Arnljot Strømme Svendsen

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Arnljot Ole Strømme Svendsen (born 5 December 1921), is a Norwegian economist and Conservative politician.

Born in Kristiania, he is the son of Ole A. Strømme Svendsen (1883–1975) and Dagmar Bærem (1886–1976). He took the cand.oecon. degree in 1946, having finished his secondary education five years previously. In 1948 he was hired as a research fellow at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. He was promoted to docent in 1956, and to professor ten years later. He managed Samfunnsøkonomisk Institutt from 1957 to 1967 and the Skipsfartsøkonomisk Institutt from 1958 to his retirement in 1991. In 1953 he married Bertha I. Nygaard.[1]

Having been a member of Bergen city council from 1956 to 1967, he chaired the local Conservative Party chapter from 1967 to 1970.[1] In 1972 he led the county chapter of Ja til EF.[2] He also chaired the board of the theatre Den Nationale Scene from 1960 to 1991, the Norwegian Theatres Association from 1970 to 1992, and the board of Den norske Creditbank's department in Bergen.[1] He helped found the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, chairing it for ten years. He was a board member of the Bergen International Festival, and an ordinary member of the National Wages Board.[1]

He authored biographies on Vebjørn Tandberg (together with Helmer Dahl), Rolf Berntzen and Lothar Lindtner (with Alf H. Madsen), and Hilmar Reksten.[1] Other important books are Sea Transport and Shipping Economics (1958), Industriens historie i Norge (1969, with Gunnar Wasberg) and I fartens, kraftens og velstandens epoke (1977).[3] His academic publications count approximately 120, and he is a member of the Selskapet til Vitenskapenes Fremme from 1967. He has won the Hedda Award and is a Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rødland, Kjartan. "Arnljot Strømme Svendsen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "SP-tillitsmenn i JA-aksjonen". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 3 May 1972. 
  3. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Arnljot Strømme Svendsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 15 October 2009.