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Anders Bo Strunge

Anders Bo Strunge

Anders Bo Strunge (5. april 1918 - 7. october 2007) was an Aeroeic politician and the second president of Aeroe.

Biography[]

Strunge was born in 1918 in Birkholm. His parents were farmers, and owned one of three farms on the island. Strunge completed primary school in Marstal in 1932 and then worked as a farmhand on Ærø. In 1948 he took over his father's farm on Birkholm, and drove agriculture here until he was elected president in 1975. He was the first free elected president.

Political life[]

Strunge joined in the Danish Liberal Youth Party in 1933, and was already 2 years later elected president of the local branch of Faaborg and Ærø. In 1939 he was elected to the Danish parliament, and was a member of parliament until Nazi-Germany occupied the country in 1940. Then he worked politically against the Germans, and was a leading member of the Danish resistance movement. After the war he failed to be reelected to parliament, and therefore moved back to Birkholm. In 1954 he ran in the municipal elections in Marstal municipality with great success, he succeeded in becoming the first Liberal mayor since the 1920s. He continued to be mayor for 3 terms. In 1975, he ran for president, becoming the first free elected president. He was also Birkholms representative at the signing of the decleration of independence in 1974.

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