Ida Auken

Ida Auken ( born April 22, 1978 in Valby ) is a Danish theologian and politician. She was from 3 October 2011 to February 3, 2014 Minister of Environment in the government of Prime Minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt. On 31 January 2014, it left the Socialist People's Party and joined the left-liberal party Venstre Det radicals.


The daughter of the SF- Europe parliamentarian Margrete Auken and the literary scholar Erik A. Nielsen grew up in a western suburb of Copenhagen. Part of her education she graduated from a middle school in the United States. After her graduation she held in 1998 under a voluntary year in Central America, mainly in Nicaragua, on. Then they began at the University of Copenhagen to study theology, which she completed in 2006. Two abroad semester she spent in Berlin.

As a theologian interested in Ida Auken from the beginning especially for the tension between religion and politics. In the fall of 2006, she ran at the University of Copenhagen held a seminar on contemporary identity between religion and politics. At the People's University of Copenhagen, an institution of adult education, she also taught among other things, political theology. Between 2005 and 2007 she worked as an editor in a small publishing company ALFA, which publishes theological literature. She has published several books himself to theological topics. In addition, she graduated as a registered theologian an internship as a hospital and a prison pastor.

At the age of 25 she joined in 2003 the Socialistisk Folkeparti at. Two years later, she ran for the general election in 2005 in the constituency Esbjergkreds, but without being elected. At the 2007 election she entered her home and moved to Valby as an election winner in the Folketing, the Danish parliament, a. There she was environmental policy in her party and also a member of the Energy Policy Committee and the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Parliament. Since October 3, 2011, she headed the Danish Ministry of Environment. After her party had resigned from the government, they met for the remaining small coalition partner, the left-wing liberals, over. On February 3, 2014 Ida Auken resigned from the post of Minister of the Environment. For successor Kirsten Brosbøl was appointed.

Ida Auken is married to the teacher Bent Meier Sørensen and mother of a son (* 2011). She is also a niece of the Danish politician Svend Auken.


  • Livet efter doden i de verde store religioner (2006)
  • Jesus går til film - Jesus figures i modern movie (2007)
  • Konstellationer - kirkerne og det Europæiske project (2007)