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Denmark's first female PM: Your views

  • 16 September 2011
  • From the section Europe
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Denmark's centre-left has won the country's general election, ending nearly a decade in opposition.

Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt won a narrow majority in parliament.

BBC website readers in and from Denmark have been reacting to gaining their first female prime minister as the "Blue Bloc" led by Lars Lokke Rasmussen admitted defeat.

Gregers Larsen, in Fredensborg

I moved to Denmark with my American family almost seven years ago.

This is a major disaster. In Denmark we have more people not working than working. This government actually has plans to raise taxes and increase entitlement programmes.

We are already running a deficit and there is absolutely no indication of where the money is going to come from. Helle is talking about working 12 minutes more a day which is a complete joke. She has not been able through the whole campaign to explain who will work 12 minutes more and why - that just creates less jobs.

The new government is a coalition of parties from the extreme left (as close as you can get to communism without calling yourself communists) to slightly right of the middle. They do not stand a chance.

The irony is that the party of the former Prime Minister Venstre, is the election's winner and is now the largest party. The main players in the new government both lost seats in the house - go figure.

As one Danish newspaper headline reads: The Victory of the Losers! I think this is a sad day for Denmark.

Martin Solgaard Andersen, in London

As a Dane I chose to leave my country a few years ago.

Officially it was to embark upon a postgraduate degree in London, England but unofficially I wanted to escape the growing sense of socially acceptable racism and bigotry in the country. I therefore followed the results with great interest via the internet.

Hopefully this new government will bring us out of the shadow that was imposed by the former government with the help of the Danish People's Party (DPP) and not allow the racism to flourish anymore.

Everyone in my immediate family voted for the "Blue bloc".

I have already had a few run-ins with my siblings who along with friends of a similar political persuasion are either busy painting a bleak future for Denmark or predicting a short-lived government under Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

It will be interesting to see how Denmark tries to steer clear of the dip back into recession using the exact opposite approach as the austerity measures adopted here in the UK by David Cameron.

Alan Matthews, in Virum

It is a strange anomaly of Danish politics. Her party had their worst election results in 100 years. The party of the former prime minister is the largest.

They basically managed to get through the campaign with vague promises and the support of a party that has more in common, with regards to policies, with the previous government!

In fact they signed an agreement that will reduce benefits and raise retirement age with the government a few weeks before the election.

They have promised not to revoke this which means the new government does not have the majority to stop it going through. Hopefully they can stop the tax rises and increased spending the left want.

The make up of the parties backing the new government is such that it is very difficult to see the Social Democrats (S) and the Socialist Folkeparty (SF) being able to keep their main election promises.

It looks like a very interesting period in Danish politics. It may also be a very hard time to make progress.

Jakob Svendsen, in Vallensbæk

I voted for the Liberal Alliance (LA). Mr. Rasmussen's party was formerly the "Danish Liberal Party" but in their term they have passed a huge amount of laws, petty regulations and decrease of personal freedom.

I prefer the previous alternative, than the one we are facing now.

The election of Ms Thorning-Schmidt is an expression of a need of change, rather than strong financial and reliable statements.

I was shocked to see the "Red Bloc" plan for financial politics - in any common sense business the plans are speculative and would not pass the board.

Well, the "positive side" from my point of view is that the Liberal Alliance has grown with four mandates.

Rasmussen's right wing party grew with one (it is now the biggest party in Denmark).

The Social Democrats actually lost one mandate (worst election since 1903), and DDP has lost three - I must say I was never fond of the DDP influence.

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