Minister of Defence (Norway)

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Norwegian defence ministers after 1945
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen Espen Barth Eide Grete Faremo Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen Kristin Krohn Devold Bjørn Tore Godal Eldbjørg Løwer Dag Jostein Fjærvoll Jørgen Kosmo Johan Jørgen Holst Per Ditlev-Simonsen Johan Jørgen Holst Rolf Presthus Anders Sjaastad Thorvald Stoltenberg Rolf Arthur Hansen Alv Jakob Fostervoll Johan Kleppe Alv Jakob Fostervoll Gunnar Hellesen Otto Grieg Tidemand Gudmund Harlem Håkon Kyllingmark Gudmund Harlem Nils Kristoffer Handal Kai Birger Knudsen Nils Langhelle Jens Christian Hauge Oscar Torp

The Norwegian Minister of Defence is the head of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. The position has existed since 1814. The incumbent minister since 16 October 2013 is Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party.

Between 1819 and 1885 the Ministry was split into two different ministries, the Ministry of the Navy and the Army Ministry.

List of Norwegian Ministers of Defence[edit]

Name From To
The position was named Chief of 6th Ministry from 1814 to 1818
Diderik Hegermann 1814 1816
Peter Motzfeldt 1816 1818
Mathias Sommerhielm 1818 1819
The position was named Minister of the Army from 1818 to 1885
Jonas Collett 1819 1819
Nicolai Krog 1822 1825
Jørgen Herman Vogt 1825 1826
Nicolai Krog 1826 1828
Thomas Fasting 1828 1829
Nicolai Krog 1839 1832
Thomas Fasting 1832 1833
Nicolai Krog 1833 1835
Valentin Sibbern 1835 1836
Nicolai Krog 1836 1837
Palle Rømer Fleischer 1837 1839
Oluf Borch de Schouboe 1839 1839
Valentin Sibbern 1839 1840
Palle Rømer Fleischer 1840 1842
Oluf Borch de Schouboe 1842 1843
Palle Rømer Fleischer 1843 1846
Valentin Sibbern 1846 1847
Palle Rømer Fleischer 1847 1848
Thomas Edvard von Westen Sylow 1848 1851
Hans Christian Petersen 1851 1852
Ole Wilhelm Erichsen 1852 1852
Hans Christian Petersen 1852 1853
Thomas Edvard von Westen Sylow 1852 1853
Hans Glad Bloch 1853 1856
Hans Christian Petersen 1856 1857
Harald Wergeland (acting) 1857 1857
Hans Christian Petersen 1857 1857
Hans Glad Bloch 1857 1860
Harald Wergeland 1860 1862
August Christian Manthey 1862 1863
Harald Wergeland 1863 1866
August Christian Manthey 1866 1867
Harald Wergeland 1867 1868
Niels Christian Irgens 1868 1872
August Christian Manthey 1872 1872
Lorentz Henrik Müller Segelcke 1872 1874
Christian Selmer 1874 1875
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting) 1875 1875
Christian Selmer 1875 1875
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting) 1875 1875
Lorentz Henrik Müller Segelcke 1875 1877
Adolph Frederik Munthe 1877 1879
Christian Selmer 1879 1880
Adolph Frederik Munthe 1880 1881
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting) 1881 1881
Adolph Frederik Munthe 1881 1884
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting) 1884 1884
Lars Christian Dahll 1884 1884
Ludvig Daae 1884 1885
The position was named Minister of Defence from 1885 to present
Johan Sverdrup 1885 1889
Edvard Hans Hoff 1889 1891
Peter Theodor Holst 1891 1893
Christian Wilhelm Engel Bredal Olssøn 1893 1894
Johannes Winding Harbitz 1894 1895
Christian Wilhelm Engel Bredal Olssøn 1895 1898
Peter Theodor Holst 1898 1900
Georg Stang 1900 1903
Thomas Heftye 1903 1903
Oscar Sigvald Julius Strugstad 1903 1905
Christian Wilhelm Engel Bredal Olssøn 1905 1907
Christian Michelsen (acting) 1907 1907
Karl Friedrich Griffin Dawes 1907 1908
Thomas Heftye 1908 1908
Haakon Ditlev Lowzow 1908 1909
August Geelmuyden Spørck 1909 1910
Karl Sigwald Johannes Bull 1910 1912
Jens Bratlie 1912 1913
Hans Vilhelm Keilhau 1913 1914
Christian Theodor Holtfodt 1914 1919
Rudolf Elias Peersen 1919 1919
Ivar Aavatsmark 1919 1920
Karl Wilhelm Wefring 1920 1921
Ivar Aavatsmark 1921 1923
Karl Wilhelm Wefring 1923 1924
Rolf Jacobsen 1924 1926
Karl Wilhelm Wefring 1926 1926
Ingolf Elster Christensen 1926 1928
Fredrik Monsen 1928 1928
Torgeir Anderssen-Rysst 1928 1931
Vidkun Quisling 1931 1933
Jens Isak de Lange Kobro 1933 1935
Fredrik Monsen 1935 1935
Adolf Indrebø 1935 1935
Oscar Torp (acting) 1935 1936
Fredrik Monsen 1936 1939
Birger Ljungberg 1939 1942
Oscar Torp (government in exile) 1942 1945
Alf Whist (Quisling puppet government)
(minister without portfolio with responsibility for the war effort of private businesses)
1942 1945
Jens Christian Hauge 1945 1952
Nils Langhelle 1952 1954
Kai Birger Knudsen 1954 1955
Nils Handal 1955 1961
Gudmund Harlem 1961 1963
Håkon Kyllingmark 1963 1963
Gudmund Harlem 1963 1965
Otto Grieg Tidemand 1965 1970
Gunnar Hellesen 1970 1971
Alv Fostervoll 1971 1972
Johan Kleppe 1972 1973
Alv Fostervoll 1973 1976
Rolf Arthur Hansen 1976 1979
Thorvald Stoltenberg 1979 1981
Anders C. Sjaastad 1981 1986
Rolf Presthus 1986 1986
Johan Jørgen Holst 1986 1989
Per Ditlev-Simonsen 1989 1990
Johan Jørgen Holst 1990 1993
Jørgen Kosmo 1993 1997
Dag Jostein Fjærvoll 1997 1999
Eldbjørg Løwer 1999 2000
Bjørn Tore Godal 2000 2001
Kristin Krohn Devold 2001 2005
Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen 2005 2009
Grete Faremo 2009 2011
Espen Barth Eide 2011 2012
Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen 2012 2013
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide 2013 present

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