Marianne Jelved
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
25 January 1993 – 27 September 1994
Prime MinisterPoul Nyrup Rasmussen
Minister of Economic Affairs and Nordic Cooperation
In office
27 September 1994 – 27 November 2001
Prime MinisterPoul Nyrup Rasmussen
Minister for Culture and Ecclesiastical Affairs
In office
6 December 2012 – 28 June 2015
Prime MinisterHelle Thorning-Schmidt
Member of the Folketing
Assumed office
21 September 1994
ConstituencyNorth Jutland
In office
8 December 1987 – 1 December 1993
ConstituencyNorth Jutland (1990-1993)
Roskilde (1987-1990)
Personal details
Born (1943-09-05) 5 September 1943 (age 78)
Charlottenlund, Denmark
Political partyDanish Social Liberal Party

Marianne Bruus Jelved (née Hirsbro, born 5 September 1943 in Aarhus) is a Danish politician, who is a member of the Folketing for the Danish Social Liberal Party. She was elected into parliament in the 1994 Danish general election and previously sat in parliament from 1987 to 1993. She is a former Minister of Economic Affairs, Nordic Cooperation, Culture and Ecclesiastical Affairs.[1]


Jelved is educated as a teacher and has a Master's degree in education from the Danish School of Education. She worked as a primary school teacher for 22 years.[1]

Political career

Jelved was in the municipal council of Gundsø Municipality from 1982 to 1989.[1]

She was elected to the Parliament of Denmark in 1987 for the Danish Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre). In 1990 she became political leader of the party. During the 1990s she served as Minister of Economic Affairs (1993–2001) and Minister for Nordic Cooperation (1994–2001) in two Social Democratic governments. In 2007 MP Naser Khader and MEP Anders Samuelsen broke away from the party in protest to form the New Alliance, today known as Liberal Alliance.[2] Jelved resigned as political leader in 2007 following a drop in opinion polls and criticism from within the party.[3][4] She remained an MP, serving as Minister of Culture from 2012–2015[5] and Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs from 2014–2015 in Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's three-way government coalition. As of the 2019 elections, she is the oldest member of parliament.[6]




  1. ^ a b c "Marianne Jelved". Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  2. ^ Kold, Lotte Flugt (2012-04-30). "Det Radikale Venstre". (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  3. ^ Petersen, Sami Don (2006-07-23). ""Verden forandrer sig - det har de Radikale opdaget"". (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  4. ^ Haahr, Ulla (2007-06-15). "Vestager ny radikal dronning". DR (in Danish). Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  5. ^ "Jelved bliver ny kulturminister". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05.
  6. ^ "Det nye Folketing: Kun 24 politikere er over 60 år". 11 June 2019.
Political offices Preceded byThor Pedersen Minister of Economic Affairs 1993 — 2001 Succeeded byBendt Bendtsen Preceded byFlemming Kofod-Svendsen Minister of Nordic Cooperation 1994 — 2001 Succeeded byBendt Bendtsen Preceded byUffe Elbæk Minister of Culture 2012 — 2015 Succeeded byBertel Haarder Preceded byManu Sareen Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs 2014 — 2015 Succeeded byBertel Haarder Party political offices Preceded byNiels Helveg Petersen Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party 1990 — 2007 Succeeded byMargrethe Vestager