Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Died at 93


Anker Henrik Jørgensen was born on July 13, 1922, and died on March 20, 2016.
He was a Danish politician.
He served at various times as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Denmark.
Anker led five cabinets as Prime Minister, between 1972 and 1981.
Jørgensen represented the Social Democratic Party for well over 30 years.
Anker Jørgensen legacy was ambivalent.
As a politician was considered by many to have been largely unsuccessful and having failed to mitigate the impact of the economic crisis of the 1970s and 1980s.
However, he was generally respected and even loved throughout Denmark for his personal integrity and down-to-earth personality, often illustrated in his refusal of moving into the official Prime Minister residence Marienborg, preferring to stay with his wife in their small apartment in a working-class area of Copenhagen.
He has been described as not having the image of a strong or visionary leader, but through his down-to-earth and earnest manner, he managed to maintain a wide support for the Danish welfare state in the population.
During 1992, Anker Jørgensen was chosen to travel to Iraq to negotiate the release of a group of Danish hostages with Saddam Hussein, a task which he successfully accomplished.
Anker Jørgensen passed away at 93 yrs old