The new cabinet members were announced by the prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg. The government consists of 10 women and 10 men. This equal distribution was recorded as a historical occurrence for gender equality in Norway.
– It has been important for us to provide breadth in the government, therefore I am happy for the composition we have with as many women and men and people of varying age, background knowledge and regional affiliation, “said Stoltenberg about the distribution.
Strategic Posts for Women
The numeric balance was also supported with the significance of posts. Some ministries which used to be dominated by the male politicians were assigned to the female politicians.
The list of the female ministers in the new cabinet is as below:
- Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs: Ms. Lisbeth Berg-Hansen
- Minister- (from 21 December 2009 Minister of Labour): Ms. Hanne Bjurstrøm (Lab.)
- Minister of Reform and Church Affairs (also Minister of Labour until 20 December 2009 and Minister for Nordic cooperation): Ms. Rigmor Aasrud (Lab.)
- Minister of Culture: Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt (Lab.)
- Minister of Research and Higher Education: Ms. Tora Aasland (Soc.)
- Minister of Health and Care Services: Ms. Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen (Lab.)
- Minister of Transport and Communications: Ms. Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa (Cent.)
- Minister of Defence: Ms. Grete Faremo (Lab.)
- Minister of Education: Ms. Kristin Halvorsen (Soc.)
- Minister of Local Government and Regional Development: Ms. Liv Signe Navarsete (Cent.)