Helmut Schmidt

1918 - 2015

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Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛlmuːt ˈʃmɪt] (listen); 23 December 1918 – 10 November 2015) was a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who served as the chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Before becoming Chancellor, he was the minister of defence (1969–1972) and as the minister of finance (1972–1974) in the government of Willy Brandt. In the latter role he gained credit for his financial policies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helmut Schmidt has received more than 1,676,563 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Helmut Schmidt is the 1,187th most popular politician (up from 1,189th in 2019), the 337th most popular biography from Germany (down from 327th in 2019) and the 91st most popular German Politician.

Helmut Schmidt was a German politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. He is most famous for his role in the Ostpolitik, which was a policy of détente with the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries.

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Among politicians, Helmut Schmidt ranks 1,187 out of 15,710Before him are F. W. de Klerk, Turgut Özal, John III of Portugal, Kwame Nkrumah, Emir Abdelkader, and Nabopolassar. After him are U Thant, Daniel Ortega, Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, Asparuh of Bulgaria, Pedro I of Brazil, and John, King of Denmark.

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Among people born in 1918, Helmut Schmidt ranks 14Before him are Robert Wadlow, Kurt Waldheim, Louis Althusser, Leonard Bernstein, Rita Hayworth, and Jørn Utzon. After him are Ken Miles, Katherine Johnson, Frederick Sanger, Alberto Ascari, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and William Holden. Among people deceased in 2015, Helmut Schmidt ranks 15Before him are Terry Pratchett, Tomas Tranströmer, B.B. King, Anita Ekberg, Henning Mankell, and Süleyman Demirel. After him are Lemmy, Leonard Nimoy, Josef Masopust, Kim Young-sam, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kenan Evren.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Helmut Schmidt ranks 337 out of 5,289Before him are Franz Boas (1858), Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781), Friedrich Bessel (1784), and Ferdinand Schörner (1892). After him are Constanze Mozart (1762), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Wilm Hosenfeld (1895), Otto Heinrich Warburg (1883), Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808), and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Helmut Schmidt ranks 91Before him are Christian III of Denmark (1503), Fritz Sauckel (1894), Valdemar I of Denmark (1131), Karl Haushofer (1869), Gustav Stresemann (1878), and Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463). After him are Wilm Hosenfeld (1895), Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (1808), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956), Henry the Lion (1129), Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), and Louis the Child (893).