Gro Harlem Brundtland

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Gro Harlem Brundtland
Prime Minister of Norway
Term of office
3 November 1990 – 25 October 1996
Political party Labor Party
Preceded by Jan P. Syse
Succeeded by Thorbjørn Jagland
Term of office
9 May 1986 - 16 October 1989
Preceded by Kåre Willoch
Succeeded by Jan P. Syse
Term of office
4 February 1981 - 14 October 1981
Preceded by Odvar Nordli
Succeeded by Kåre Willoch

Born 20 April 1939
Bærum, Norway
Spouse Arne Olav Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland (b. 20 April 1939) is a Norwegian politician, diplomat and physician, and an international leader in sustainable development and public health. She is also a notable climate change campaigner. She was formerly leader of the Norwegian Labor Party and was Prime Minister of Norway in 1981, 1986–1989 and 1990–1996. She served as Director-General of the World Health Organisation 1998–2003, and is now a Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN Secretary-General.

Prime Minister

From 1981 to 1997, governments alternated between Labor minority governments under Brundtland and Conservative-led coalition governments under Kåre Willoch. The first government coalition led by Christian Democrat Kjell Magne Bondevik came to power in 1997, but fell in March 2000 over the issue of proposed gas-fired power plants, opposed by Bondevik due to their impact on climate change. The Labor Party's Jens Stoltenberg, a Brundtland protégé, took over in a minority Labor government but lost power in the September 2001 election when Labor posted its worse performance since World War I. Bondevik once again became Prime Minister, this time as head of a minority government with the Conservatives and Liberals in a coalition heavily dependent upon the right-populist Progress Party.

Brundtland's maybe most famous quote is from her 1992 New Years Eve Speech:

It's typically Norwegian to be good.

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