Minister of Defence (Norway)

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Frank Bakke JensenIne Marie Eriksen SøreideAnne-Grete Strøm-ErichsenEspen Barth EideGrete FaremoAnne-Grete Strøm-ErichsenKristin Krohn DevoldBjørn Tore GodalEldbjørg LøwerDag Jostein FjærvollJørgen KosmoJohan Jørgen HolstPer Ditlev-SimonsenJohan Jørgen HolstRolf PresthusAnders SjaastadThorvald StoltenbergRolf Arthur HansenAlv Jakob FostervollJohan KleppeAlv Jakob FostervollGunnar HellesenOtto Grieg TidemandGudmund HarlemHåkon KyllingmarkGudmund HarlemNils Kristoffer HandalKai Birger KnudsenNils LanghelleJens Christian HaugeOscar TorpMinister of Defence (Norway)

The Norwegian Minister of Defence is the head of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. The position has existed since 1814. The incumbent minister since 20 October 2017 is Frank Bakke Jensen of the Conservative Party.

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Between 1819 and 1885 the Ministry was split into two different ministries, the Ministry of the Navy and the Army Ministry.

List of Norwegian Ministers of Defence (18141885)

NameFromTo
The position was named Chief of 6th Ministry from 1814 to 1818
Diderik Hegermann 18141816
Peter Motzfeldt 18161818
Mathias Sommerhielm 18181819
The position was named Minister of the Army from 1818 to 1885
Jonas Collett 18191819
Nicolai Krog 18221825
Jørgen Herman Vogt 18251826
Nicolai Krog 18261828
Thomas Fasting 18281829
Nicolai Krog 18391832
Thomas Fasting 18321833
Nicolai Krog 18331835
Valentin Sibbern 18351836
Nicolai Krog 18361837
Palle Rømer Fleischer 18371839
Oluf Borch de Schouboe 18391839
Valentin Sibbern 18391840
Palle Rømer Fleischer 18401842
Oluf Borch de Schouboe 18421843
Palle Rømer Fleischer 18431846
Valentin Sibbern 18461847
Palle Rømer Fleischer 18471848
Thomas Edvard von Westen Sylow 18481851
Hans Christian Petersen 18511852
Ole Wilhelm Erichsen 18521852
Hans Christian Petersen 18521853
Thomas Edvard von Westen Sylow 18521853
Hans Glad Bloch 18531856
Hans Christian Petersen 18561857
Harald Wergeland (acting)18571857
Hans Christian Petersen 18571857
Hans Glad Bloch 18571860
Harald Wergeland 18601862
August Christian Manthey 18621863
Harald Wergeland 18631866
August Christian Manthey 18661867
Harald Wergeland 18671868
Niels Christian Irgens 18681872
August Christian Manthey 18721872
Lorentz Henrik Müller Segelcke 18721874
Christian Selmer 18741875
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting)18751875
Christian Selmer 18751875
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting)18751875
Lorentz Henrik Müller Segelcke 18751877
Adolph Frederik Munthe 18771879
Christian Selmer 18791880
Adolph Frederik Munthe 18801881
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting)18811881
Adolph Frederik Munthe 18811884
Anders Sandøe Ørsted Bull (acting)18841884
Lars Christian Dahll 18841884
Ludvig Daae 18841885
The position was named Minister of Defence from 1885 to present

Ministers of Defence (1885present)

