|Prime Minister of Norway|
17 October 1972 – 12 October 1973
|Preceded by||Trygve Bratteli|
|Succeeded by||Trygve Bratteli|
29 April 1916|
Mjøndalen, Nedre Eiker
|Died||4 July 2006
Mjøndalen, Nedre Eiker
|Political party||Christian Democratic Party|
|Religion||Lutheran/Church of Norway|
Lars Korvald (help·info) (29 April 1916 – 4 July 2006) was a Norwegian politician from the Christian Democratic Party. He was Prime Minister of Norway from 1972 to 1973, leading the cabinet that took over when Trygve Bratteli resigned in the wake of the first referendum over Norway's membership in the European Economic Community.
Early life and career
Lars Korvald was born into a traditional Christian family in Mjøndalen in the municipality of Nedre Eiker. He attended the Norwegian College of Agriculture, graduating in 1943. He started out at the faculty of Tomb agrarian college in Råde, where he rose to become dean in 1952.
He was first elected to the Norwegian parliament in 1961 representing the county of Østfold. In 1965, he was appointed parliamentary leader; and in 1967 the party leader. Altogether, Korvald served as a member of parliament for five periods. He was President of the Lagting 1969–1972. In 1981, he retired from party politics and became county mayor of Østfold.
Korvald's cabinet served from 18 October 1972 to 16 October 1973. Though short-lived, it served as an important milestone in Norwegian politics, both because it marked the conclusion of the bitter and divisive debate over Norway's membership in the European Union, and because it was a centrist non-socialist coalition. He was also the first prime minister from his party. Korvald also proved to be an effective prime minister in a very difficult and transitional political situation. His cabinet commissioned the negotiations for a trade treaty with the European Union and instituted Norway's first petroleum policy.
It was also Korvald who introduced Kjell Magne Bondevik into the national scene by appointing him political secretary to the prime minister's office.
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