Jonas Gahr Støre

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Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre undated.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 October 2005 – 21 September 2012
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Jan Petersen
Succeeded by Espen Barth Eide
Minister of Health and Care services
In office
21 September 2012 – 16 October 2013
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
Succeeded by Bent Høie
Personal details
Born (1960-08-25) 25 August 1960 (age 53)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Norwegian Labour Party
Relations Marit Slagsvold
Children Three
Residence Oslo, Norway
Alma mater Paris Institute of Political Studies, Royal Norwegian Naval Academy
Occupation Elected MP in the Storting 2009 -
Religion Lutheranism[1][2][3]
Website Government page

Jonas Gahr Støre (born 25 August 1960) is a Norwegian politician representing the Labour Party and since October 2013 First deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in the Parliament of Norway.

Støre studied political science at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris from 1981 to 1985. He worked for Gro Harlem Brundtland as adviser and later director general at the Prime Minister's Office from 1989 to 1997. He was Executive director at the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2000 and Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.[4]

He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet from 17 October 2005 to 21 September 2012 when he took over the position of Minister of Health and Care Services, a position he held to the cabinet resigned in October 2013 following a loss for the Red-Green coalition in the 2013 parliamentary election.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Oslo, Jonas Gahr Støre is the son of ship broker Ulf Jonas Støre (1925-) and librarian Unni Gahr (1931-).[5] He attended Berg School in Oslo, then underwent naval officer training at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. He later studied political science for five years at the Sciences Po in Paris.[6] He enrolled as a PhD student at the London School of Economics but withdrew after a few weeks.[citation needed]

Støre started his professional career as a teaching fellow in the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School in 1986. This was followed by a position as a researcher at the Norwegian School of Management from 1986 to 1989.

Career in public administration and organizations[edit]

He was previously affiliated with the Conservative Party (Bokmål: Høyre) having applied for a position as political advisor on foreign affairs for Høyre.[7] He was offered the job but subsequently turned it down.[7] In 1989, Støre became special adviser in the Prime Minister's office of Gro Harlem Brundtland. He eventually became her "right hand".[7][clarification needed] He formally became a member of the Labour Party in 1995.

He later became an ambassador in the Norwegian Delegation to the United Nations Office at Geneva. His first major international position was as Executive Director (Chief of Staff) in the World Health Organization under the leadership of Gro Harlem Brundtland.

He was Executive Chairman of the think tank ECON Analyse from 2002 to 2003 and Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.

Foreign Minister[edit]

In 2005, Støre was appointed foreign minister in Jens Stoltenberg's government, serving in that position until 2012. Numerous polls showed that Støre was the most popular member of the Stoltenberg government.[8]

Health Minister[edit]

From 2012 to 2013, Støre served as Minister of Health.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2009 general election in Norway, Støre was elected to the Norwegian parliament, Stortinget, and represents Oslo. He was reelected in 2013.

Hotel Serena attack[edit]

On 14 January 2008, a suicide bomber struck the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Støre was staying.[9] Støre was unhurt in the incident, which killed six people including Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomassen.[10] United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that Støre was the target of the attack,[11] but this claim was rejected by a Taliban spokesperson.[12] Støre canceled the rest of his visit to Afghanistan the day after the attack.[13]

2011 Norway attacks[edit]

Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, stated that Støre was one of his main targets.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to sociologist Marit Slagsvold, and they have three sons.[15]

Støre is a multi-millionaire, with a fortune of around NOK 40 million (approx. US$6.8Mn in 2008).[16][17][18] He owns 25% of the family-owned company Trestø and part of Femstø, another company owned by the Støre family. Trestø has a 5% share in the company Clipper Skagen DA and a 1% share in Clipper Viking DA. Both companies are run by Solvang ASA and own three LNG carriers, Clipper Harald, Clipper Viking and Clipper Skagen.[19]


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  4. ^ a b Støre, Jonas Gahr ( 1960- ) Retrieved 7 November 2013. (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Jonas Gahr Støre Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  6. ^ Jonas Gahr Støre Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
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  9. ^ Taleban attack Kabul luxury hotel, BBC News, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  10. ^ Bombeangrep mot Støres hotell, Aftenposten, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  11. ^ FNs generalsekretær: - Støre var målet, Aftenposten, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  12. ^ Taliban: - Støre var ikke målet, VG Nett, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  13. ^ VG: Støre trolig hjem til Norge etter terrorangrepet, published 14 January 2008 (Norwegian)
  14. ^ Brustad, Line (18 November 2011). "Breiviks hovedmål: Gro, Jonas og Eskil". Dagbladet. 
  15. ^ Hallgeir Opedal: Internasjonal samlivsterapeut Dagbladet, 10 July 2013
  16. ^ "Sjekk skattelistene–Jonas Gahr Støre (2009)" [Check the tax listings–Jonas Gahr Støre (2009)]. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Jensen, Christine (17 October 2005). "Mangemillionær som utenriksminister" [Multi-millionaire as foreign minister]. VG (in Norwegian). Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  18. ^ Krekling, David Vojislav (21 October 2009). "Her taper Grete Faremo 14,4 millioner kroner" [Here Grete Faremo is losing 14.4 million kroner] (in Norwegian). NRK. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. 
  19. ^ "Støre får Høyre-refs for ikke å ha oppgitt eierskap" [Støre censured by Conservative Party for failing to declare ownership]. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). NTB. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jan Egeland
Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross
Succeeded by
Trygve G. Nordby