Alv Jakob Fostervoll

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Alv Jakob Fostervoll (1974)

Alv Jakob Fostervoll (20 January 1932 – 15 June 2015) was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party. He served as the Governor of Møre og Romsdal from 1977 to 2002.

He was born in Kristiansund. He was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Møre og Romsdal in 1969, and was re-elected on one occasion. He was appointed Minister of Defence in 1971–1972 during the first cabinet Bratteli and in 1973–1976 during the second cabinet Bratteli. While he was appointed to the cabinet, his place in the Norwegian Parliament was taken by Oskar Edøy. He wrote three books on defence policy.

On the local level he held various position in Kristiansund municipality council from 1959 to 1969, serving as deputy mayor in the period 1967–1969. From 1967 to 1969 he was also a member of Møre og Romsdal county council. He chaired the regional party chapter from 1965 to 1969. His career in politics ended with the post of County Governor of Møre og Romsdal, which he held from 1977 to 2002.

Outside politics he worked as a military officer and, later, school teacher. He was the president of Norges Forsvarsforening from 1981 to 1989 and of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee from 1995 to 2007.

Honours and awards[edit]

Commander of the Order of St. Olav, 1995
Commander of the 1st degree Order of the Dannebrog, 1993
Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) , 1998
King Olav Vs Jubilee Medal 1957-1982, 1982
War Participant Association decorations, 1972
Home Guard Medal of Merit, 1984
The volunteers Skyttervesens decorations, 1989
Norwegian Defence Association decorations, 1991
CIORs decorations 1974


Government offices
Preceded by
Gunnar Hellesen
Norwegian Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Johan Kleppe
Preceded by
Johan Kleppe
Norwegian Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Rolf Arthur Hansen
Preceded by
Kåre Ellingsgård
County Governor of Møre og Romsdal
Succeeded by
Ottar Befring