Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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Denmark's Social Democrats in historic election victory

16 September 2011 Last updated at 02:16 BST

Denmark's centre-left Social Democrats have claimed victory in the country's general election, ending nearly a decade in opposition.

Party leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt will become the country's first female prime minister, after campaigning on a platform of tax rises and increased public spending.

Thomas Buch-Andersen reports from Copenhagen.