Frank Jensen (born 28 May 1961) is a Danish politician of the Danish Social Democrats who has been serving as Lord Mayor of Copenhagen since 1 January 2010. He was Minister for Research 27 September 1994 to 30 December 1996 in the Cabinet of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen II and Justice Minister from 30 December 1996 to 27 November 2001 in the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen III and IV.

Frank Jensen
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Jensen in 2010
Mayor of Copenhagen
Assumed office
1 January 2010
DeputyAnne Vang
Preceded byRitt Bjerregaard
Deputy Leader of the Social Democrats
Assumed office
28 June 2015
LeaderMette Frederiksen
Preceded byMogens Jensen
Minister of Justice
In office
30 December 1996 – 27 November 2001
Prime MinisterPoul Nyrup Rasmussen
Preceded byBjorn Westh
Succeeded byLene Espersen
Minister of Research
In office
27 September 1994 – 30 December 1996
Prime MinisterPoul Nyrup Rasmussen
Preceded byA.O Anderson
Succeeded byJytte Hilden
Personal details
Born (1961-05-28) 28 May 1961 (age 58)
Ulsted, Denmark
Political partySocial Democrats
Spouse(s)Jane Frimand Pedersen
Alma materAalborg University

Early life and educationEdit

Jensen is an educated economist and holds a master's degree in economics from Aalborg University which he received in 1986.[1]


When Mogens Lykketoft resigned as leader of the Social Democrats after losing the 2005 Danish parliamentary election, Jensen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt were the two candidates to succeed him. The party members voted on 12 April 2005, electing Thorning-Schmidt as leader with 24,261 votes (53%) against 21,348 votes (47%) for Frank Jensen.

In May 2015, Jensen banned all 45,000 city employees from flying with budget airline Ryanair for official business.[2]

Jensen is author of several scientific papers and articles. In 2018 he stated on the online magazine that Copenhagen has decreased its CO2 emissions by 40% since 2005.[3]

Other activitiesEdit


  1. ^ "Om Frank Jensen" [About Frank Jensen] (in Danish). Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  2. ^ Amey, Katey (18 May 2015). "Copenhagen mayor bans all city employees from using Ryanair for official travel over claims of low wages and poor working conditions". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
  3. ^ "Copenhagen wants to inspire cities to take climate action". Impakter. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  4. ^ Board of Directors Rockwool Fonden.

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Political offices
Preceded by
A.O. Andersen
Minister for Research
1994 – 1996
Succeeded by
Jytte Hilden
Preceded by
Bjørn Westh
Justice Minister of Denmark
1996 – 2001
Succeeded by
Lene Espersen
Preceded by
Ritt Bjerregaard
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen
1 January 2010–present