Jens Stoltenberg

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Jens Stoltenberg
Prime Minister of Norway
Term of office
17 October 2005 – 16 October 2013
Political party Labor Party
Preceded by Kjell Magne Bondevik
Succeeded by Erna Solberg
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) was prime minister of Norway from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2013. He was leader of the Norwegian Labor Party from 2002 to 2014. A clever, affable outdoorsy type given to scuba diving, hunting and hiking, he ranked 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 cabinet consisted of Labor, Center and Socialist Left Parties, and held 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 favored oil exploration around the pristine Lofoten archipelago in the Arctic, but this was opposed by the Socialist Left. He wanted 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