Olav Gunnar Ballo

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Olav Gunnar Ballo

Olav Gunnar Ballo (born 22 October 1956) is a Norwegian former politician for the Socialist Left Party (SV). Ballo changed party to Arbeiderpartiet in 2011.[1] Ballo was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Finnmark in 1997. He studied medicine at University of Würzburg, and has worked as a medical doctor. Ballo represented SV in Alta municipality council from 1991-1997. Ballo was the leader of the National Forensics Institute ("Rettsmedisinsk institutt") in Norway between 2009 and 2010/2011.

Ballo lost his daughter Kaja Bordevich Ballo in 2008. She committed suicide on 28 March 2008. This happened some hours after she had taken a Scientology personality test. The news made the front page of Norway's biggest newspapers, such as Verdens Gang and Dagbladet.[2] Ballo divorced his first wife of 15 years in 1998. In 1999 he met, and later married, Heidi Sørensen, a politician for the Socialist Left.[3]

Parliamentary Presidium duties[edit]

Olav Gunnar Ballo in February 2009, speaking in the Parliament of Norway.
  • 2005 – 2009 Vice President of the Odelsting.
  • 1997 – 2001 Vice Secretary of the Odelsting.

Parliamentary Committee duties[edit]


  • Ballo, Olav Gunnar (2009). Kaja: 1988-2008 (in Norwegian). Norway: Cappelen Damm. ISBN 82-02-28932-7.


  1. ^ Ballo inn i Ap, Altaposten 21. oktober 2011; besøkt 26.10.2011. «– Kristin Halvorsen og hennes linje har jeg hatt sans for, men bak henne er det for mange svermere. Jeg er realpolitiker, ønsker å se resultater og leker ikke politikk slik mange sentrale SV-ere holder på med, tordner han.»
  2. ^ "Police probe suicide linked to Scientologists". Aftenposten. 16 April 2008. Archived from the original on May 24, 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Livet som kone nr. 2". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 10 April 2005. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2009.

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