No.PortraitDefence MinisterTook officeLeft officeTime in officePartyCabinet
1
Johan Sverdrup portratt.jpg
Sverdrup, Johan Johan Sverdrup
(1816–1892)
1 September 188513 July 18893 years, 315 days Liberal Sverdrup
2
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Hoff, Edvard Hans Edvard Hans Hoff
(1838–1933)
13 July 18896 March 18911 year, 236 days Conservative E. Stang I
3
Peter Holst.jpg
Holst, Peter Theodor Peter Holst
(1843–1908)
6 March 18912 May 18932 years, 57 days Liberal Steen I
4
Wilhelm Olsson.jpg
Olssøn, Wilhelm Wilhelm Olssøn
(1844–1915)
2 May 189315 July 18941 year, 74 days Conservative E. Stang II
5
Johannes Winding Harbitz.jpg
Harbitz, Johannes Winding Johannes Winding Harbitz
(1831–1917)
15 July 189427 April 1895286 days Conservative E. Stang II
(4)
Wilhelm Olsson.jpg
Olssøn, Wilhelm Wilhelm Olssøn
(1844–1915)
27 April 189517 February 18982 years, 296 days Conservative E. Stang II
Hagerup I
(3)
Peter Holst.jpg
Holst, Peter Theodor Peter Holst
(1843–1908)
17 February 18986 November 19002 years, 262 days Liberal Steen II
6
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Stang, Georg Georg Stang
(1858–1907)
6 November 19009 June 19032 years, 215 days Liberal Steen II
Blehr I
7
Thomas Heftye (1860-1921).jpg
Heftye, Thomas Thomas Heftye
(1860–1921)
9 June 190322 October 1903135 days Liberal Blehr I
8
Oscar Strugstad (NFB.51795).jpg
Heftye, Thomas Oscar Strugstad
(1851–1919)
22 October 190311 March 19051 year, 140 days Coalition Hagerup II
(4)
Wilhelm Olsson.jpg
Olssøn, Wilhelm Wilhelm Olssøn
(1844–1915)
11 March 190525 May 19072 years, 75 days Conservative Michelsen
Christian Michelsen OB.F19385.jpg
Michelsen, Christian Christian Michelsen
(1857–1925)
Acting
25 May 190723 October 1907151 days Coalition Michelsen
9
Karl Friedrich Griffin Dawes.jpg
Dawes, Karl Friedrich Griffin Karl Friedrich Griffin Dawes
(1861–1941)
23 October 190719 March 1908148 days Liberal Løvland
(7)
Thomas Heftye (1860-1921).jpg
Heftye, Thomas Thomas Heftye
(1860–1921)
19 March 190811 April 190823 days Liberal Knudsen I
10
Haakon Ditlef Lowzow (OB.F06186a).jpg
Lowzow, Haakon Ditlef Haakon D. Lowzow
(1845–1915)
11 April 190820 August 19091 year, 131 days Liberal Knudsen I
11
August Geelmuyden Sporck.jpg
Spørck, August August Spørck
(1851–1928)
20 August 19091 February 1910165 days Liberal Knudsen I
12
Karl Sigwald Johannes Bull.jpg
Bull, Karl Karl Bull
(1860–1936)
2 February 191020 February 19122 years, 10 days Conservative Konow
13
Jens Bratlie.jpg
Bratlie, Jens Jens Bratlie
(1856–1939)
20 February 191231 January 1913346 days Conservative Bratlie
14
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Keilhau, Hans Vilhelm Hans Vilhelm Keilhau
(1845–1917)
31 January 19138 August 19141 year, 189 days Liberal Knudsen II
15
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Holtfodt, Christian Theodor Christian Theodor Holtfodt
(1863–1930)
8 August 191420 February 19194 years, 196 days Liberal Knudsen II
16
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Rudolf Peersen
(1868–1949)
20 February 191917 June 1919117 days Liberal Knudsen II
17
Ivar Aavatsmark (NFB.41773).jpg
Aavatsmark, Ivar Ivar Aavatsmark
(1864–1947)
17 June 191921 June 19201 year, 4 days Liberal Knudsen II
18
Karl Wilhelm Wefring.jpg
Wefring, Karl Wilhelm Karl Wilhelm Wefring
(1867–1938)
21 June 192022 June 19211 year, 1 day Free-minded Halvorsen I
(17)
Ivar Aavatsmark (NFB.41773).jpg
Aavatsmark, Ivar Ivar Aavatsmark
(1864–1947)
22 June 19216 March 19231 year, 257 days Liberal Blehr II
(18)
Karl Wilhelm Wefring.jpg
Wefring, Karl Wilhelm Karl Wilhelm Wefring
(1867–1938)
6 March 192325 July 19241 year, 141 days Free-minded Halvorsen II
Berge
19
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Jacobsen, Rolf Rolf Jacobsen
(1865–1942)
25 July 19245 March 19261 year, 224 days Liberal Mowinckel I
(18)
Karl Wilhelm Wefring.jpg
Wefring, Karl Wilhelm Karl Wilhelm Wefring
(1867–1938)
5 March 192626 July 1926143 days Free-minded Lykke
20
Ingolf Elster Christensen.jpg
Christensen, Ingolf Elster Ingolf E. Christensen
(1872–1943)
26 July 192628 January 19281 year, 186 days Conservative Lykke
21
Christian Fredrik Monsen.jpg
Fredrik Monsen
(1878–1954)
