Christine Antorini

Christine Antorini
Minister of Education
In office
3 October 2011  28 June 2015
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Preceded by Troels Lund Poulsen
Succeeded by Ellen Trane Nørby
Personal details
Born (1965-05-23) 23 May 1965
Jyllinge, Denmark
Political party Socialist People's Party
(Before 2005)
Social Democrats
Alma mater Aarhus University
Roskilde University

Christine Edda Antorini (born 23 May 1965 in Jyllinge) is a Danish politician for the Social Democrats, formerly for the Socialist People's Party. From 2011 to 2015 she was the Minister of Education in the Cabinet of Helle Thorning-Schmidt.[1]

Education and civil career

Antorini was born in Jyllinge, near Copenhagen, where her mother was a teacher and her father a dairyman.[2][3] Her mother was from the Italian part of Switzerland and Antorini was brought up in the Catholic faith.[4]

She studied political science at Århus University 1985-1987 and public administration at Roskilde University 1989-1994, obtaining a Candidate degree.[2]

She headed the secretariat of an independent office for consumer information 1999-2003, was anchorwoman in Danish Radio 2003-2004 and worked for the Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees, part of Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, 2004-2005.[2]

Political career

Antorini was a member of the executive board of the Youth of the Socialist People's Party became a member of the executive board for the Socialist People's Party in 1988. In 1991, she became deputy leader for the party, a position she held to 1998. From 1998 to 1999 she was a member of the Folketing for the Socialist People's Party from Eastern Copenhagen electoral district.[2]

She was elected again to the Folketing in the general election, 2005, this time representing the Social Democrats and subsequently re-elected in the 2007 election and the 2011 election. She was among other things the Social Democrats' spokesperson on education. The 2011 election brought the Social Democrats to power in a coalition cabinet led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Antorini was named Minister of Children and Education 3 October 2011, with the inclusion of children in the Minister of Education's portefolio being a novelty. In a cabinet reshuffle on 9 August 2013, the position was again called Minister of Education.[2]

She has been a member of a number of committees, boards and think-thanks; several related to education and science.[2]

Christine Antorini was one of two Danish nominees for EU Commissioner in August 2014.[5]

Personal life

Antorini is twice divorced. She has two children from her first marriage. Her second marriage was to sociologist Henrik Dahl.[1][4]



  1. 1 2 Christine Antorini (Danish) Den Store Danske. Retrieved 21 July 2014
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Christine Antorini (S) (Danish) (archived at Webcite). Retrieved 21 July 2014
  3. Antorini, Christine CV in English. Retrieved 21 July 2014
  4. 1 2 Det religiøse er højpotent (Danish) Kristeligt Dagblad. Retrieved 21 July 2014 (Archived at WebCite)
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Preceded by
Troels Lund Poulsen
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Ellen Trane Nørby
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