Magazine article Scandinavian Review

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Magazine article Scandinavian Review

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF RASMUSSENS IN DENMARK-EVEN at the highest levels. Indeed, three of the last four prime ministers of that country have bom that exalted name, and there has been no talk of nepotism or an impending dynasty.

Despite its ubiquity, no Rasmussen has yet to be found among the higher echelons of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. Instead, the Foundation has now chosen to pay tribute to a Rasmussen-and it has found a particularly worthy one. He is Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark, a champion of U.S.-Nordic cooperation and the recently retired Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Together with Norway's Queen Sonja, he has been awarded ASF's Gold Medal for his longtime active participation in promoting understanding between the United States and the Nordic countries.

Rasmussen was bom in Ginnerup on Jutland in 1953. His mother's maiden name was Fogh, which became his middle name and not part of his surname. The reason he has frequently been referred to as Fogh Rasmussen in public life is to distinguish him from all those other Rasmussens.

Since graduating in economics from the University of Àrhus in 1978, he has been active in politics. In his early career, he was a strong critic of the welfare state and favored centralization, privatization and limiting the size of government. In 1993, he wrote the classically liberal book entitled From Social State to Minimal State. Since then, during the course of the 1990s, his views veered more to the right. …

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