Lower secondary examination (Odense Friskole, 1971). Police Academy (1975-1978). Higher commercial examination course in accounting and business administration (Tietgen Business College, Odense, 1987-1988). Employee of the Copenhagen Police (1975-1980); police inspector, Odense (1980-1984); detective inspector, Odense (1984-1988).
Vice-Chairman of the Odense Criminal Police Association (1986-1994). Political leader of Det Konservative Folkeparti (Conservative People's Party) (1999-2008); Chairman of Det Konservative Folkeparti (2000-2008). Vice-Chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU) (2005-).
Member of Odense city council (1990-1999); policy spokesman in Odense city council (1994-1999). Member of the Danish Parliament for Det Konservative Folkeparti (1994-2009).
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic and Business Affairs (2001-2008).
Member of the Internal Market Council (2001-2008); Chairman of the Internal Market Council (2002). Vice-Chairman of the Globalisation Council (2005-2006).
Decorations: Denmark: Commander 1st Degree of the Order of the Dannebrog (2008), Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog (2002). Sweden: Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Swedish Order of the Northern Star (2007). Mexico: Order of the Aztec Eagle (2009). Brazil: Grand Cross (2007). Belgium: Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (2002). Germany: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2002). Schuman Medal from the European Parliament's PPE-DE Group (2003).
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