Tora Aasland

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Tora Aasland
Tora Aasland (1).jpg
Aasland in 2006
Minister of Research and Higher Education
In office
18 October 2007 – 23 March 2012
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished (returned to Ministry of Research and Education)
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1985 – 30 September 1993
Governor of Rogaland
In office
1 October 2012 – 1 October 2013
Preceded byHarald Torfinn Thune (acting)
Succeeded byMagnhild Meltveit Kleppa
In office
1 October 1993 – 1 October 2007
Preceded byHarald Torfinn Thune (acting)
Succeeded byHarald Thorfinn Thune (acting)
Personal details
Born (1942-11-06) 6 November 1942 (age 76)
Skien, Norway
Political partySocialist Lef Party

Tora Aasland (born 6 November 1942, in Skien) is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party. She served as the Minister of Research and Higher Education from 18 October 2007 to 23 March 2012. She was a member of the Norwegian Parliament, representing Akershus, from 1985 to 1993. From 1993 to 2007, she served as governor of Rogaland.

Aasland was a deputy member of the executive committee of Nesodden municipality council during the terms 1975–1979 and 1979–1983.

Aasland has a cand.sociol. degree in sociology and was a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research from 1976 to 1982, and its acting director from 1980 to 1981. She has cited Vilhelm Aubert as her largest influence.[1]


  1. ^ Jakobsen, Siw Ellen (19 December 2007). "Drømmejobben!". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 1 December 2008.

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