Orla Møller

Orla Reinhardt Møller (7 May 1916 – 14 February 1979) was a Danish priest and politician who served in different cabinet posts in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a member of the Social Democrats and of the Parliament between 1964 and 1977.

Orla Møller
Minister of Justice
In office
13 February 1975 – 1 October 1977
Prime MinisterAnker Jørgensen
Preceded byNathalie Lind
Succeeded byErling Johannes Jensen
Minister of Defence
In office
13 February 1975 – 1 October 1977
Prime MinisterAnker Jørgensen
Preceded byErling Brøndum
Succeeded byPoul Søgaard
In office
27 September 1973 – 19 December 1973
Prime MinisterAnker Jørgensen
Preceded byKjeld Olesen
Succeeded byErling Brøndum
Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs
In office
28 November 1966 – 2 February 1968
Prime MinisterJens Otto Krag
Preceded byBodil Koch
Succeeded byArne Fog Pedersen
Member of the Folketing
In office
5 April 1964 – 1 October 1977
Personal details
Orla Reinhardt Møller[1]

7 May 1916
Feldballe, Mols, Denmark
Died14 February 1979(1979-02-14) (aged 62)
Political partySocial Democrats

Early lifeEdit

Møller was born in Feldballe, Mols, on 7 May 1916.[2][3] He was educated as a priest.[4] In 1951 he became general secretary of the Christian Association for Young Men and Women.[4]


From 1956 and 1965 Møller worked as a parish priest in Hasseris, North Jutland.[4] In 1964 he was elected to the Parliament for the Social Democrats and served there until 1977.[4][5] He was the minister of ecclesiastes affairs in Prime Minister Jens Otto Krag's second cabinet between 28 November 1966 and 2 February 1968.[3][4] From 1971 to 1973 he was the political spokesman and chairman of the Social Democrats' parliamentary group.[4]

On 27 September 1973 he was named as the minister of justice to the first cabinet of Anker Jørgensen.[4] He was in office until 19 December 1973.[3] On 13 February 1975 Møller was appointed the minister of defense and justice in the second cabinet of Anker Jørgensen.[3][6] On 1 October 1977 Møller resigned from the office due to the media reports about his private life.[2][3] In January 1978 he began to work as the director of NATO's Information Office in Brussels.[4]

Personal life and deathEdit

Møller married twice. He first married in 1940.[2] After divorcing his first wife on 7 January 1978 he married Winnie Lorentzen who would become a member of the Parliament.[2] He died on 14 February 1979.[2]


  1. ^ "Orla Møller". gravsted.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e Vagn Dybdahl (13 May 2014). "Orla Møller" (in Danish). Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Orla Møller (S)". Folketinget. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Orla Møller, 1916-1979" (in Danish). Danmarks Historien. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  5. ^ Niels Kærgård (2015). "The Entanglement between Religion and Politics in Denmark". In Michael Böss (ed.). Bringing Culture Back In: Cultural Diversity, Religion, and the State. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-87-7184-120-6.
  6. ^ "Danish Prime Minister Shuffles 3‐Month‐Old Minority Government". The New York Times. Copenhagen. Reuters. 2 October 1977. Retrieved 19 July 2022.

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