Jens Bratlie

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Jens Bratlie
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5th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Monarch Haakon VII
Preceded by Wollert Konow
Succeeded by Gunnar Knudsen
President of the Storting
In office
1910 – 1912
Served with Magnus Halvorsen and Wollert Konow
Preceded by Edvard A. Liljedahl
Gunnar Knudsen
Carl Berner
Succeeded by Jørgen Løvland
Søren Tobias Årstad
Gunnar Knudsen
Minister of Defence
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Karl Bull
Succeeded by Hans Vilhelm Keilhau
Minister of Finance
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 january 1913
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Wollert Konow
Succeeded by Gunnar Knudsen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
Constituency Oslo
In office
Constituency Oslo
Personal details
Born 17 January 1856
Nordre Land, Norway
Died 15 September 1939(1939-09-15) (aged 83)
Oslo, Norway
Resting place Vår Frelsers Gravlund
Political party Conservative Party
Other political
National Legion
Residence Utøya
Alma mater The Royal Frederick University
Awards St. Olavs Orden stripe.svgOrder of St. Olav
SWE Order of Vasa - Knight 2nd Class BAR.png Order of Vasa
DNK Order of Danebrog Commander 1st Degree BAR.png Order of the Dannebrog
SVE Svärdsorden BAR.svg Order of the Sword
Military service
Allegiance  Norway
Service/branch Norwegian army coat of arms.svg Norwegian Army
Years of service 1873 – 1929
Rank NOR OF7.png Major General

Jens Kristian Meinich Bratlie (17 January 1856 – 15 September 1939) was a Norwegian politician, representing the Conservative Party. He was Prime Minister of Norway from 1912 to 1913.[1] He was trained as an army officer (eventually rising to the level of Major General) and also obtained a law degree allowing him to work as a high-ranking civil servant. Bratlie held several offices such as leader of the conservative party (1910–11) and president of the parliament (1910–12). He is the only unmarried person to be prime minister of Norway. Bratlie came from a family of leading businessmen and civil servants.

In the 1927 Norwegian parliamentary election he was the fourth ballot candidate for the party National Legion, behind Karl Meyer, Frøis Frøisland and Thorvald Aadahl.[2] In a press release, the National Legion (led by Meyer) stated that it had cherrypicked "strong" personalities to combat the hardships in Norwegian politics.[3] Frøisland denounced the ballot in an Aftenposten piece, stating that himself, Aadahl and Bratlie was unwilling and unaware of the nomination. He stated that a vote for the National Legion would be a wasted vote in the struggle against the "communists". However, according to Norwegian election law the people who were listed on the ballot had no legal grounds to avoid being nominated.[4] His interment was at Vår Frelsers gravlund.


  1. ^ Biography -
  2. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. VIII. 69. Stortingsvalget 1927" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 
  3. ^ "Den Nationale Legions nye valgliste for Oslo". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). 23 September 1927. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Den Nationale Legions liste". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 24 September 1927. p. 4. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Wollert Konow
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Gunnar Knudsen