Social democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt has become Denmark’s first woman prime minister, bringing the total number of female world leaders to 21.
The appointment of the leader of the left-of-centre party ends ten years of centre-right political leadership in the country.
Thorning-Schmidt has promised to increase taxes on wealthy Danes and on the country’s financial services industry. She also advocates dividing up routine retail and deposit banking from more risky investment activities in Denmark’s larger financial institutions.
“Today is the day things change in Denmark. We have written history,” she said of her election victory.
Thorning-Schmidt, 44, is married to Stephen Kinnock, the son of Lord Kinnock, the former leader of the British Labour Party.