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Born in Haarby, Denmark
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Danish politician and former Foreign Minister. Graduating university with a degree in economics in 1969, Uffe Ellemann-Jensen was employed as a reporter by newspaper Berlingske Aftenavis from 1967 to 1970. Between 1970 and 1975 he became a familiar face for TV viewers as a political reporter for TV-Avisen (1965). He was editor-in-chief of financial newspaper Børsen from 1975 to 1976. He then shifted careers and undertook politics. He became a member of the Danish parliament in 1977 for the Venstre party. He was a surprising choice for Minister of Foreign Affairs when Conservative Poul Schlüter formed his coalition government in 1982, but held the position until early 1993. The first years were controversial for him as he battled an alternative parliamentary majority in issues of NATO and The Cold War, but he came to be respected for his principles and good relations with Eastern Europe. Ellemann-Jensen was chairman of the Venstre party from 1984 to 1998 and was a major contender for the Prime Minister spot in the 1998 elections, but did not win. He was a Member of Parliament until 2001 and has since then focused on board posts in private and public institutions with regular contributions to public debate.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Brandt Nielsen

Spouse (1)

Alice Vestergaard (19 June 1971 - present) ( 4 children)

Trivia (7)

Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs (1982-1993)
When Irish rock band U2 visited Denmark in 1993 as part of their Zoo TV tour, lead singer Bono, as his alter ego Mac Phisto, called Uffe Ellemann Jensen on the phone but he wasn't home. Instead his wife, Alice Vestergaard, picked up. She then hung up thinking that it was a prank call.
Member of the Danish parliament, Folketinget, from 1977 to 2001 for Denmark's liberal party, Venstre.
Leader of Denmark's liberal party, Venstre, from 1984 to 1998.
Worked as a journalist for several newspaper and the Danish Broardcasting Corporation, Danmarks Radio, before becoming a politician.
His father, Jens Peter Jensen, was editor of the financial newspaper Børsen and a member of Folketinget for Denmark's liberal party, Venstre.
In 1998 he was very close to becoming Prime Minister of Denmark. When the votes were counted he had the support of 89 members of parliament. His opponent, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, was supported by 90 members of parliament. Their battle to become Prime Minister can be seen in the TV documentary Kandidaterne (1998).

Personal Quotes (2)

Statistics are like a bikini - they show a lot but hide the essentials.
"If you can't join them, beat them." - Said at the first EEC summit after Denmark had won the European Championships in football on June 26th 1992 - just 24 days after voting no to the Maastricht Treaty.

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