Bjarne Berg-Sæther

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Bjarne Berg-Sæther (14 April 1919 – 5 August 2009) was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Tjeldsund as the son of coastal pilot Magnar Berg-Sæther (1876–1948) and wife Magna Toresen (1881–1952). He was educated in England from 1939 in languages and economics.[1] In 1943 he married Gudrun Jackobsen (1907–1994) and they had one son, Tor Arne Berg—Sæther (1946–2006) and one daughter, Bente Ramsvik (1948-). After the war he was hired in the Ministry of Local Government and Labour,[1] where he was in charge of integrating refugees from Finnmark from 1946 to 1952.

Major awards[edit]

Berg-Sæther participated in the Second World War, and was given the Defence Medal 1940–1945.[2] The city of Harstad's honor medal (1969)[1] The Norwegian government's county honor medal by Prime Minister Gro H. Bruntland (1989) [1] The King's Service Medal in Gold 2001 by King Harald the 5th.[3]

Political career[edit]

He chaired his Labour Party chapter from 1945 to 1952, and was first elected mayor of Sandtorg in 1947 and held this office until 1963, when the municipality was incorporated into Harstad. He then sat as mayor of Harstad from 1963 to 1967, and continued as a member of the municipal council until 1975. He was a member of the Troms provincial council from 1947 to 1963, and served as the mayor of the Troms province from 1963 to 1967. He served as a deputy member of the Norwegian Parliament during the terms 1965-1969 and 1969–1973; in total he met for 347 working days in Parliament.[1]

Bjarne Berg-Sæther chaired several public boards, including Vågsfjord Kraftselskap (1956–1975), the Evenes Airport building committee (1964–1967), Harstad Hospital (1969–1976), the public transportation company Harstad Oppland Rutebil (1964–1986), Fiskernes Bank and later Kreditkassen Bank in Harstad (1975–1986). He was a member of the National Postal Advisory Board (1978–1986) and vice chair of Niingen Kraftlag (1980–1990).[1]


He held the Office manager and CFO positions at Trondenes Kraftverk and Sør-Troms Elforsyning A/S power companies for 32 years (1954–86)

He died on the 5th of August 2009.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bjarne Berg-Sæther" (in Norwegian). Storting. 
  2. ^ a b Eriksen, Helge (11 August 2009). "Bjarne Berg-Sæther (obituary)". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Royal Norwegian Castle's". Archives
Further reading
  • Kristian Steinnes: Ved egne krefter. Harstad 2003
Political offices
Preceded by
County mayor of Troms
Succeeded by