Poul Nyrup Rasmussen

 

Born: 15 June 1943 in Esbjerg, Denmark

 

Parents: Mr. Oluf Nyrup Rasmussen, who was a worker, a projectionist, a Jack-of-all-trades and always full of fun.
Mrs. Vera Eline Nyrup Rasmussen, who was a cleaner and the most devoted person I have ever known.

 

Married to Mrs. Lone Dybkjær, Danish MP and former MEP

 

Children: My sweet daughter Signe, who we lost the 20th August 1993. She was only 24 years old.
Fortunately, I am so lucky to have two stepdaughters, Mette and Lotte. On top of that, I am the grandfather of Mette's two lovely children, Lukas and Nikoline.


 

Education

 

1971
Master of Science in Economics from University of Copenhagen

 

1962
General Certificate of Education from Esbjerg State School

 

Professional background

 

1986-1988
Director of LD Pensions

 

1980-1986
Chief economist for The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, LO

 

1971-1980 
Economist for The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, LO

 

1965-1971
Student job in the Economic Council of the Labour Movement

 

1950-1965
Part-time jobs as a delivery boy, general worker, assistant in a dairy as well as different jobs on the harbour of Esbjerg. In Copenhagen, I did all kind of jobs while I studied - from counting traffic to lugging beers.

 


 

Political work

 

2004-2011
President of the Party of European Socialists (PES)

 

2004-2009
Member of the European Parliament

- Head of delegation for the Danish Social Democrats

- Member of the Bureau of the PES Group

- Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee

- Substitute-member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

 

2003-2007
President of the Global Progressive Forum

 

1993-2001
Prime Minister of Denmark

 

1992-2002
President of the Social Democratic Party (DK)

 

1987-1992
Vice-president of the Social Democratic Party (DK)

 

1988-2004
Member of Folketinget (the Danish Parliament)

- Chairman of the Industry Committee of Folketinget (1988-92)

- Chairman of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group (1992-93 and 2001-03)

 

1965-1970
National Secretary of the national federation of Frit Forum (a social democratic student organisation)

 

1961
Co-founder of the first Frit Forum association on Esbjerg Grammar School