; born 14 December 1966) is a Danish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Denmark since 3 October 2011 and the Leader of the Social Democrats since 12 April 2005. She is the first woman to hold either post.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt ( is a Danish politician and the current leader of the Danish Social Democrats. As the candidate of the Social Democrats' right wing, she replaced Mogens Lykketoft, who had resigned when he lost the 2005 Danish parliamentary election to the sitting government coalition of Anders Fogh Rasmussen. She led her party through the 2007 Danish parliamentary election but failed to gain a majority. She is the centre-left opposition candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming 2011 elections. Should she succeed in leading the opposition to power, she would be the first female Prime Minister of Denmark.