Alv Kjøs

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Alv Kjøs
Alv Kjøs 1915.jpg
Alv Kjøs in 1915
Photographer: Gustav Borgen
Member of Parliament
for Hedmark
In office
Personal details
Born (1894-06-04)4 June 1894
Løiten, Norway
Died 14 April 1990(1990-04-14) (aged 95)
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Conservative
Occupation Army officer and farmer

Alv Kjøs (4 June 1894 – 14 April 1990) was a Norwegian army officer and politician for the Conservative Party.

Early life and military career[edit]

He was born in Løiten,[1] the son of farmers Andreas Olsen Kjøs and Dina Baardsdatter.[2]

Having achieved his examen artium academic certification in 1914, he graduated from the upper section of the Norwegian Military Academy in 1917. Upon graduating, he joined the infantry of the 2nd Division as a first lieutenant. He first served in the 6th Infantry Regiment, before transferring to the 5th Infantry Regiment in 1921.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Hedmark in 1937, and was re-elected on five occasions. From 1958 to 1961 he was President of the Odelsting, and from 1961 to 1965 he was Vice President of the Storting.

On the local level, Kjøs was a member of Løten municipal council from 1931 to 1945. He chaired the municipal party chapter from 1930 to 1934, and the county chapter from 1937 to 1946. From 1954 to 1962 he chaired the party nationwide.

Kjøs in 1964

Second World War[edit]

During the German invasion of Norway in 1940, the major Kjøs fought in Southern and Northern Norway. When officers were arrested as prisoners-of-war in 1942 during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany Kjøs was imprisoned in Grini concentration camp from April. In August 1943 he was transferred to Grune in Germany (now: Poland), later to Schildberg and Luckenwalde.[3] In 1946 he was promoted to colonel. Besides his military career he was a farmer.

He was decorated as a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav in 1964.[4]


  1. ^ "Alv Kjøs" (in Norwegian). Storting. 
  2. ^ a b Barth, Bjarne Keyser, ed. (1930). "Kjøs, A.". Norges militære embedsmenn 1929 (in Norwegian). Oslo: A. M. Hanche. p. 317. 
  3. ^ Ottosen, Kristian, ed. (2004). Nordmenn i fangenskap 1940–1945 (in Norwegian) (2nd ed.). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 397. ISBN 82-15-00288-9. 
  4. ^ Torgersen, Rolf Normann (1987). Ordener (in Norwegian). Oslo: Nye Atheneum. p. 189. ISBN 82-7334-148-8. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
C. J. Hambro
Chairman of the Norwegian Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Sjur Lindebrække