Henrik Dam Kristensen

Henrik Dam Kristensen (born 31 January 1957 in Vorbasse) is a Danish politician and the current speaker of the Danish parliament. He has been a member of the Danish parliament for the Social Democrats from 1990–2004 and again from 2007, during which he served as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (1994–1996), Minister for Food (1996–2000), Minister for Social Affairs (2000–2001), Minister for Transport (2011–2013) and Minister for Employment (2014–2015). He served as President of the Nordic Council in 2011 and 2016.

Henrik Dam Kristensen
Henrik Dam Kristensen (S) Danmark. Nordiska radets session i Helsingfors 2008-10-27.jpg
Speaker of the Folketing
In office
21 June 2019 – 1 November 2022
Preceded byPia Kjærsgaard
Succeeded bySøren Gade
Minister for Employment
In office
10 October 2014 – 28 June 2015
Preceded byMette Frederiksen
Succeeded byJørn Neergaard Larsen
Minister of Transport
In office
3 October 2011 – 9 August 2013
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
23 February 2000 – 27 November 2001
Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
27 September 1994 – 23 February 2000
Member of the Folketing
Assumed office
13 November 2007
ConstituencyEast Jutland
In office
12 December 1990 – 7 July 2004
Member of the European Parliament
for Denmark
In office
President of the Nordic Council
In office
In office
Personal details
Henrik Dam Kristensen

(1957-01-31) 31 January 1957 (age 66)
Vorbasse, Denmark
Political partySocial Democrats
SpouseBente Dam Kristensen


Kristensen was born in Vorbasse to Ove Dam Kristensen and Gudrun Dam Kristensen. From 1978 to 1986 he worked as a postman in Vorbasse, and also worked with the Danish Refugee Council from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990 he worked as a principal at a school. He is married to Bente Dam Kristensen.[1]

Political careerEdit

Kristenden was first elected to the Folketing in 1990, and reelected in 1994, 1998, and 2001. From 1996 to 2000 he was Minister of Food, until 2000, where he became Minister of Social Affairs. Kristensen ran in the 2004 European Parliament election and was elected as a member of the European Parliament. To perform in his new position, Kristensen resigned his seat in the Folketing. Margot Torp took over his seat. In the European Parliament, Kristensen sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South-East Europe.[2][3]

In 2006 Kristensen resigned his seat from the European Parliament, and the seat was taken over by Christel Schaldemose. He became the party secretary of the Social Democrats. He ran for the Folketing again in the 2007 Danish general election, where he was elected. He was reelected in 2011. On 3 October 2011 Kristensen was appointed to the post of Minister for Transport in the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and left office on 9 August 2013. On 10 October 2014 he again entered the cabinet, when he was appointed the position of Minister for Employment.[4][5][6]

Kristensen was reelected into the Folketing in the 2015 and 2019 elections. On 21 June 2019 Kristensen was appointed speaker of the Danish parliament, replacing Pia Kjærsgaard.[7]

In 2011 Denmark was to appoint a president of the Nordic Council and Kristensen was chosen. He was president again in 2016.[8]


  1. ^ "Henrik Dam Kristensen". Ft.dk. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  2. ^ "6th parliamentary term | Henrik Dam KRISTENSEN | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  3. ^ "Fem nye kommer i Folketinget". Politiken.dk. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Europa-Parlamentet, Danske kvinders repræsentation gennem 30 år, 1979-2009". Kvinfo.dk. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  5. ^ "The cabinet reshuffle: Who's in and who's out". The Copenhagen Post. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Changes in government". The Prime Ministers Office. 10 October 2014. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Henrik Dam Kristensen (S) valgt som Folketingets formand". Folketinget.dk. 21 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Henrik Dam Kristensen". Denstoredanske.lex.dk. Retrieved 1 June 2021.

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