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Here is Norway’s New Government

At 12.00 Solberg meets the King and presents who will be in her first government. Solberg’s government consists of 17 ministers. 11 of all ministerial posts are owned by Conservative Party, while Progress Party (FrP) has 7 posts. The new government maintains gender balance with 9 female ministers and 9 male ministers.

Here are the seventeen ministers who will lead the country for the following 4 years:

Finance Minister: Progress Party leader Siv Jensen. 

Siv Jensen has been the Progress Party leader since 2006. Born and raised in Oslo, Jensen studied and graduated as an economist. She was then employed as a sales consultant. 

A big political role model for Jensen is named as former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and she has in Britain been called a “Norwegian Margaret Thatcher” by Standpoint magazine. She therefore holds many Thatcherite policies, such as “there is no alternative to market economy”.

Foreign Minister: Børge Brende (Høyre)

Brende is one of the Conservatives’ most experienced politicians, and was the Minister of the Environment and Economy Minister during Kjell Magne Bondevik’s second government. 

He has also been a member of the Norwegian parliament for more than 10 years. Brende served as Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2003-2004. In 2005 he took up the appointment of International Vice Chairman of the China Council for the International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory board to the State Council).

In January 2008, Brende joined the World Economic Forum as Managing Director, particularly in charge of relations with governments and civil society. In 2009, Børge Brende joined the Norwegian Red Cross as Secretary General. He re-joined the World Economic Forum in 2011 as Managing Director with responsibility for policy initiatives and engagement of the Forum’s non-business constituents.

Education Minister: Torbjørn Røe-Isaksen (Høyre)

One of the youngest cabinet members, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is only 35-year-old and has served as a deputy in Parliament in 2005, and was top candidate for the Conservative Party’s parliamentary list for the 2009 election. He was the leader of the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party, from 2004 to 2008. He is also the political editor in the gazette Minerva. Isaksen has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Oslo. In 2008 he published the book The Right Turn. For a New Conservatism, which was printed in three editions.

In 2007 he was named Norway’s most talented young politician by VG.

Health Minister: Bent Høie (Høyre)

He studied law at University of Bergen in 1991, also education from Norwegian School of Hotel Management 1991-93. He also represents his party in Stavanger Municipal Council and Rogaland County Council. Bent High Høie belonged to those who have advocated a restrictive line on issues of biotechnology and abortion.

In 2010 Høie elected 2 Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, and he was the leader of the party’s program committee before year’s parliamentary elections.

Justice Minister: Anders Anundsen (FrP)

Born in Stavern Anundsen was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Vestfold in 2005. He had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the term 1997–2001.

Anundsen held various positions in Larvik municipality council from 1999 to 2007. From 1995 to 2007 he was also a member of Vestfold county council. He was the chairman of the Youth of the Progress Party in 1996 and 1998–1999.

Defense Minister: Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide (Høyre)

Conservative Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide has been member of Parliament from Oslo since 2005 and been the leader of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Commission from 2009-2013. From 2005-2009 she was head of the Parliamentary Church, Education and Research Committee.

Municipal and modernization minister, Jan Tore Sanner (Høyre)

Conservative Party deputy chairman Jan Tore Sanner will be responsible in the newly revised ministerial position. The new tasks include ICT, renewal, construction, safety and security services.

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Akershus in 1993, and was re-elected on three occasions. He had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1989–1993. From 1989 to 1990 he moved up as a regular representative, filling in for Kaci Kullmann Five who was appointed to the cabinet Syse.

On the local level he was a deputy member of Bærum municipal council from 1983 to 1989. He was second deputy leader of the nationwide party from 2004 to 2008, and rose to first deputy leader in 2008.

Sanner has never held a job outside of the party organization, but has education in marketing and market economy.

Transport Minister: Ketil Solvik Olsen (FrP)

Solvik-Olsen joined the Progress Party already as a fifteen year-old, and has held various positions within the party. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Rogaland in 2005, and consecutively in 2009. Solvik Olsen was in May this year elected vice-president of the Progressive Party. He has been the Progress Party finance spokesperson. Politically, Solvik-Olsen thinks Norway needs a “libertarianism which is pragmatic”. He is also noted for being critical of the previous Red-Green governmental environmental policies, in that he claims it is too much based on “symbol politics” and “ambitious goals”, instead of seeking feasible realistic options.

AGRICULTURE MINISTER: Sylvi Listhaug (FrP)

Listhaug has been commissioner for welfare and social services in Oslo since 2006, and has worked as advisor for the Progress Party’s parliamentary group and now sits in the party’s central board.

