Pauli Ellefsen

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Pauli Ellefsen
Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
In office
5 January 1981 10 January 1985
Monarch Margrethe II
Preceded by Atli P. Dam
Succeeded byAtli P. Dam
Personal details
Joen Pauli Højgaard Ellefsen

20 April 1936
Miðvágur, Vágar, Faroe Islands
Died24 August 2012(2012-08-24) (aged 76)
Hoyvík, Faroe Islands
Political party Sambandsflokkurin
Spouse(s)Henni Egholm

Joen Pauli Højgaard Ellefsen (20 April 1936 [1] – 24 August 2012) was a Faroese politician and member of the Union Party. He was Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands from 1981 to 1985. [2]

Pauli Ellefsen was the eldest of eight children born to Sofia (née Højgaard) from Rituvík and Joen Elias Ellefsen from Miðvágur. He was the brother of former Parliament member Svend Aage Ellefsen, and brother-in-law of former parliament member Jóannes Dalsgaard. He was married to Henni Egholm (née Rasmussen). He and his wife lived in Hoyvík, near Tórshavn.

Ellefsen worked as a fisherman from 1954 to 1956. After that, he worked as a telecommunications technician and later he attended a business school in Copenhagen. In 1969, he became a government surveyor. He lived in Denmark while he was studying and a few years after that, but in the early 1970s, he moved back to the Faroes with his family. He and Jógvan Sundstein, who later became Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, worked together as Chartered Accountants. In 1975 he started his own auditor firm. [3]

Ellefsen was first elected to the Løgting in 1974. From 1974 to 1990 he was the chairman of the Union Party, which advocates a stronger bond between Denmark and the Faroe Islands. From 1977 to 1987 and 1988 to 1990 he was one of the two Faroese members of the Danish Folketing. From 1975 to 1976 and in 1979 he represented the Faroese in the Nordic Council.


Ellefsen was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog, Knight 1st Class (Ridder af 1. grad) on 7 May 1984. [4]

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  1. Folketinget (in Danish). J. H. Schultz bogtr. 1988. p. 125. ISBN   978-87-569-6636-8.
  2. 26-08-2012 06:45. "Tíðindi, ítróttur og mentan - Pauli Ellefsen deyður". Retrieved 2012-08-26.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3., Ein av teimum stóru er farin (in Faroese, it means "One of the great ones has passed away", written by Edmund Joensen. Archived 2013-04-12 at
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Political offices
Preceded by
Atli Dam
Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Succeeded by
Atli Dam