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Thorkild Simonsen (born 7 July 1926) is a Danish politician and member of the Social Democrats. He was mayor of Århus municipality from 1982 to 1997 and Interior Minister of Denmark from 1997 to 2000 in the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen III and IV.

Denmark Constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a sovereign state in Northern Europe. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. The southernmost of the Scandinavian nations, Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

The Social Democrats, officially the Social Democratic Party or simply Social Democracy, is a social-democratic political party in Denmark.

Simonsen was a member of Århus city council from 1966 to 1997 and mayor from 1 January 1982 to 1997, when he left the position to become Minister of Interior Affairs. Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen had called for a tightening of the laws on immigration and refugee issues that the previous minister Birte Weiss refused to implement and caused her to resign in protest. [1] Although Simonsen was not a member of parliament, he was the problem solver that Nyrup Rasmussen hoped would be able to bring greater clarity to the government's policy on the immigration and refugee issues, issues on which the government had received considerable criticism in particular by the Danish People's Party. [1]

Prime Minister of Denmark position

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Birte Weiss is a Danish journalist and social democrat politician, who served in various capacities in the government of Denmark. She now works as a journalist for the newspaper Weekendavisen.

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  1. 1 2 Skou, Kaare R. (2005). Dansk politik A-Å ‹See Tfd› (in Danish). Aschehoug, pp. 608-609. ISBN   87-11-11652-8.
Political offices
Preceded by
Birte Weiss
Interior Minister of Denmark
20 October 1997 – 23 February 2000
Succeeded by
Karen Jespersen
Preceded by
Orla Hyllested
Mayor of Aarhus
1982–1997
Succeeded by
Flemming Knudsen