|Party Social Democrats|
Name Christine Antorini
|Succeeded by Ellen Trane Norby|
Preceded by Troels Lund Poulsen
Children Thor Dahl, Sofie Dahl
|Born 23 May 1965 (age 50)
Jyllinge, Denmark (1965-05-23) |
Political party Socialist People's Party (Before 2005) Social Democrats (2005–present)
Alma mater Aarhus University Roskilde University
Role Minister of Education of Denmark
Spouse Henrik Dahl (m. 2003–2008)
Parents Myriam Antorini Jorgensen, Keld Jorgensen
Education Roskilde University (1989–1994), Aarhus University (1985–1987)
Similar People Henrik Dahl, Mette Frederiksen, Pernille Rosenkrantz‑Theil, Helle Thorning‑Schmidt, Nick Haekkerup
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Building a Better Folkeskole: Reforming the Danish Education System
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.
- Building a Better Folkeskole Reforming the Danish Education System
- Education and civil career
- Political career
- Personal life
Education and civil career
Antorini was born in Jyllinge, near Copenhagen, where her mother was a teacher and her father a dairyman. Her mother was from the Italian part of Switzerland and Antorini was brought up in the Catholic faith.
She studied political science at Århus University 1985-1987 and public administration at Roskilde University 1989-1994, obtaining a Candidate degree.
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.
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.
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.
She has been a member of a number of committees, boards and think-thanks; several related to education and science.
Christine Antorini was one of two Danish nominees for EU Commissioner in August 2014.
Antorini is twice divorced. She has two children from her first marriage. Her second marriage was to sociologist Henrik Dahl.