Anniken Huitfeldt

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Anniken Huitfeldt
Norges kulturminister Anniken Huitfeldt under ett nordiskt kulturministermote vid Nordiska Radets session 2011 i Kopenhamn.jpg
Anniken Huitfeldt in a Nordic Council session in 2011
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Hanne Bjurstrøm
Personal details
Born (1969-11-29) 29 November 1969 (age 44)
Bærum, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Norwegian Labour Party
Spouse(s) Ola Petter Flem
Children Three
Alma mater University of Oslo, London School of Economics

Anniken Scharning Huitfeldt (born 29 November 1969) is a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Bærum as a daughter of public prosecutor Iver Huitfeldt (1943–) and Sidsel Scharning (1940–1990).[1] She is a niece of politician Fritz Huitfeldt and granddaughter of judge Otte Huitfeldt.[2] Huitfeldt grew up in the small town of Jessheim.


From 1996 to 2000 she was the leader of the Workers' Youth League, the youth wing of the Labour Party. She was elected as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway from Akershus for the terms 1993-1997 and 2001-2005. She was elected as a full representative in 2005, 2009 and 2013. She served from 2005 to 2008 as deputy leader of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs, and since 2013 she leads the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence as well as the Enlarged Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.[1]

On 29 February 2008 she became Minister of Children and Equality in Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet. In a cabinet reshuffle in October 2009 she became Minister of Culture. On 21 September 2012 she was appointed Minster of Labour and Social Inclusion, a post she held until Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet fell in October 2013. Her seat in Parliament was covered by deputies Gorm Kjernli (until 2009) and Are Helseth (from 2009).[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Anniken Huitfeldt" (in Norwegian). 
  2. ^ "Huitfeldt". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Trond Giske
Leader of the Workers' Youth League
Succeeded by
Eva Kristin Hansen
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuela Ramin-Osmundsen
Norwegian Minister of Children and Equality
Succeeded by
Audun Lysbakken
Preceded by
Trond Giske
Norwegian Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Hadia Tajik
Preceded by
Hanne Bjurstrøm
Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion
Succeeded by
Robert Eriksson

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