Tøger Seidenfaden

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Person.png Tøger Seidenfaden  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(editor, journalist, publisher)
Tøger Seidenfaden.jpg
Died2011-01-27 (Age 53)
Cause of death
Alma materInstitut d’études politiques de Paris, Aarhus Universitet, Yale University
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Trilateral Commission
10 time Bilderberger Danish editor. Bilderberg Steering committee

Employment.png Politiken/Editor-in-Chief

In office
1993 - 2011
Preceded byHerbert Pundik
Succeeded byBo Lidegaard
Editor-in-chief at the Danish newspaper Politiken

Tøger Seidenfaden was editor-in-chief of Weekendavisen between 1987 and 1992 and managing director of TV 2 from 1992 to 1993, and, most prominent, as editor-in chief of Politiken from 1993-2011.

Family Background

Tøger Seidenfaden comes from a family of Danish bourgeoisie prominently linked to the intellectual, cultural and political life of the capital Copenhagen. His father, Erik Seidenfaden, was editor-in-chief at the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information for almost twenty years (1946-65). During WW2, Erik was active in the Danish resistance a British SOE agent with rank of officer, having close ties to SOE leader Ronald Turnbull. After the war, Erik's campaign for Denmark joining NATO in 1949 had a crucial impact.[1]


From 1984 to 1985, straight out of university, Tøger Seidenfaden was employed by the government's security committee. In 1985 he was hired as foreign editor, and from 1987 to 1992 as editor-in-chief at Weekendavisen. In 1989, Seidenfaden published, despite strong resistance, extracts from Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses in Weekendavisen.

As editor-in-chief of Politiken from 1993 to 2011, Tøger Seidenfaden was known as a prominent and at times controversial editor-in-chief who stuck to his opinions.[2]

He was a staunch critic of the Soviet Union. As editor-in-chief at Weekendavisen, he was for Danish participation in the first Gulf War in 1991. 12 years later, in Politiken, he was against Denmark's participation in the 2003 war.


Like his father, he was a member of The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Executive Committee of the Danish European Movement, and the so-called VL groups, a network of corporate and public sector executives, the closest to a Danish version of Bilderberg.[3]

Seidenfaden was a long-time Bilderberger and Bilderberg Steering committee member[4], member of the Trilateral Commission's Executive Committee (his father was also member of the Trilateral Commission).[5]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19942 June 19945 June 1994Finland
The 42nd Bilderberg, in Helsinki.
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
The 46th Bilderberg meeting, held in Scotland, chaired by Peter Carrington
Bilderberg/19993 June 19996 June 1999Portugal
The 47th Bilderberg, 111 participants
Bilderberg/20001 June 20004 June 2000Belgium
The 48th Bilderberg, 94 guests
Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
The 49th Bilderberg, in Sweden. Reported on the WWW.
Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
The 50th Bilderberg, held at Chantilly, Virginia.
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests
WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004Switzerland2068 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.
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