Anne Lindboe

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Anne Lindboe
Anne Lindboe.jpg
7th Children's_Ombudsman#Norway
Assumed office
Preceded by Reidar Hjermann
Personal details
Born 1 August 1971
Profession Paediatrician

Anne Lindboe (born 1 August 1971) is a Norwegian paediatrician, currently serving as the Norwegian Children's Ombudsman. She was appointed by the Government of Norway for a six-year term in 2012.[1]

Early life, education and medical career[edit]

Anne Lindboe grew up in Revetal, Vestfold. Her parents were teachers. As a young girl she sang in the Sandefjord Jentekor.[2]

She obtained the (MD) degree at the University of Oslo in 2000, and also holds an MBA in Management from the Norwegian School of Economics. She was approved as a specialist in paediatrics in 2011.

From 2008 to 2011, she was a consultant at Statens Barnehus Oslo, and from 2010 also a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She worked as an intern at Bærum Hospital 2001–2002 and as an assistant physician at Drammen Hospital 2002–2003 and Ullevål University Hospital 2004–2007. In 2010, she admitted to the PhD programme at the University of Oslo, but has not completed a doctorate.[3]

Children's Ombudsman[edit]

She has compared long time child custody conflicts to child neglect, and has suggested that mediation between parents should be mandatory before such cases are brought in for court.[2]

In summer 2012, she was interviewed for Vårt Land (Norwegian newspaper), where she demanded that religious male circumcision changes in symbolic term.[4] Invited in Helsinki at NOCIRC & Sexpo (organisation) symposium, 2 October 2012, Anne Lindboe confirmed that she was approached by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre but upheld her view that traditional male circumcision should be banned.[5] In 2013 Anne Lindboe and the children's ombudsmen from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland along with the Chair of the Danish Children's Council and the children's spokesperson for Greenland passed a resolution to "Let boys decide for themselves whether they want to be circumcised."[6] They further declared that "Circumcision without a medical indication on a person unable to provide informed consent conflicts with basic principles of medical ethics."[7]


Anne Lindboe is married and has three children. The family lives in Ullevål Hageby, Oslo.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ (27. april 2012): Anne Lindboe blir nytt barneombud Archived August 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 27. april 2012
  2. ^ a b c Hugo Lauritz Jenssen et al: Alt for barna Dagens Næringsliv, 3 March 2012
  3. ^ (27. april 2012): Anne Lindboe utnevnt som nytt barneombud, retrieved 27. april 2012
  4. ^ Vart Land (21. july 2012) Archived August 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Nordic Association of Ombudsmen. Let the boys decide on circumcision. Adopted at Oslo, 30 September 2013.
  7. ^ Nordic children’s ombudsmen take historic step to protect children’s rights Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Preceded by
Reidar Hjermann
Children's Ombudsman of Norway