First of all, it was a three-party coalition with the Social Liberals opting to join the government. That didn’t really surprise me. That a tax reform has been deferred to a commission could be a sign of troubles to come.
Second, the distribution of ministers were 11-6-6. For a government with 23 ministers, I predicted 13-5-5 or 12-6-5 so the Social Democrats did “worse” and SF better. Perhaps not that surprising: SF needed something to offset the disappointing election result.
Third, the distribution of portfolios between parties. SocLib got Interior (that’s Local Government) and merged it with Economic Planning which was surprising to me. Pundits suspect that the sign is that the SocLibs want to demonstrate that there are no free lunches for the local councils. SF got Taxation which may also be slightly surprising with SocDem and SocLibs getting one economic portfolio each while SF got Business Development, Foreign Trade and Taxation. On the other hand, SF didn’t get any of the “cultural” portfolios.
Fourth, SF appears to have managed the problem with Villy Søvndal’s workload by getting an extra portfolio in the Foreign Office (incidentally staffed with his opponent from the 2005 leadership election, Pia Olsen Dyhr) and formally appointing a parliamentary political spokesman, which could help explain why Jesper Petersen wasn’t appointed minister.
Finally, there were a few hiccups especially among the Social Democrats with Mette Frederiksen getting Employment instead of Social Affairs (Employment is a more important portfolio so Ms Frederiksen could treat herself to a bottle of champaigne), Carsten Hansen being placed in an Urban, Housing and Rural Affairs portfolio and Nicolai Wammen at European Affairs – something which everybody sees as a snub. Also, the Social Liberals managed a 1-5 distribution with Margrethe Vestager as the only female minister.