Thor Pedersen

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Thor Pedersen
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Speaker of the Folketing
In office
28 November 2007 15 September 2011
Monarch Margrethe II
Preceded by Christian Mejdahl
Succeeded by Mogens Lykketoft
Finance Minister of Denmark
In office
27 November 2001 23 November 2007
Preceded by Pia Gjellerup
Succeeded by Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Personal details
Born (1945-06-14) 14 June 1945 (age 74)
Gentofte, Denmark
Political party Venstre
Alma mater University of Copenhagen

Thor Pedersen (born 14 June 1945) is former member of Folketinget. He was representing the Liberal party, Venstre. He was Finance Minister from 27 November 2001 to 23 November 2007 as part of the Cabinets of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I and II. He was a Member of Parliament ( Folketinget ) from 1985 to 2011 and served as Speaker from 28 November 2007 until 15 September 2011.

Venstre, full name Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti, is a conservative-liberal, agrarian political party in Denmark. Founded as part of a peasants' movement against the landed aristocracy, today it espouses an economically liberal pro-free market ideology.

The Finance Minister of Denmark is the head of the Ministry of Finance of Denmark, and a member of the Cabinet. As head of the ministry, the minister has responsibility for the ministry's tasks of administering the state finances via the fiscal policy, and making economic predictions and recommendations.


He was Minister of Housing from 12 March 1986 to 9 September 1987, Minister of the Interior from 10 September 1987 to 25 January 1993, Minister for Nordic Cooperation from 3 June 1988 to 18 November 1992 and Minister of Economic Affairs from 19 November 1992 to 25 January 1993.

Minister for Nordic Cooperation (Denmark) Danish minister

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He was a member of Helsinge Municipal Council from 1974 to 1986, where he was also mayor from 1978 to 1986.

Until 1 January 2007, Helsinge was a municipality in Frederiksborg County on the north coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. It had a total population of 19,473 (2005), but in the summer months the population grew to over 36.000 people. Its last mayor was Claus Lange, a member of the Venstre political party. The main town and the site of its municipal council was the town of Helsinge.

In many countries, a mayor is the highest-ranking official in a municipal government such as that of a city or a town.


Matriculated in mathematics, Frederiksborg State Upper Secondary School, 1964

Sergeant in the Royal Danish Life Guards, 1964–1966

Sergeant Military rank

Sergeant is a rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces. The alternate spelling, "serjeant", is used in The Rifles and other units that draw their heritage from the British Light Infantry. Its origin is the Latin "serviens", "one who serves", through the French term "sergent".

Master of Science in Economics, University of Copenhagen, 1978

Candidatus rerum politicarum (male), Candidata rerum politicarum (female), abbreviated cand.polit., is an academic degree in economics in Denmark and formerly an academic degree in all social sciences in Norway, including for example economics, psychology, sociology and political science.

University of Copenhagen public research university in Copenhagen, Denmark

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479 as a studium generale, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia after Uppsala University (1477). The university has 23,473 undergraduate students, 17,398 postgraduate students, 2,968 doctoral students and over 9,000 employees. The university has four campuses located in and around Copenhagen, with the headquarters located in central Copenhagen. Most courses are taught in Danish; however, many courses are also offered in English and a few in German. The university has several thousands of foreign students, about half of whom come from Nordic countries.

Other work

Thor Pedersen has worked extensively in private business, both in investment companies and as a board member of several Danish companies.

Board of directors board composed of directors

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Political offices
Preceded by
Niels Bollmann
Minister of Housing
12 March 1986 10 September 1987
Succeeded by
Flemming Kofod-Svendsen
Preceded by
Knud Enggaard
Interior Minister of Denmark
10 September 1987 25 January 1993
Succeeded by
Birte Weiss
Preceded by
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Minister of Economic Affairs of Denmark
19 November 1992 25 January 1993
Succeeded by
Marianne Jelved
Preceded by
Pia Gjellerup
Finance Minister of Denmark
27 November 2001 23 November 2007
Succeeded by
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by
Christian Mejdahl
Speaker of the Folketing
28 November 2007 15 September 2011
Succeeded by
Mogens Lykketoft