K. B. Andersen

Knud Børge Andersen ( born December 1, 1914 in Copenhagen, † March 23, 1984 ) was a Danish social democratic politician.

Studies and professional activities

Andersen was after studying political science, first from 1935 to 1950 worked as a journalist in the state radio. There he was last from 1948 to 1950 head of programs. Subsequently, he was until 1957 Head of the Community College in Roskilde. Later, he was from 1962 to 1964 Chairman of the Social Democratic Teachers' Association AOF. In addition, he occasionally worked as an editor of the Socialist Party newspaper " Verdens Gang ".

Political career

In 1957 he was first elected to Parliament ( Folketing ) and represented there at first to 1970 and then again from 1973 to 1981, the interests of the Social Democratic Party ( Socialdemokraterne ). From January 1963 to September 1964 he was also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council.

From 1964 to 1968 he was Minister of Education in the cabinet of Jens Otto Krag. Of 11 October 1971 to 19 December 1973, he was the first foreign minister in the cabinets of Krag and Anker Jørgensen. During this term of office he retired during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council in December 1972 strongly criticized the British and U.S. Foreign Minister, Alec Douglas-Home and William P. Rogers and the NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns on, when Denmark other times of the upgrade NATO member states its defense budget slashed by eight percent.

From February 13 1975 to July 1, 1978, he was again foreign minister in the cabinet of Jørgensen. During this time he was in the first half of 1978 and President of the Council of the European Union. During this time he was relevant to the economic sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa involved. In addition, he was also a participant in the so-called " Bilderberg Conference ".

October 3, 1978 to December 8, 1981, he finally was speaker of the Folketing and party secretary of the Social Democratic Party.

Andersen was also a critic of the Danish political system during his political career. He blamed the large number of parties for the instability of the country and the difficulties in the formation of coalition governments.


  • Andersen, Knud Børge / Krag, Jens Otto Kamp og fornyelse: Socialdemokratiets indsats i dansk politiek 1955-1971.