|Member of Parliament
12 September 2005
14 February 1972 |
|Political party||Progress Party|
|Religion||Church of Norway (until 2010)
Christianity (since 2010)
Early life and education 
Solvik-Olsen was born and raised in Time to self-employed businessman Aksel Emil Solvik-Olsen (born 1943) and socionom Berit Lagergren (born 1943). He attended Bryne senior high school as well as St. Olav senior high school in Stavanger. From 1989 to 1990 he was an exchange student at Blissfield High School, Michigan, USA, and from 1994 to 1997 he studied political science and social economics (summa cum laude) at the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. He has spent over 5 years in USA including working for Disney, and as a volunteer during the 1996 Atlanta olympics, as well as an internship with the United States Senate.
Political career 
Solvik-Olsen joined the Progress Party already as a fifteen year-old, and has held various positions within the party. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Rogaland in 2005, and consecutively in 2009. He didn´t seek renomination for the Norwegian parliamentary election, 2013, but was nominated on the 9th spot on the ballot.
Political views 
Solvik-Olsen has stated that he thinks Norway needs a "libertarianism which is pragmatic". He is also noted for being critical of the current Red-Green governmental environmental policies, in that he claims it is too much based on "symbol politics" and "ambitious goals", instead of seeking feasible realistic options. He has also said that he is personally social conservative, though is liberal with regards to how other people wish to live their lives.
Personal life 
He is a personally Christian, and was a member of the Church of Norway until he withdrew in 2010 after leaders of the church had publicly opposed oil exploration in Lofoten and Vesterålen, with Solvik-Olsen strongly opposing the church getting involved in "party politics". He is connected to Pentecostalism, in that he feels a close belonging with the Pentecostal congregation Filadelfia. His wife is also a member of the congregation, and his two children is christened there.
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