From an early age Hågensen has been active in Norwegian organization life and politics. He is most notable for his 12 years in office (1989–2001) as leader of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions.
After his last term as trade union leader in 2001 he left the organization, but remains active in Norwegian politics as a political consultant. Hågensen is also part of the electoral campaign of the Norwegian Labour Party. He is also heavily involved in senior citizen related politics and adult education causes. Since 1972 he has been a strong supporter of the proposed Norwegian membership in the European Union.
- Information about his autobiography from Aschehoug publishing house (in Norwegian)
- Interview with Yngve Hågensen at Norgesdokumentasjon (in Norwegian)
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