Jonas Gahr Støre

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The Honourable
Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre undated.jpg
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
14 June 2014
Monarch Harald V
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Jens Stoltenberg
Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
14 June 2014
Preceded by Jens Stoltenberg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
17 October 2005 – 21 September 2012
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Jan Petersen
Succeeded by Espen Barth Eide
Minister of Health and Care Services
In office
21 September 2012 – 16 October 2013
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
Succeeded by Bent Høie
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2009
Constituency Oslo
Personal details
Born Jonas Gahr Støre
(1960-08-25) 25 August 1960 (age 56)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Labour
Relations Marit Slagsvold
Children 3
Alma mater Royal Norwegian Naval Academy
Religion Lutheranism[1][2][3]
Website Government page

Jonas Gahr Støre (born 25 August 1960) is a Norwegian politician and the leader of the Labour Party and the Leader of the Opposition. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs 2005–2012 and as Minister of Health and Care Services 2012–2013. He has been a member of the Storting since 2009, and has been deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs since 2013.[4]

Støre studied political science at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris from 1981 to 1985. He worked for Gro Harlem Brundtland as adviser and later director general at the Prime Minister's Office from 1989 to 1997. He was Executive director at the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2000 and Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Oslo, Jonas Gahr Støre is the son of ship broker Ulf Jonas Støre (1925-) and librarian Unni Gahr (1931-).[5] He attended Berg School in Oslo, then underwent naval officer training at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. He later studied political science for five years at the Sciences Po in Paris.[6]

Støre started his professional career as a teaching fellow in the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School in 1986. This was followed by a position as a researcher at the Norwegian School of Management from 1986 to 1989.

Career in public administration and organizations[edit]

He was previously affiliated with the Conservative Party (Bokmål: Høyre; Nynorsk: Høgre) having applied for a position as political advisor on foreign affairs for Høyre.[7] He was offered the job but subsequently turned it down.[7] In 1989, Støre became special adviser in the Prime Minister's office of Gro Harlem Brundtland. .[7] He formally became a member of the Labour Party in 1995.

He later became an ambassador in the Norwegian Delegation to the United Nations Office at Geneva. His first major international position was as Executive Director (Chief of Staff) in the World Health Organization under the leadership of Gro Harlem Brundtland.

He was Executive Chairman of the think tank ECON Analyse from 2002 to 2003 and Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross from 2003 to 2005.

Political career[edit]

Foreign Minister[edit]

In 2005, Støre was appointed foreign minister in Jens Stoltenberg's government, serving in that position until 2012. Numerous polls showed that Støre was the most popular member of the Stoltenberg government.[8]

Health Minister[edit]

From 2012 to 2013, Støre served as Minister of Health.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2009 general election in Norway, Støre was elected to the Norwegian parliament, Stortinget, and represents Oslo. He was reelected in 2013.

Leader of the Labour Party[edit]

On 14 June 2014, he was elected leader of the Labour Party, succeeding Jens Stoltenberg, who had been appointed Secretary-General of NATO.

Hotel Serena attack[edit]

On 14 January 2008, a suicide bomber struck the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Støre was staying.[9] Støre was unhurt in the incident, which killed six people including Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomassen.[10] United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stated that Støre was the target of the attack,[11] but this claim was rejected by a Taliban spokesperson.[12] Støre canceled the rest of his visit to Afghanistan the day after the attack.[13]

Other activities[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Støre is married to sociologist Marit Slagsvold, and they have three sons, who attended Oslo Waldorf School.[15] Støre is a professed Christian[16] and both he and his wife are noted as supporters of Waldorf education and active within the anthroposophic community in Oslo more broadly.[17]

Støre is a multi-millionaire, with a fortune of around NOK 40,000,000 (approx. US$6,800,000 in 2008).[18][19][20] He owns 25% of the family-owned company Trestø and part of Femstø, another company owned by the Støre family. Trestø has a 5% share in the company Clipper Skagen DA and a 1% share in Clipper Viking DA. Both companies are run by Solvang ASA and own three LNG carriers, Clipper Harald, Clipper Viking and Clipper Skagen.[21]


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  4. ^ a b Støre, Jonas Gahr ( 1960- ) Retrieved 7 November 2013. (Norwegian)
  5. ^ Jonas Gahr Støre Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  6. ^ Jonas Gahr Støre Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
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  9. ^ Taleban attack Kabul luxury hotel, BBC News, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  10. ^ Bombeangrep mot Støres hotell, Aftenposten, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  11. ^ FNs generalsekretær: - Støre var målet, Aftenposten, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  12. ^ Taliban: - Støre var ikke målet, VG Nett, 14 January 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
  13. ^ VG: Støre trolig hjem til Norge etter terrorangrepet, published 14 January 2008 (Norwegian)
  14. ^ Crisis Group Announces New Board Members International Crisis Group, press release of 28 July 2016.
  15. ^ Hallgeir Opedal: Internasjonal samlivsterapeut Dagbladet, 10 July 2013
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  17. ^ AntroPost 3-2008
  18. ^ "Sjekk skattelistene–Jonas Gahr Støre (2009)" [Check the tax listings–Jonas Gahr Støre (2009)]. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Jensen, Christine (17 October 2005). "Mangemillionær som utenriksminister" [Multi-millionaire as foreign minister]. VG (in Norwegian). Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  20. ^ Krekling, David Vojislav (21 October 2009). "Her taper Grete Faremo 14,4 millioner kroner" [Here Grete Faremo is losing 14.4 million kroner] (in Norwegian). NRK. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. 
  21. ^ "Støre får Høyre-refs for ikke å ha oppgitt eierskap" [Støre censured by Conservative Party for failing to declare ownership]. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). NTB. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jan Egeland
Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross
Succeeded by
Trygve G. Nordby