Torbjørn Røe Isaksen

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Torbjørn Røe Isaksen
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Minister of Education and Research
Assumed office
16 October 2013
Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Preceded by Kristin Halvorsen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
13 September 2009
Constituency Telemark
Personal details
Born (1978-07-28) 28 July 1978 (age 38)
Ålesund, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Oslo

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (born 28 July 1978) is a Norwegian politician, MP for the Conservative Party who has served as the Minister of Education and Research since 16 October 2013.

Isaksen edited the newspaper Xtra, published by the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party from 2002 to 2004, and he was the leader of the Young Conservatives from 2004 to 2008. Prior to entering politics full-time, Isaksen worked as a freelance journalist and was the political editor in the gazette Minerva. Isaksen holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Oslo. His master's thesis was on Friedrich Hayek.[1] In 2008 he published the book The Right Turn. For a New Conservatism, which was printed in three editions.

Hailing from Porsgrunn, he served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Telemark during the 2005–2009 term.[2] In the 2009 election he was the top candidate for the Telemark Conservatives and was elected to the parliament for the first time.

In 2007 he was named Norway's most talented young politician by VG.[3]


  • T.R. Isaksen and N. Astrup; Velferd etter velferdsstaten
  • T.R. Isaksen; Høyre om (2008)
  • T.R. Isaksen with Henrik Syse; Conservatism, an anthology With translated texts from amongst others Augustin, Edmund Burke, Joseph de Maistre, Konrad Adenauer and Roger Scruton (2011)


  1. ^ Nyhagen, Christine Skogen (20 May 2009). "Skrev masteroppgaven på 20 dager" (in Norwegian). Universitas. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Torbjørn Røe Isaksen" (in Norwegian). Storting. 
  3. ^ FAKTA: Torbjørn Røe Isaksen Varden, 11 December 2009, retrieved 10 January 2013

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ine Marie Eriksen
Leader of the Norwegian Young Conservatives
Succeeded by
Henrik Asheim
Political offices
Preceded by
Kristin Halvorsen
Minister of Education and Research