Vice-Prime Minister of Denmark

Vice-Prime Minister of Denmark (Danish: Vicestatsminister, lit.'Vice minister of state') is an office sometimes held by a minister in the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark. In the absence of the Prime Minister of Denmark, the Deputy Prime Minister takes over their functions, such as chairing the Cabinet of Denmark and participating in the Council of State.[1][2]

Vice-Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark
Vicestatsminister (Danish)
Troels Lund Poulsen
since 23 October 2023
Government of Denmark
StyleHis/Her Excellency (official)
Member ofCabinet
Council of State
Reports toPrime Minister
SeatChristiansborg Palace, Copenhagen
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Unofficial namesDeputy Prime Minister

The title used to be an informal description sometimes used, especially by the press, for the minister who is second in the order of precedence.

Traditionally, the minister of foreign affairs holds the second rank. It is only when the order of precedence deviates from this tradition, that number two is referred to as vicestatsminister. This happens in the unusual case when the leader of the second-largest coalition party is not minister of foreign affairs. In some cases the leader of the third-largest coalition party, who is as a matter of course third in precedence, has been called 2nd deputy prime minister (Danish: 2. vicestatsminister). This tradition goes back at least to 1957.[citation needed]

The position was formally established by Royal decree in the Frederiksen II Cabinet, with Venstre leader Jakob Ellemann-Jensen being appointed to the position, in addition to being Minister of Defence.[3][4] On 23 October 2023 he resigned and was replaced by Troels Lund Poulsen.[5][6]


No. Portrait Name
Term of office Party Cabinet
Took office Left office Time in office
1   Jakob Ellemann-Jensen
(born 1973)
15 December 2022 23 October 2023 312 days Venstre Frederiksen II
2   Troels Lund Poulsen
(born 1976)
23 October 2023 Incumbent 264 days Venstre Frederiksen II


  1. ^ Rehling, David (30 September 2011). "Vicevaffornoget?". Information. Archived from the original on 2021-06-08.
  2. ^ "Vicestatsminister - Simpel politik". Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  3. ^ Bohr, Jakob Kjøgx (2022-12-15). "Her er SVM-regeringens ministre - TV 2". (in Danish). Retrieved 2022-12-15.
  4. ^ The Prime Minister's Office. "Kongelig Resolution af 15. december 2022" [Royal Decree of 15 December 2022] (PDF). Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Jakob Ellemann trækker sig fra dansk politik - TV 2". (in Danish). 2023-10-23. Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  6. ^ "Ændringer i regeringen". Statsministeriet (in Danish). Retrieved 2023-10-23.