Thorhild Widvey

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Thorhild Widvey
Thorhild Widvey 2014.jpg
13th Minister of Culture
In office
16 October 2013 – 16 December 2015
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Hadia Tajik
Succeeded by Linda Cathrine Hofstad Helleland
Minister of Petroleum and Energy
In office
18 June 2004 – 17 October 2005
Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded by Einar Steensnæs
Succeeded by Odd Roger Enoksen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
10 September 1989
Constituency Rogaland
Personal details
Born (1956-01-09) 9 January 1956 (age 62)
Karmøy, Rogaland, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Osvald Bjelland
Alma mater BI Norwegian Business School

Thorhild Widvey (born 9 January 1956[1]) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party who served as Minister of Culture from 2013 to 2015, and Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 2004 to 2005.

Political career[edit]

On the local level Widvey was a member of Karmøy municipal council from 1979 to 1989, the last six years in the executive committee.

She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Rogaland in 1989, and was re-elected on one occasion. She had previously served as a deputy representative to the during the term 1985–1989.

From 2002 to 2003, during the second cabinet Bondevik, Widvey was appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries. From 2003 to 2004 she held the same position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2004 she was appointed Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, an office she left, along with the rest of the second cabinet Bondevik, after their 2005 election defeat.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Avaldsnes in Karmøy, Rogaland. A physical therapist by education, she was deputy leader of the Norwegian Sporting Association of People with Disabilities 1985-1987. Widvey lives in Oslo, is married and has two children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Einar Steensnæs
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Succeeded by
Odd Roger Enoksen
Preceded by
Hadia Tajik
Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Linda Hofstad Helleland