Helen Bjørnøy

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Helen Bjørnøy
Helen Bjoernoey, norsk miljominister, under nordiskt miljoministermote i Kopenhamn 2006-03-16.jpg
County Governor of Buskerud
Assumed office
1 October 2013
Preceded by Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl
Minister of the Environment
In office
17 October 2005 – 18 October 2007
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Knut Arild Hareide
Succeeded by Erik Solheim
Personal details
Born (1954-02-18) 18 February 1954 (age 64)
Ålesund, Norway
Political party Socialist Left Party
Spouse(s) Torstein Lalim
Occupation Priest

Helen Oddveig Bjørnøy (born 18 February 1954 in Ålesund, Norway) is a Norwegian Lutheran minister and politician (Socialist Left Party), currently County Governor of Buskerud. From October 2005 to October 2007, she was Minister of the Environment in the Red-Green Coalition cabinet headed by Jens Stoltenberg. On 18 October 2007 she was relieved from her duties in the government and replaced by Erik Solheim (Socialist Left Party).

Bjørnøy graduated from MF Norwegian School of Theology in 1980 and was ordained a minister in the Church of Norway the same year. She held a teaching position as assistant professor in the field of Ethics at Lovisenberg Deaconal University College from 1991 to 1999. Her last position before entering into government was Secretary General for the Church City Mission, Kirkens Bymisjon (1999–2005).


Political offices
Preceded by
Knut Arild Hareide
Norwegian Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Erik Solheim
Civic offices
Preceded by
Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl
County Governor of Buskerud