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
Personal details
Born 17 January 1856
Nordre Land, Norway
Died 15 September 1939(1939-09-15) (aged 83)
Oslo, Norway
Political party Conservative Party

Jens Kristian Meinich Bratlie (17 January 1856, Nordre Land – 15 September 1939, Oslo) 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]


  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