She started her political career locally in Ørskog. Eventually she came in the position of deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Møre og Romsdal during the terms 2001–2005 and 2005–2009, and from Oslo from 2009. In 2006 she became city commissioner (byråd) of welfare and social services in the city government of Oslo. She had been secretary to the previous commissioner Margaret Eckbo.

Labour and Social Affairs, Robert Eriksson (FrP)

Norway’s new employment and social affairs minister is Robert Eriksson from the Progress Party.

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Nord-Trøndelag in 2005. He had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the terms 1997–2001 and 2001–2005.

Eriksson held various positions in Verdal municipality council from 1991 to 2005. From 1995 to 2005 he was also a member of Nord-Trøndelag county council.

Eriksson has a degree in business and was general manager of Vesta Sales Centre in Levanger before he was elected to Parliament in 2005.

Oil and Energy Minister: Tord Lien (FRP)

Tord Lien from FRP is Norway’s new oil and energy minister. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 2005. Lien was a member of Trondheim city council from 2003 to 2005. He is currently director of public information in Trondheim Energi.

Children and Equality Minister: Solveig Horne (FRP)

She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Rogaland in 2005. She had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the term 2001–2005.

Horne was a member of the executive committee of Sola municipality council from 1995 to 2007. From 1999 to 2005 she was also a member of Rogaland county council.

In the previous period, she has been in Family and Cultural Committee.

Culture Minister: Thorild Widvey (Høyre)

Conservative Thorild Widwey (57) is Erna Solberg’s new Minister of Culture. She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Rogaland in 1989, and was re-elected on one occasion. She had previously served as a deputy representative to the during the term 1985–1989.

From 2002 to 2003, during the second cabinet Bondevik, Widvey was appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries. From 2003 to 2004 she held the same position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2004 she was appointed Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, an office she left, along with the rest of the second cabinet Bondevik, after their 2005 election defeat.

On the local level Widvey was a member of Karmøy municipal council from 1979 to 1989, the last six years in the executive committee.

A physical therapist by education, she was deputy leader of the Norwegian Sporting Association of People with Disabilities 1985-1987. Widvey lives in Oslo, is married and has two children.

She has been a member of the Conservative Party’s central board since 2008 and is one of Solberg’s confidante.

57-year-old has had a number of corporate boards, and had involvement in sport event, including Tromsø 2018.

Fisheries Minister: Elisabeth Aspaker (Høyre)

She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Troms in 2005. She previously served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament during the terms 1989–1993 and 1997–2001.

From 1986 to 1990 she was the deputy leader of the Norwegian Young Conservatives. During the cabinet Syse, she was private secretar (today known as political advisor) in the Ministry of Justice and the Police. During the second cabinet Bondevik, she was appointed political advisor in the Ministry of Education and Research before being promoted to State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services in 2004.

Before entering politics, she worked as a teacher.

Industry Minister: Monica Mæland (Høyre)

Mæland was elected to the City Council in Bergen in 1999, and was a member until she became Chief Commissioner. She formed her first cabinet on 27 October 2003. The first Mæland cabinet held a minority of the votes in the city council, and consisted of the Conservative Party, the Christian People’s Party and the Liberal Party. After the 2007 local election she formed her second cabinet, a majority cabinet, consisting of the Christian People’s Party and the Progress Party. The Progress Party left the cabinet 28 April 2009, due to a disagreement about continuing the lifespan of the toll ring financing the Bergen Program for Transport, Urban Development and the Environment. The party reentered the cabinet a year later, and the political cooperation was resumed based on the agreement signed after the 2007 election.

After the 2011 election Monica Mæland formed her third cabinet, with the same parties as in her latter cabinet.

Monica Mæland has also been the leader, and prior to that, deputy leader, of the County branch of the Norwegian Conservative Party.

Minister at the Prime Ministers office: Vidar Helgesen (Høyre)

Vidar Helgesen (44) is named for the responsibility of “European Affairs”, EEA matter and coordinating foreign policy.

Helgesen was State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Kjell Magne Bondevik (KrF) second reign, from 2001 to 2005.

Since 2005 he has been Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA).

Environment Minister: Tine Sundtoft

She was regional director of NHO Agder 1995-2005 and County Executive in Vest-Agder county in autumn 2005.

She was Secretary General of the Young Conservatives 1990-1992, political advisor to the Conservative Party parliamentary member of Lillesand council, leader of the Conservatives in Aust-Agder county and 2nd deputy to the Parliament from Aust-Agder 1989-1993. In 1993, she lost the battle for the chairmanship of Aust-Agder Right against his father, Kristian Sundtoft.

Sundtoft graduated from Møglestu high school in 1985 and has an MBA from the Norwegian School of Management in 1990.

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