Fritz Nilsen

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Fritz Nilsen (22 July 1939 – 30 November 2000) was a Norwegian journalist.

He was born in Sandnessjøen, and studied literature at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen.[1] He was hired in the 1960s as a secretary for the Socialist People's Party parliamentary group.[2] He then worked in the Norwegian News Agency, and in 1971 he was hired in the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. He was their correspondent in East Asia, stationed in Singapore from 1979 to 1983. He worked two years in Norway before becoming correspondent in Beijing. He reported from the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He was later the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's Middle East correspondent from 1994 to 1999.[1] The headquarters were in Cairo and Amman.[2]

At home in Norway, Nilsen also chaired the local trade union branch.[2] He wrote several books, mostly about topics he had researched as a foreign correspondent, but also about socialist politics in Norway. His last book, the travel guide Jerusalem, was released posthumously in 2001.[3] He resided in Nesodden and died in November 2000.[1] Before his death he was considered for the Socialist Left Party ballot in the Norwegian parliamentary election, 2001.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Helle, Nils Christian (1 December 2000). "Fritz Nilsen er død". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fritz Nilsen er død" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 30 November 2000. 
  3. ^ List of publications in BIBSYS
  4. ^ Lundgaard, Hilde (5 December 2000). "Nominasjonskamp i Oslo SV". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 8. 
Media offices
Preceded by
position created
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent in Singapore
Succeeded by
Bjørn Egil Eide
Preceded by
Gunnar Høidahl
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent in Beijing
Succeeded by
Siv Nordrum
Preceded by
Odd Karsten Tveit
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent in the Middle East
Succeeded by
Lars Sigurd Sunnanå