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Poul Schluter

Poul Schlüter
Poul Schluter portrait 2005.jpg
Schlüter in May 2005
22nd Prime Minister of Denmark

10 September 1982 - 25 January 1993
MonarchMargrethe II
Anker Jørgensen
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Justice Minister of Denmark

3 October 1989 - 5 October 1989
Hans Peter Clausen
Hans Engell
Leader of the Conservative People's Party

Erik Ninn-Hansen
Henning Dyremose
Member of the European Parliament

9 June 1994 - 10 June 1999
Personal details
Born(1929-04-03)3 April 1929
Tønder, Denmark
Died27 May 2021(2021-05-27) (aged 92)
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Political partyConservative People's Party
Spouse(s)Majken Steen-Andersen
Lisbeth Schlüter
Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen

Poul Holmskov Schlüter (Danish pronunciation: ['pwl 'h?lmsk?w 'slyt?]; 3 April 1929 - 27 May 2021)[1][2] was a Danish politician who served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 1982 to 1993.[3][4][5] He was the first member of the Conservative People's Party to become Prime Minister, as well as the first conservative to hold the office since 1901. Schlüter was a member of the Folketing (Danish parliament) for the Conservative People's Party from 1964 to 1994. He was also Chairman of the Conservative People's Party from 1974 to 1977 and from 1981 to 1993.

Early life

Born in Tønder, south Jutland, he graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1957 with a degree in law, and joined the bar in 1960.

Political career

Poul Schlüter and Lisbeth Schlüter with President Reagan and Nancy Reagan in Cross Hall, 10 September 1985.

In 1964, Schlüter was elected to the Folketing for the Conservative People's Party. He was elected leader of the Conservatives from 1974, defeating Erik Ninn-Hansen. Though he lost the position in 1977, he regained it two years later.

In 1982, after Prime Minister Anker Jørgensen was forced to resign, Schlüter cobbled together a four-party coalition and was appointed his successor. During his time as Prime Minister, he was named "Nordic Politician of the Year" (in 1984). He was subsequently granted a large number of Danish and international awards and medals.

Previously, he had served as a member of the Council of Europe from 1971 to 1974, and had headed the Danish Delegation to the Nordic Council, where he served as a member of the Council Presidium, in 1978 and 1979. He retired as Prime Minister in 1993 after an inquiry found that he had misinformed the Danish Parliament. The case was known as the Tamil Case (Danish: Tamilsagen), as it involved asylum requests from Tamil refugees.[6]

When Schlüter resigned in 1993, he attempted to have Uffe Ellemann Jensen (Venstre) appointed acting prime minister until the Conservative Henning Dyremose could take over. The attempt was dropped as royal cabinet secretary Niels Eilschou Holm considered the maneuver unconstitutional. Instead, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (Social Democrats) was appointed prime minister following a "Queen's round".[7]

On 21 July 1989, while still prime minister, he married the Danish ballet dancer Anne Marie Vessel.[8]

Following his retirement as Prime Minister in 1993, Schlüter served as a member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 1999, the first three years as Vice-President of the body.

Other ventures

In 2003, Schlüter was appointed by the Swedish Minister of Co-operation as her special envoy to promote freedom of movement in the Nordic countries. Schlüter was to work on ways of increasing individual freedom of movement and present specific proposals to the Nordic Council Session in October 2003.

In 2004, Schlüter co-founded the first Danish free-market think tank CEPOS, and gave the opening speech at CEPOS' opening reception at the Hotel D'Angleterre in Copenhagen.[9]


National honours

Foreign honours


  • Schlüter, Poul (1999). Sikken et liv [What a Life]. autobiography (in Danish). Aschehoug. ISBN 8711113197.


  1. ^ Profile of Poul Schlüter
  2. ^ Poul Schlüter er død (in Danish)
  3. ^ Poul Schlüter Den Store Danske, Gyldendals åbne encyclopædi
  4. ^ "DECISION FOR EUROPE; Danes Will Vote Again on Europe, But Treaty May See Some Changes". The New York Times. 23 September 1992. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "EU gravy train must run to new timetable". The Independent. UK. 8 November 1996. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Thi kendes for ret. Dokument. Rigsrettens dom over forhenværende justitsminister Erik Ninn- Hansen afsagt 22. juni 1995. Weekendavisen, 23 June 1995, 1._sektion, Side 3
  7. ^ Klarskov, Kristian (26 May 2020). "Da ambassadøren måtte råbe ad USA: »Hm, det var ikke helt oppe i 'fuck', vel. Men det var noget i retning af: 'Hvad fanden tænker I på?«". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Harding, Merete. "Poul Schlüter" (in Danish). Gyldendal: Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Poul Schlüter". Biography (in Danish). CEPOS. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b c 3 orders worn by Poul 24 March 2017
  11. ^ a b c 1 danish and 2 foreign orders worn by Poul 24 March 2017

Further reading

  • Wilsford, David, ed. Political leaders of contemporary Western Europe: a biographical dictionary (Greenwood, 1995) pp. 401-5.

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Anker Jørgensen
Prime Minister of Denmark
Succeeded by
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

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