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 75)
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.


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.

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


Matriculated in mathematics, Frederiksborg State Upper Secondary School, 1964

Sergeant in the Royal Danish Life Guards, 1964–1966

Master of Science in Economics, University of Copenhagen, 1978

Other work

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Niels Bollmann
Minister of Housing
Succeeded by
Flemming Kofod-Svendsen
Preceded by
Knud Enggaard
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Birte Weiss
Preceded by
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Minister of Economic Affairs
Succeeded by
Marianne Jelved
Preceded by
Pia Gjellerup
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Preceded by
Christian Mejdahl
Speaker of the Folketing
Succeeded by
Mogens Lykketoft