Minister for Culture Mette Bock

Curriculum vitae

Mette Bock was born on 26 July 1957 in Gladsaxe, Denmark. She is the daughter of former member of the Danish Parliament, Ole Samuelsen, Associate Professor, MA and Anna Holm, Inspector. She is married to Hans Jørn Bock, Senior Lecturer at a teacher training college. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.

Political career

Minister for Culture and Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs since 28 November 2016.

Member of the Presidium of the Danish Parliament since 3 July 2015.

Formerly spokesperson for foreign affairs, spokesperson for development, spokesperson for ecclesiastical affairs, spokesperson for agriculture. 

Member of the Foreign Policy Committee    

Member of parliament for Liberal Alliance for the constituency of Southern Jutland since 15 September 2011.

Candidate for Liberal Alliance in all nomination districts in the constituency from 2010.

Candidate for the Danish Social-Liberal Party, Horsens nomination district 1999 – 2001.

Candidate for the Socialist Peoples’ Party, Horsens nomination district 1994.

Education and occupation

MA in philosophy, University of Southern Denmark, 1989.

MSc in political science, Aarhus University, 1986.

BA in philosophy, University of Southern Denmark, 1982.

Director, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Programme Production 2008 – 2010.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Aarhus University, 2007.

Administrative General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of the Danish newspaper, JydskeVestkysten, 2002 – 2007.

Programme Manager and Chief Consultant, SIMI and Lisberg Management 1999 – 2001.

Journalist, the Danish daily, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, 1998.

CEO, the Muscular Atrophy Foundation 1992 – 1997.

Consultant, PLS Consult and Dansk Management Forum 1988 – 1991.


Contributor to »Fra fabrik til Folketing - erindringer« [From factory to parliament - memoirs] by and about Lilli Gyldenkilde, 1992. 

Contributor to »En muskelsvindler« [Living with muscular atrophy] by and about Evald Krog, 1993. Has contributed to a number of anthologies regarding social issues.

Honorary offices

External assistant professor and external examiner in philosophy and journalism at a number of Danish universities since 1990. Chair of CVU Vita 2002 – 2006. 

Member of the board of the University of Southern Denmark 2004 – 2007. 

Member of the board of Buy Aid 2007 – 2014.

Member of the board of Testrup Folk High School 2009 – 2015.

Member of the board of Liselund from 2009 – 2016.

Member of the board of the course centre, Trinity, from 2011 – 2016.

Chair of the board of the Grundtvig Study Centre from 2013 – 2016.

Chair of the Border Association from 2014 – 2016.


Recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award, 2006.

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