Denmark Elects 1st Female PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt heads left-leaning bloc By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Sep 16, 2011 7:32 AM CDT 13 comments Comments Helle Thorning-Schmidt: 'We have written history.' (KRABBE LARS) (Newser) – Denmark has elected its first female prime minister, ousting the right-wing government from power after 10 years of pro-market reforms and ever-stricter controls on immigration. Near complete official results showed yesterday that a left-leaning bloc led by Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt would gain a narrow majority in the 179-seat Parliament. "We did it. Make no mistake: We have written history," the 44-year-old opposition leader told jubilant supporters in Copenhagen. "Today there's a change of guards in Denmark." Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen conceded defeat. The result means the country of 5.5 million residents will get a new government that could roll back some of the austerity measures introduced by Loekke Rasmussen amid Europe's debt crisis.