Jan Petersen

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This article is about the Norwegian politician. For the historian with the same name, see Jan Petersen (historian).
Jan Petersen (2009)

Jan Petersen (born 11 June 1946 in Oslo) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party.

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Akershus in 1981, and was re-elected on six occasions. He had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1973–1977. From 2001 to 2005, when the second cabinet Bondevik held office, Petersen was Minister of Foreign Affairs. During this period his seat in parliament was held by André Oktay Dahl.

On the local level Petersen was a member of Oppegård municipal council from 1967 to 1983, serving as mayor from 1975 to 1981.

He chaired the Conservative Party from 1994 to 2004. From 1971 to 1973 he was the leader of the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party.

Outside of politics, Petersen has a cand.jur. degree from the University of Oslo in 1973. Before entering national politics he worked for a few years in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). He is the current Norwegian ambassador to Austria.

In 2004, Petersen was appointed a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Hans Svelland
Leader of the Norwegian Young Conservatives
Succeeded by
Per-Kristian Foss
Preceded by
Kaci Kullmann Five
Leader of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Erna Solberg