Introducing Norway’s New Government

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The new Norwegian government was presented today. Here are the names and faces of the ministers you'll be seeing over the next four years.

After weeks of negotiations, Labour party leader Jonas Gahr Støre struck a coalition government agreement with Centre party leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum. Today we found out the full government line-up.

Norway's new government outside the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Jonas Gahr Støre and his new government at Slottsplassen. Photo: NTB Kommunikasjon/Statsministerens kontor.

Normally a joyous occasion for the incoming government, today's presentation was overshadowed by the shocking events in Kongsberg. The government presentation went ahead as planned, albeit with a muted atmosphere.

Støre replaces Solberg in the hot seat

Before Støre presented his new government, he acknowledged the sadness that many of the new ministers were feeling from the “horrible and shocking” events.

In addition to the presentation and photoshoot, the new government met the king and the crown prince in their first cabinet meeting at the Royal Palace.

Replacing Erna Solberg after the Høyre leader's eight-year stint at the helm, Støre faces several stern tests from the very beginning of his tenure.

Erna Solberg on her last day as prime minister
Erna Solberg on her final visit to the Royal Palace as prime minister. Photo: NTB Kommunikasjon/Statsministerens kontor.

Not least, every new change he wants to introduce will need to be agreed by at least one non-government party given his government does not hold a majority in the Norwegian parliament.

Who is in Norway's new government?

The various ministerial jobs are divided between the Labour party (Ap) and the Centre party (Sp). Of the 19 jobs, 11 go to Ap and 8 to Sp. Ten of the 19 ministers are women, while two are survivors of the 2011 terror attacks on Utøya island.

Labour party leader Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) takes up the role of Prime Minister. He is 61 years old and has led the Labour party since 2014. Under the last Labour-led government led by Jens Stolenberg, Støre served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Health and Care Services.

Sp leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sp) takes up the role of Minister of Finance. Vedum is 42 years old and has led the Centre party since 2014. He has been a member of parliament since 2005.

Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) and Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sp). Photo: NTB Kommunikasjon/Statsministerens kontor.

Anniken Huitfeldt (Ap) will be the new Foreign Minister. She is 51 years old and has represented the Labour party in parliament since 2005. She has previously worked as Minister for Children and Equality, Minister for Culture and Minister for Labour.

A rising star in Norwegian politics, Hadia Tajik (Ap) is one of Labour's two deputy leaders and becomes Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion. The 38 year old briefly served as Minister of Culture under the last Labour-led government. Before switching to politics, she worked as a journalist and a lawyer.

At just 28 years old, Emilie Mehl (Sp) becomes Norway's youngest ever Minister of Justice.

Oil played a big role in the pre-election debate. Marte Mjøs Persen (Ap) becomes the new Minister of Petroleum and Energy. She is 46 years old. Labour also holds the post of Minister of the Environment and Climate. 57-year-old Espen Barth Eide (Ap) takes the job.

Bjørn Arild Gram (Sp) is the new Minister of Local Government and Districts. He is 49 years old and worked as mayor of Steinkjer from 2007 to 2020.

Norway's new prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre gives a speech at the Royal Palace in Oslo.
Støre presents his government. Photo: NTB Kommunikasjon/Statsministerens kontor.

Tonje Brenna (Ap) will be the Minister of Education. She is 33 years old and most recently served as the leader of Viken county council.

Anette Trettebergstuen (Ap) will be Minister of Culture and Gender Equality. She is 40 years old and has been a member of parliament since 2005.

Ingvild Kjerkol (Ap) will be Minister of Health and Care Services. She is 46 years old and has been a member of parliament since 2013.

One of Labour's two deputy leaders Bjørnar Skjæran (Ap) will be Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. He is 55 years old and prior to his role as a member of parliament worked as a farmer.

Jan Christian Vestre (Ap) has a strong business background, having worked as CEO of furniture maker Vestre. At 35, he now becomes Minister of Trade and Industry. He is also a trained lawyer.

Norwegian flag on Stortinget in Oslo
The Norwegian Parliament in Oslo

Centre party deputy leader Ola Borten Moe (Sp) is 45 years old and becomes Minister of Research and Higher Education. He is newly-reelected to parliament after having served from 2005 to 2013. He held the post of Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 2011 to 2013.

The Centre party's second deputy leader, 47-year-old Anne Beate Tvinnerheim (Sp) becomes Minister for Development Aid.

Former Centre party leader Odd Roger Enoksen (Sp) becomes Norway's new Minister of Defense. He is 67 years old and previously served as Minister of Local Government.

Former mayor of Fredrikstad Jon-Ivar Nygård (Ap) will be Minister of Transport. He is 48 years old and returned to the parliament at this election after serving for a previous spell in 2013-17.

Kjersti Toppe (Sp) will serve as Minister for Children and Families. She is 53 years old and has been a member of parliament since 2009, having previously worked as a doctor.

Sandra Borch (Sp) will be the new Minister of Agriculture and Food. She is 33 years old and has been a member of parliament since 2017. She led the Centre party's youth organisation from 2011 to 2013.

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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