Reiulf Steen

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Reiulf Steen
Reiulf Steen.PNG
Norwegian Ambassador to Chile
In office
1992–1996
Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland
21st Vice President of the Storting
In office
1985–1989
Prime Minister Kåre Willoch
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded by Odvar Nordli
Succeeded by Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl
Minister of Trade and Shipping
In office
15 January 1976 – 8 October 1979
Prime Minister Odvar Nordli
Preceded by Hallvard Bakke
Succeeded by Kari Gjesteby
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
17 March 1971 – 18 August 1972
Prime Minister Trygve Bratteli
Preceded by Håkon Kyllingmark
Succeeded by John Austrheim
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
1975–1981
Preceded by Trygve Bratteli
Succeeded by Gro Harlem Brundtland
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1977–1992
Constituency Oslo (1977-1985)
Akershus (1985-1992)
Personal details
Born (1933-08-16)August 16, 1933
Hurum, Norway
Died June 5, 2014(2014-06-05) (aged 80)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality  Norway
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Inés Vargas
Children 4
Profession Journalist
Awards Order of Merit (Chile)
Order of Bernardo O'Higgins
Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo

Reiulf Steen (16 August 1933 – 5 June 2014)[1] was a Norwegian politician for the Norwegian Labour Party. He was active in the Labour Party from 1958 to 1990, serving as deputy party chairman from 1965 to 1975 and chairman from 1975 to 1981.

Born in Hurum, Steen was elected leader of the regional Labour Party affiliate at age 14.[1] He started out his professional career as a factory worker but soon took a job as a journalist in the newspaper Fremtiden, in Drammen. He rose quickly through the ranks of his party, chairing the Workers' Youth League from 1961 to 1964.

He later served as minister of transportation from 1971 to 1972 and minister of commerce and trade from 1979 to 1981. From 1977 to 1993 he was a member of Parliament, representing the constituencies Oslo and Akershus. He was the vice president of the Socialist International from 1978 to 1983 and chaired its committee on Chile from 1975 to 1990. He maintained a long-standing interest in Latin America and was appointed Norwegian ambassador to Chile in 1992, a tenure that lasted until 1996.

In later years, his memoirs and personal recollections affected public opinion.[citation needed] He related accounts of his own psychiatric problems, difficulties within the Labour Party, and other contemporary issues.[citation needed] He has also written columns for several of the country's leading newspapers, dealing with matters such as the EU, the war in Iraq, and the shift to the right of his party in recent years. He was also active in ATTAC and chaired the Norwegian branch of the European Movement (1999–2001), Norsk Folkehjelp (1999–2003) and the Norwegian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (1986–1992).

He died on 5 June 2014 and was survived by his wife, four children from a prior marriage and step-family.[1][2] Via his step-daughter, he was father-in-law to Labour politician Raymond Johansen.[3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ørnen har landet, Tiden norsk forlag, 2003, ISBN 978-82-10-04839-5
  • Jordskjelv, 2000
  • Underveis, 1999
  • Beretninger, 1998
  • Ideene lever, 1992
  • Maktkamp, 1989
  • Inés – og det elskede landet, 1988
  • Der hjertet banker, 1986

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Former Ap leader Reiulf Steen dies". News in English. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Hans Olav Lahlum (6 June 2014) Triumfen og tragediene (Norwegian) Dagbladet. Retrieved 12 June 2014
  3. ^ Var en varm, kjærlig og distré familiemann (Norwegian) Dagbladet. Retrieved 12 June 2014

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Political offices
Preceded by
Håkon Olai Kyllingmark
Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications
1972–1973
Succeeded by
John Austrheim
Preceded by
Hallvard Bakke
Norwegian Minister of Trade and Shipping
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Kari Gjesteby
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bjartmar Gjerde
Chairman of the Workers' Youth League
1961–1964
Succeeded by
Ola Teigen
Preceded by
Trygve Bratteli
Chairman of the Norwegian Labour Party
1975–1981
Succeeded by
Gro Harlem Brundtland