Marianne Jensen (politician)

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Benedikt Sofie Johanne Marianne Jensen (née Kristensen ; born November 26, 1949 in Ilulissat ) is a Greenlandic politician ( Siumut ) and teacher .


Marianne was born as the daughter of sales assistant Niels Kristensen (1904–1971) and his wife Birgithe Tobiassen (1905–1988). She was the youngest of ten children and attended boarding school in Nuuk from 1961 . She had top grades, which enabled her to be the first Greenlander to take part in the American Field Service program at the age of 16 . She was staying with a family in the US state of Oklahoma . She graduated from high school there in 1967 and moved to Denmark , where she graduated from high school in Gladsaxe in 1970 . She then began to study French and medicine at the University of Copenhagen , but returned to Greenland in 1973. a. because of her father's death. There she became a part-time teacher at Atuarfik Mathias Storch and Atuarfik Jørgen Brønlund , the two primary schools in Ilulissat.

On April 12, 1979 she married the Danish personnel manager Søren Peter Jensen (* 1946) from Holstebro , son of the patient carrier Arthur Juul Søren Christian Jensen , from 1982 to 1985 mayor of the Holstebro municipality , and Marie Elisabeth Jacobsen. The three sons Karl Kristian (* 1979), Jeppe (* 1980) and Carsten (* 1985) emerged from the marriage, which was divorced in 1999. In 1981 she began distance learning at the state seminar in Jelling , which she graduated as the best of the year in 1985, and was subsequently employed at the Atuarfik Mathias Storch and in 1988 appointed senior teacher .

The decision to run for local elections arose in 1989 out of their political interest. She immediately received the most votes of all candidates and thus became the first female mayor of the Ilulissat municipality . After the parliamentary elections in Greenland in 1991 , she was elected Minister for Culture, Education and the Church. In May 1992, the research and Nordic cooperation departments were added. On the occasion of her appointment as minister, she gave up the office of mayor and was succeeded by Ole Dorph in the community . Among other things, she planned to build the Katuaq , the cultural center in Nuuk, which began to be built in 1994 . In 1995 she was first elected to the Inatsisartut . She also became Minister again, this time for Health, Education, Research and Nordic Cooperation. In the following years the criticism of her work began to grow until she finally withdrew from politics at the end of the legislative period - also due to her marital problems.

In 1996 she was made a knight of the Dannebrog Order.

Individual evidence

  1. List of the mayors of the Holstebro municipality at
  2. Vil ikke spilde tid på snak in the Atuagagdliutit of May 17, 1989
  3. Biography in Dansk Kvindebiografisk Leksikon