|10th Prime Minister of Norway|
12 January 1976 – 30 January 1981
|Preceded by||Trygve Bratteli|
|Succeeded by||Gro Harlem Brundtland|
|17th County Governor of Hedmark|
11 March 1981 – 17 September 1994
|Preceded by||Anfinn Lund|
|Succeeded by||Kjell Borgen|
|Vice President of the Storting|
6 February 1981 – 10 June 1985
|Preceded by||Svenn Stray|
|Succeeded by||Reiulf Steen|
|Minister of Local Government|
17 March 1971 – 18 August 1972
|Prime Minister||Trygve Bratteli|
|Preceded by||Helge Rognlien|
|Succeeded by||Johan Skipnes|
|Member of the Norwegian Parliament|
1 September 1961 – 13 October 1981
3 November 1927
Tangen, Hedmark, Norway
|Alma mater||University of Oslo|
|Religion||Church of Norway|
|Awards||Order of St. Olav|
|Years of service||1948|
Nordli grew up in Tangen in Stange, Hedmark. After World War II he served in the Independent Norwegian Brigade Group in Germany, part of the Allied forces occupying post-war Germany. By education he became a certified accountant before entering politics, and worked in this field until 1961. He served as deputy mayor of Stange municipality from 1951 to 1963.
He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Hedmark in 1961, and was re-elected on five occasions. He had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the terms 1954–1957 and 1958–1961.
Nordli became a cabinet member in 1971, serving as Minister of Local Government in the first cabinet Bratteli. He became Prime Minister in 1976, heading the cabinet Nordli which succeeded the second cabinet Bratteli. He had to govern through several tough cases like the so-called double-resolution over NATO and the national controversy over the damming of the Alta-Kautokeino river. The cabinet Nordli sat until February 1981, when it was followed by another labour party cabinet: Brundtland's First Cabinet.
In social policy, Nordli's premiership saw the passage of a law in June 1978 in which sickness benefits were to equal 100% of gross wages from the first day of sickness for up to 312 days for the same sickness.
After retiring as prime minister in 1981, he was elected vice president of the Storting. He served as vice president until 1985.
His career in politics ended with the post of County Governor of Hedmark, which he held from 1981 until his retirement in 1993. He was also a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1985 to 1993.
Since retiring, Nordli has had a number of books published.
- "Odvar Nordli" (in Norwegian). Storting.
- Documentary featuring Nordli
- Growth to limits: the Western European welfare states since World War 2: Volume 4 by Peter Flora
|Norwegian Minister of Local Government
|Prime Minister of Norway
Gro Harlem Brundtland
|County Governor of Hedmark
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