Odvar Nordli

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Odvar Nordli
Odvar Nordli 2007 04 21.jpg
21st Prime Minister of Norway
In office
12 January 1976 – 30 January 1981
Monarch Olav V
Preceded by Trygve Bratteli
Succeeded by Gro Harlem Brundtland
17th County Governor of Hedmark
In office
11 March 1981 – 17 September 1994
Preceded by Anfinn Lund
Succeeded by Kjell Borgen
Vice President of the Storting
In office
6 February 1981 – 10 June 1985
President Per Hysing-Dahl
Preceded by Svenn Stray
Succeeded by Reiulf Steen
Minister of Local Government
In office
17 March 1971 – 18 August 1972
Prime Minister Trygve Bratteli
Preceded by Helge Rognlien
Succeeded by Johan Skipnes
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 September 1961 – 13 October 1981
Constituency Hedmark
Personal details
Born Odvar Nordli
(1927-11-03) 3 November 1927 (age 90)
Tangen, Hedmark, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Marit Nordli
Alma mater University of Oslo
Awards St. Olavs Orden stripe.svg Order of St. Olav
Military service
Allegiance  Norway
Service/branch Norwegian army coat of arms.svg Norwegian Army
Years of service 1948
Rank OR4 NOR - Korporal Hær NY.png Corporal
Battles/wars Cold War

About this sound Odvar Nordli  (born 3 November 1927)[1] is a Norwegian politician from the Labour Party. He was Prime Minister of Norway from 1976 to 1981.

Early life[edit]

Nordli grew up in Tangen in Stange, Hedmark, after World War II he served in the Independent Norwegian Brigade Group in Germany, part of the Allied forces occupying post-war Germany. By education he became a certified accountant before entering politics, and worked in this field until 1961, he served as deputy mayor of Stange municipality from 1951 to 1963.

Political life[edit]

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Hedmark in 1961, and was re-elected on five occasions, he had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the terms 1954–1957 and 1958–1961.

Nordli became a cabinet member in 1971, serving as Minister of Local Government in the first cabinet Bratteli, he became Prime Minister in 1976, heading the cabinet Nordli which succeeded the second cabinet Bratteli. He had to govern through several tough cases like the so-called double-resolution over NATO and the national controversy over the damming of the Alta-Kautokeino river, the cabinet Nordli sat until February 1981, when it was followed by another labour party cabinet: Brundtland's First Cabinet.

In social policy, Nordli's premiership saw the passage of a law in June 1978 in which sickness benefits were to equal 100% of gross wages from the first day of sickness for up to 312 days for the same sickness.

After retiring as prime minister in 1981, he was elected vice president of the Storting, he served as vice president until 1985.

His career in politics ended with the post of County Governor of Hedmark, which he held from 1981 until his retirement in 1993, he was also a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1985 to 1993.

Since retiring, Nordli has had a number of books published.



Political offices
Preceded by
Helge Rognlien
Norwegian Minister of Local Government
Succeeded by
Johan Skipnes
Preceded by
Trygve Bratteli
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded by
Anfinn Lund
County Governor of Hedmark
Succeeded by
Kjell Borgen