demeanor he managed to maintain a wide support for the Danish welfare state in the population.
  • In 1992 he was chosen to travel to Iraq to negotiate the release of a group of Danish hostages with Saddam Hussein, a task which he successfully accomplished.


  • Capital : Copenhagen
  • Currency : Danish Krone
  • Official Language : Danish
  • Prime Minister :  Lars Løkke Rasmussen

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