Rolf Stranger

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Rolf Stranger
Rolf Stranger, 1930.jpg
Mayor of Oslo
In office
1940–1963
Personal details
Born (1891-01-15)January 15, 1891
Oslo, Norway
Died June 18, 1990(1990-06-18) (aged 99)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Alma mater University of Oslo
Rolf Stranger (right) with fellow former mayor of Oslo, Brynjulf Bull (1982)

Rolf Stranger (15 January 1891 – 18 June 1990) was a Norwegian businessman and politician for the Conservative Party who served as Mayor of Oslo.[1]

Biography[edit]

Rolf Stranger was born in Kristiania. He was the son of Anund Hanssen (1847-1931) and Hilda Theodora Jørgensen (1849-1910). He attended St. Hans Haugen school graduating artium in 190. He studied at University of Oslo graduating cand.jur. in 1914. After graduation, he joined the family business Hanssen & Bergh A / S, where he was manager from 1917 to 1953. The company was a wholesaler and clothing manufacturer .[2]

During the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, he was imprisoned in Bredtveit concentration camp from November 1943 to May 1944.[3]

Stranger was a long-time member member of the Oslo City Council serving from 1926-67. He served as Mayor of Oslo in the periods 1940–1941, 1945, 1955–1959 and 1962–1963. He represented Oslo in the Parliament of Norway in 1945 and was re-elected on one occasion. He had previously served in the position of deputy representative during the terms 1931–1933, 1934–1936 and 1937–1945. [4]

Cultural and civic activities[edit]

Stranger maintained a strong interest in various cultural and civic activities throughout his lengthy career. His was active in film, theater, music and art. From 1924 to 1971, he served as chairman of the Norwegian Trade Fair (Norges Varemesse). He was chairman of the Oslo Nye Teater during the period 1959-84. In 1982, he established an endowment, Rolf Strangers kulturfon, which finances scientific research in Oslo's cultural history. In 1987, he produced his autobiography Mitt hjertes Oslo (Oslo: Aschehoug, 1987. ISBN 9788203154171). In his honor, the eastern part of Rådhusplassen in Oslo was named Rolf Strangers plass during 1998. [5] [6] [7]

Honours and awards[edit]

Among his other honors, Stranger was awarded the King's Medal of Merit (Kongens fortjenstmedalje) in gold in 1957 and the Medal of St. Hallvard in 1960. He was made a Knight Grand Officer of the Order of St. Olav in 1965 and holder of Norwegian Commercial Association decorations in gold. He was made a Commander of the Order of Vasa (Sweden) and of the Order of the Dannebrog (Denmark). In 1961, he was awarded the Petter Dass Medal (Petter Dass -medaljen) for his active efforts in the reconstruction of the Northern Norwegian Student Foundation (Nordnorsk Student- og Elevhjem).[8] [9][10]

Foreign honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knut Are Tvedt. "Rolf Stranger". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Hanssen & Bergh A/S". Industrimuseum. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  3. ^ Ottosen, Kristian, ed. (2004). Nordmenn i fangenskap 1940–1945 (in Norwegian) (2nd ed.). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 647. ISBN 82-15-00288-9. 
  4. ^ Lars Hellberg. "Rolf Stranger". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  5. ^ Roger Pihl. "Norges Varemesse". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Historikk". Oslo Nye Teater. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Rolf Strangers kulturfond". Norsk lokalhistorisk institutt. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Kongens fortjenstmedalje". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  9. ^ Forhistorien til Nord-norsk student- og elevhjem (Nordnorsk Student- og Elevhjem)
  10. ^ Tidligere mottakere av St. Hallvard-medaljen (Oslo kommune)

Other sources[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Einar Gerhardsen
Mayor of Oslo
1940–1941
Succeeded by
Einar Gerhardsen
Preceded by
Einar Gerhardsen
Mayor of Oslo
1945
Succeeded by
Arnfinn Vik
Preceded by
Brynjulf Bull
Mayor of Oslo
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Brynjulf Bull
Preceded by
Brynjulf Bull
Mayor of Oslo
1962–1963
Succeeded by
Brynjulf Bull