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Egon Weidekamp

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Name  Egon Weidekamp
Role  Danish Politician
Died  April 26, 2000, Denmark

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Egon Weidekamp (March 14, 1921 – April 26, 2000) was a Danish politician and CEO of an insurance company.

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The political career of Weidekamp started in 1946 when he became the national leader of DSU, the youth branch of the Social Democratic Party, a position he held until 1950. In 1952 he was elected to the city council of Copenhagen for the Social Democratic Party, of which he became the president from 1970 to 1976. From 1976 to 1989, he held the office of Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.

The primary focus of Egon Weidekamp was to provide better apartments for the citizens of Copenhagen, primarily by renewing many of the worst apartments of the city.

Egon Weidekamp is perhaps best known for giving the rights to use Ungdomshuset on Jagtvej 69 (which was torn down in 2007) to the group of squatters called BZ-bevægelsen after many years of social unrest and riots. In 1982, he said in an interview to Danish tabloid newspaper B.T.: They get a house, and we get peace and quiet.

Egon Weidekamp also made the decision of closing the system of trams in the streets of Copenhagen. When resigning as lord mayor, Egon Weidekamp said that his two biggest regrets were the donation of Ungdomshuset and closing the tram system.

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Egon Weidekamp Wikipedia


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