Minister of Culture (Norway)

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Minister of Culture of Norway
Kulturministeren
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Incumbent
Thorhild Widvey

since 16 October 2013
Ministry of Culture
Member of Council of State
Seat Oslo
Nominator Prime Minister
Appointer Monarch
with approval of Parliament
Term length No fixed length
Constituting instrument Constitution of Norway
Precursor Minister of Church Affairs and Education
Formation 14 October 1981
First holder Bjartmar Alv Gjerde
Deputy State secretaries at the Ministry of Culture
Website Official website

The Minister of Culture and Church Affairs (Norwegian: Kultur- og kirkeminister ) is a councilor of state and chief of the Norway's Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs. Since 16 October 2013 the position has been held by Thorhild Widvey of the Conservative Party.[1] The ministry is responsible for the government's policy related to culture, church affairs, religion, media, sports and gambling. Subordinate agencies include the Gaming and Foundation Authority, the National Archival Services, the National Library, the Arts Council and the Media Authority. The portfolio includes issues related the Church of Norway.

The position was created as the Minister of Culture and Sciences in 1981, resulting in a split of the responsibilities of the former Minister of Church Affairs and Education, where issues related to culture and research were moved to the new post. Science issues remained part of the portfolio until 1989, when they were swapped with religious issues with the Minister of Education and Research, creating the Minister of Culture and Church Affairs. This lasted for a year, when church and religious affairs were again resumed by the Minister of Education, Research and Church Affairs. This situation was retained until 2001, when the portfolio again became the Minister of Culture and Church Affairs. From 2009 the "Church Affairs" was transferred to the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs as minister Anniken Huitfeldt was not a member of Church of Norway. Issues related to religion remained within the portfolio.

When Solberg's Cabinet took office in 2013 church affairs was again included in the title and portefolio but with less significance than previously due to the increased autonomy given to Church of Norway in 2012.

Key[edit]

The following lists the minister, their party, date of assuming and leaving office, their tenure in years and days, and the cabinet they served in.

      Centre Party
      Christian Democratic Party
      Conservative Party
      Labour Party

Ministers[edit]

Photo Name Party Took office Left office Tenure Cabinet Ref
Langslet, Lars RoarLars Roar Langslet Conservative 14 October 1981 9 May 1986 4 year, 219 days Willoch I [2]
Bakke, HallvardHallvard Bakke Labour 9 May 1986 16 October 1989 3 years, 161 days Brundtland II [3]
Bjartveit, EleonoreEleonore Bjartveit Christian Democratic 16 October 1989 3 November 1990 1 year, 19 days Syse [4]
Aase Kleveland 17Mai Eidsvoll.jpg Kleveland, ÅseÅse Kleveland Labour 3 November 1990 25 October 1996 5 years, 357 days Brundtland III [5]
Birkeland, TuridTurid Birkeland Labour 25 October 1996 17 October 1997 0 years, 358 days Jagland [6]
Anne Enger crop splm13.jpg Lahnstein, Anne EngerAnne Enger Lahnstein Centre 17 October 1997 8 October 1999 1 year, 355 days Bondevik I [7]
Åslaug Haga Sp Kommunal- og regionalminister 20051017.jpg Haga, ÅslaugÅslaug Haga Centre 8 October 1999 21 March 2000 0 years, 156 days Bondevik I [7]
Horn, EllenEllen Horn Labour 21 March 2000 19 October 2001 1 year, 213 days Stoltenberg I [8]
Valgerd Svarstad Haugland 3.jpg Haugland , Valgerd SvarstadValgerd Svarstad Haugland Christian Democratic 19 October 2001 17 October 2005 3 years, 364 days Bondevik II [9]
Kulturminister Trond Giske på åpningen av Rockheim.jpg Giske, TrondTrond Giske Labour 17 October 2005 20 October 2009 4 years, 4 days Stoltenberg II [10]
Anniken Huitfeldt, kulturminister Norge. Nordiska radets session 2010.jpg Huitfeldt, AnnikenAnniken Huitfeldt Labour 20 October 2009 21 September 2012 2 years, 335 days Stoltenberg II [10]
Hadia Tajik - Arbeiderpartiet.jpg Tajik, HadiaHadia Tajik Labour 21 September 2012 16 October 2013 1 year, 26 days Stoltenberg II [10]
Widvey, ThorhildThorhild Widvey Conservative 16 October 2013 present 0 years, 341 days Solberg [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Erna Solberg's Government". Government.no. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Odvar Nordli's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gro Harlem Brundtland's Second Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jan Syse's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gro Harlem Brundtland's Third Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Thorbjørn Jagland's Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Kjell Magne Bondevik's First Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jens Stoltenberg's First Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kjell Magne Bondevik's Second Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Jens Stoltenberg's Second Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.