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Here is Denmark’s new Social Democrat government

Incoming prime minister Mette Frederiksen presented on Thursday the list of ministers who will form her new government.

Here is Denmark’s new Social Democrat government
The new government is presented at Amalienborg Palace. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe / Ritzau Scanpix

A minority Social Democrat government will lead Denmark after agreement was reached earlier this week with three allied parties on the left of the Danish parliament.

The government includes 11 members of parliament who have previous experience as ministers, and two new ministers who are not elected MPs.

The two ministers from outside of parliament are Joy Mogensen, lord mayor of Roskilde; and Jeppe Kofod, who is a member of the European parliament.

Kofod, who will take over as foreign minister, was interviewed by The Local prior to the European elections in May. Mogensen will serve as Minister for Culture and Ecclesiastical Affairs.

READ ALSO: The Local's interview with new Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod

Mattias Tesfaye, who was the Social Democrats’ spokesperson on immigration in opposition, takes the post of Minister for Immigration and Integration from the outgoing Inger Støjberg.

Other key appointments include Nicolai Wammen as finance minister and Nick Hækkerup, who will be Minister of Justice, taking over respectively from Kristian Jensen and Søren Pape Poulsen, two high-profile figures in the previous government.

Dan Jørgensen, a former minister for food and the environment, will be Denmark’s new Minister for Climate and Energy.

“We have committed to a 70 percent CO2 emissions reduction by 2030. We will be one of the most ambitious countries in the world in this area. It will be a huge job,” Jørgensen said.

The full list of new ministers can be found on the Danish government's website.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about Denmark's new government agreement

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Denmark’s youthful new government has almost twice as many male ministers as female

The average age of Denmark’s new government is, at 41, the same as its leader Mette Frederiksen. There is a clear majority of male ministers.

Denmark’s youthful new government has almost twice as many male ministers as female
Denmark's seven female ministers. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe / Ritzau Scanpix

Named by 41-year-old prime minister Frederiksen on Thursday, the average age of all new ministers is 41.8.

The oldest minister is Mogens Jensen, 55, who has been given the portfolio of Food, Fisheries and Equality. The youngest team member is 33-year-old Simon Kollerup, the new business minister.

After the 2015 election, the government named by former PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen had an average age of 50, while the government formed by Helle Thorning-Schmidt in 2011 had an average age of 42.8, Jyllands-Posten reports.

Frederiksen herself is Denmark’s youngest prime minister since the country switched to a democratic system of government in 1848-49.

“By giving important ministerial posts to (immigration minister) Mattias Tesfaye, (social and interior minister) Astrid Kragh and (climate and energy minister) Dan Jørgensen, (Frederiksen) is showing she values the younger forces which have characterized the party with her as leader,” Aalborg University election researcher Johannes Andersen told Fagbladet 3F.

But Frederiksen was also criticized for giving only 7 of the 20 ministerial posts, or 35 percent, to women.

That compares to 40 percent in the coalition put together by Rasmussen in November 2016 and 29 percent after the 2015 election. When Rasmussen first formed a government in 2010, 47 percent of his ministers were women, Politiken writes.

In the most recent Social Democrat-led government, Thorning-Schmidt’s from a 2014 reshuffle, 40 percent of ministers were women.

Pia Olsen Dyhr, leader of the Socialist People’s Party (SF), one of three left-wing parties who agreed the basis for the new government with Frederiksen earlier this week, expressed her disappointment with the ministerial gender distribution.

“A shame to see a share of just 35 percent women in the new government! But positive to have a female prime minister,” Dyhr tweeted.

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