Erling Lae

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Erling Lae, 2007.

Erling Lae (born 16 March 1947) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party.

He was born in Oslo, is a cand.philol. by education and formerly worked as a journalist. From 1981 to 1985 he was a political advisor in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Administration. He was elected to Oslo city council in 1991, and was a city commissioner between 1997 and 2000. From 2000 to 2009 he was the governing mayor of Oslo. As such he headed the executive branch of the city government in the capital city of Norway.[1]

He was a deputy leader of the Conservative Party from 2008 to 2010.[1] In 2010 he was announced as the new county governor of Vestfold, succeeding Mona Røkke.[2] He was, however, replaced in the summer of 2016 by Per Arne Olsen.

Lae is openly gay.[3] He is married to Jens Torstein Olsen, a Lutheran minister.[4]


  1. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Erling Lae". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Ulrichsen, Henrik (12 March 2010). "Erling Lae ny fylkesmann". Tønsbergs Blad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Mo, Ida Svingen (18 June 2007). "Lae hyllet i Berlin". Dagsavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 10 January 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Marianne Henriksen: Baker jula inn Vestfold Blad, 15 December 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
position created
Oslo City Commissioner of Senior Citizens and the Boroughs
Succeeded by
Bård Folke Fredriksen
Preceded by
Anne Herseth
Oslo City Commissioner of Healthcare
May 2000–June 2000
Succeeded by
Ellen Chr. Christiansen
Preceded by
Fritz Huitfeldt
Governing mayor of Oslo
Succeeded by
Stian Berger Røsland
Civic offices
Preceded by
Mona Røkke
County Governor of Vestfold
Succeeded by
Per Arne Olsen