Egil Werner Erichsen

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Egil Werner Erichsen (4 October 1901 – 3 March 2000) was a Norwegian corporate director and politician for the Conservative Party.[1]

He was born in Holt outside Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder as a son of district physician Stian Erichsen (1867–1953) and his wife Magdalene Susanne Werner (1870–1967).[2] His older brother was the future newspaper editor Rolv Werner Erichsen (1899–1988).[3] During the First World War, Erichsen was hit by the Spanish Flu, but did not spend one day in bed.[4] In 1921–22, he studied economics at the University of Caen, and was thereupon employed by the American Express Company in Paris.[2] In 1926, he graduated from the University of Oslo with a cand.oecon. degree.[5] Between 1926 and 1937, he headed the financial redaction of the Morgenbladet newspaper.[5] He was also editor-in-chief of the journal Økonomisk Revy from 1955 to 1970.[4][5] He married Giske Rasmussen in 1930.[2]

From 1948 to 1963, Erichsen was a member of the Oslo city council. He served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Oslo during the 1954–1957 term.[1] In 1963, he was appointed chairman of the board in the light rail company Holmenkolbanen, where he stayed until 1972.[6] In addition to this, he was deputy chairman of Oslo Sporveier from 1956 to 1967.[2] From 1937 to 1970, Erichsen was employed in the banking association Forretningsbankenes Konjunkturinstitutt.[2]

Erichsen wrote one book on the history of the Holmenkollen Line in 1948, and one about the Holmenkolbanen company in 1973.[6][7] He also wrote several books on the history of fabric and watermill industry in Norway.[2][8] In 1971, he was decorated with the St. Hallvard's Medal for his work at Holmenkolbanen.[5][9]

After his retirement from politics, Erichsen continued to attend the Conservative Party's national conventions.[10] In the 1990s, he wrote several op-eds in newspapers, in which he criticised the Norwegian media for their anti-EU sentiment and their treatment of the Conservative Party.[11][12] He died on 3 March 2000, and was described in his obituary by Johan Wahl as a "man with a firm conservative attitude of the old school".[4]


  • Et møllefirmas historie: Moss aktiemøller gjennom 50 år 1891–1941, 1941. 
  • Møllene ved Akerselven: Bjølsen valsemølle 1884–1944: fra vannhjulsmølle til storindustri, 1946. 
  • 75 år i norsk tekstil. Aalgaards Uldvarefabrikker – A/S De Forenede Ullvarefabrikker D.F.U. 1870–1945, 1947. 
  • Holmenkolbanen gjennom 50 år, 1948. 
  • Kjøbmandsbanken: 1913-1963, 1963. 
  • Aktieselskabet Holmenkolbanen 1948–1973, 1973. 


  1. ^ a b "Egil Werner Erichsen" (in Norwegian). Storting. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Erichsen, Egil Werner". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 141–42. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Hjeltnes, Guri (2005). "Werner Erichsen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Wahl, Johan (5 March 2000). "Egil Werner Erichsen". Aftenposten (obituary) (in Norwegian). p. 11. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Egil Werner Erichsen 95 år 4. oktober" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 18 September 1996. 
  6. ^ a b Erichsen, Egil W. (1973). Aktieselskabet Holmenkolbanen 1948–1973 (in Norwegian). A/S Holmenkolbanen. p. 27. 
  7. ^ "Holmenkollbanen". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 29 May 1948. p. 12. 
  8. ^ "Skotøyindustrien". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 5 October 1951. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "Tidligere mottakere av St. Hallvard-medaljen" (in Norwegian). Oslo Municipality. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Hvattum, Torstein (20 January 1990). "- Nå må vi vise lederskap". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 10. 
  11. ^ Erichsen, Egil W. (28 November 1990). "Medienes politiske slagside". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 2. 
  12. ^ Erichsen, Egil W. (6 November 1994). "Kort sagt EU-debatten". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 15.