Helge Sivertsen

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Helge Sivertsen (12 June 1913 – 21 December 1986) was a Norwegian discus thrower and politician. He was born in Mandal, but represented Inderøy IL in athletics competitions. His party affiliation was to the Labour Party.

Biography[edit]

At the 1936 Summer Olympics he finished tenth in the discus final with a throw of 45.89 metres.[1] He became Norwegian champion in discus throw in 1934 and 1935.[2] His personal best throw was 47.72 metres, achieved in July 1936 on Bislett stadion.[3]

Sivertsen was a historian by education, having graduated as cand.philol. in 1940, having studied between 1938 and 1939 at the University of Oxford. From 1943 to 1945 he was a member of Milorg. He was director of education in Oslo, Akershus and Østfold from 1956 to 1960, in Oslo and Akershus from 1966 to 1970 and in Oslo from 1971-1981.

Sivertsen pursued a career in politics, and was secretary to the Prime Minister in 1947, state secretary to the Minister of Education and Church Affairs from 1947 to 1956, and Minister of Education and Church Affairs from 1960 to 1965 in the third and fourth cabinet Gerhardsen, only interrupted by the short-lived cabinet Lyng in 1963.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norwegian international athletes - S (Norwegian)
  2. ^ Norwegian championships in discus throw (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Norwegian all-time list discus throw (Norwegian)
Political offices
Preceded by
Birger Bergersen
Minister of Church Affairs and Education
1960–1963
Succeeded by
Olaf Kortner
Preceded by
Olaf Kortner
Minister of Church Affairs and Education
1963–1965
Succeeded by
Kjell Bondevik
Awards
Preceded by
Sigmund Skard
Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris
1984
Succeeded by
Lars Brandstrup