Jens Stoltenberg

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Jens Stoltenberg
Prime Minister of Norway
Term of office
17 October 2005 –
Political party Labor Party
Preceded by Kjell Magne Bondevik
Term of office
17 March 2000 - 19 October 2001
Preceded by Kjell Magne Bondevik
Succeeded by Kjell Magne Bondevik

Born 16 March 1959
Oslo, Norway
Spouse Ingrid Schulerud

Jens Stolenberg (born 16 March 1959 in Oslo) is the Norwegian Labor Party leader, and the Prime Minister of Norway since 17 October 2005. He was previously Prime Minister 2000–2001. A clever, affable outdoorsy type given to scuba diving, hunting and hiking, he ranks high in popularity polls.

Career

Stoltenberg was in Gro Harlem Brundtland's third cabinet (1993–1996), where he was Minister of Commerce and Energy. He was Minister of Finance in Thorbjørn Jagland's cabinet (1996–1997), and became Leader of the Norwegian Labour Party in 2002, after being Vice Leader since 1992.

Prime Minister

Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg's left-leaning government narrowly defeated a splintered center-right opposition in the September 2009 elections. The Labor government came under challenge by Siv Jensen and her right-wing populist Progress Party, which has gained support by calling for lowering Norway's famously high taxes and tightening immigration rules. Debate centered on how to manage the Nordic welfare state's oil wealth.[1]

Stolenberg's current cabinet consists of Labor, Center and Socialist Left Parties, and holds the majority in the Norwegian parliament, the Storting.

Reelected in September 2009, Stoltenberg’s next task is to draw up a new coalition pact and a budget for 2010. He favors oil exploration around the pristine Lofoten archipelago in the Arctic, but this is opposed by the Socialist Left. He wants Norway to join the European Union—particularly if Iceland succeeds in its quest for membership, but Norwegians have turned down membership before.

References

  1. Karl Ritter, "Norway election focused on oil wealth", AP Sept. 14, 2009
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