Minister for Senior Citizens

Mette Kierkgaard

Photographer: Marie Hald        


Minister for Senior Citizens
Member of Parliament
Member of the Moderates

  • Minister for Senior Citizens as of December 15th, 2022
  • Member of Parliament for the Moderates as of November 1st, 2022
  • MA in Public Management, University of Southern Denmark & Aarhus University, 2022
  • PhD in Political Sociology, Aalborg University (incl. visiting research at Harvard University, USA), 2002
  • MSc in Social Science, Aalborg Universy (incl. visiting studies at West Virginia University, USA), 1999
  • Cambridge Proficiency of English, Hull College of Further Education (UK), 1992
  • Higher Preparatory Examination, Ribe Katedralskole, 1991
  • Head of Family Department, Viborg Municipality, 2020-2022
  • Head of Youth Crime Prevention, later Head of Family Unit, Esbjerg Municipality, 2018-2020
  • Special Consultant and Interim Team Leader, the National Board of Social Services, 2017-2018
  • Head of Department, the Danish Agricultural Agency, 2017
  • Housewife during husband’s posting in the US, 2016
  • Head of Family Unit, Esbjerg Municipality, 2012-2015
  • Office associate, the National Board of Social Services, 2008-2012
  • Senior Consultant, NIRAS Consultants, 2007-2008
  • Senior Consultant and Deputy Head, SFI Survey, the National Institute of Social Research, 2005-2007
  • Assistant Professor of Political Sociology, Aalborg University, 2003-2005
  • Born in Ribe, March 5th, 1972, to farmer Ove Tobiasen and wife Kirsten Nordahl
  • Married to Thomas Kierkgaard. The couple has two sons
  • Retired life with joy and time for attentive care
  • Focus on warmth and continuity in the elderly care
  • Freedom for the elderly to influence the care, welfare, and service they receive
  • Trust in the expertise of workers and management in the elderly care
  • Reform of welfare institutions, e.g. by establishing user boards, in which local communities may participate and contribute
  • Elimination of redundant bureaucracy and control

Mette Kierkgaard
Ministry of Social Affairs, Housing, and Senior Citizens
Holmens Kanal 22
DK – 1060 København K