28 January 192815 February 192818 days Labour Hornsrud
22
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Anderssen-Rysst, Torgeir Torgeir Anderssen-Rysst
(1888–1958)
15 February 192812 May 19313 years, 86 days Liberal Mowinckel II
23
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Vidkun Quisling
(1887–1945)
12 May 19313 March 19331 year, 295 days Independent Kolstad
Hundseid
24
Cabinet Mowinckel III.jpg
Kobro, Jens Isak Jens Isak Kobro
(1882–1967)
3 March 193320 March 19352 years, 17 days Liberal Mowinckel III
(21)
Christian Fredrik Monsen.jpg
Fredrik Monsen
(1878–1954)
20 March 193515 November 1935240 days Labour Nygaardsvold
Adolf Indrebo OBF06062a (cropped).jpg
Indrebø, Adolf Adolf Indrebø
(1884–1942)
Acting
15 November 193520 December 193535 days Labour Nygaardsvold
26771 Oscar Torp (cropped).jpg
Torp, Oscar Oscar Torp
(1893–1958)
Acting
20 December 193515 August 1936239 days Labour Nygaardsvold
(21)
Christian Fredrik Monsen.jpg
Fredrik Monsen
(1878–1954)
15 August 193622 December 19393 years, 129 days Labour Nygaardsvold
25
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Ljungberg, Birger Birger Ljungberg
(1884–1967)
22 December 193928 November 19411 year, 341 days Conservative Nygaardsvold
26771 Oscar Torp (cropped).jpg
Torp, Oscar Oscar Torp
(1893–1958)
Acting
28 November 19411 February 194265 days Labour Nygaardsvold
(25)
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Ljungberg, Birger Birger Ljungberg
(1884–1967)
1 February 194220 March 194247 days Conservative Nygaardsvold
26
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Torp, Oscar Oscar Torp
(1893–1958)
20 March 19425 November 19453 years, 230 days Labour Nygaardsvold
Gerhardsen I
27
Jens Christian Hauge 1947.jpg
Hauge, Jens Christian Jens Christian Hauge
(1915–2006)
5 November 19455 January 19526 years, 61 days Labour Gerhardsen II
Torp
28
27540 Nils Langhelle.jpg
Langhelle, Nils Nils Langhelle
(1907–1967)
5 January 195215 June 19542 years, 161 days Labour Torp
29
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Knudsen, Kai Birger Kai Birger Knudsen
(1903–1977)
15 June 195422 January 1955221 days Labour Torp
30
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Handal, Nils Nils Handal
(1906–1992)
22 January 195518 February 19616 years, 27 days Labour Gerhardsen III
31
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Harlem, Gudmund Gudmund Harlem
(1917–1988)
18 February 196128 August 19632 years, 191 days Labour Gerhardsen III
32
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Kyllingmark, Håkon Håkon Kyllingmark
(1915–2003)
28 August 196325 September 196328 days Conservative Lyng
(31)
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Harlem, Gudmund Gudmund Harlem
(1917–1988)
25 September 196312 October 19652 years, 17 days Labour Gerhardsen IV
33
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Tidemand, Otto Grieg Otto Grieg Tidemand
(1921–2006)
12 October 19655 June 19704 years, 236 days Conservative Borten
34
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Hellesen, Gunnar Gunnar Hellesen
(1913–2005)
5 June 197017 March 1971285 days Conservative Borten
35
Alv Jakob Fostervoll.jpg
Fostervoll, Alv Jakob Alv Jakob Fostervoll
(1932–2015)
17 March 197118 October 19721 year, 215 days Labour Bratteli I
36
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Kleppe, Johan Johan Kleppe
(born 1928)
18 October 197216 October 1973363 days Liberal Korvald
(35)
Alv Jakob Fostervoll.jpg
Fostervoll, Alv Jakob Alv Jakob Fostervoll
(1932–2015)
16 October 197315 January 19762 years, 91 days Labour Bratteli II
37
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Hansen, Rolf Atrhur Rolf A. Hansen
(1920–2006)
15 January 19768 October 19793 years, 266 days Labour Nordli
38
Thorvald Stoltenberg 2009.jpg
Stoltenberg, Thorvald Thorvald Stoltenberg
(1931–2018)
8 October 197914 October 19812 years, 6 days Labour Nordli
Brundtland I
39
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Sjaastad, Anders Christian Anders C. Sjaastad
(born 1942)
14 October 198125 April 19864 years, 193 days Conservative Willoch I
Willoch II
40
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Rolf Presthus
(1936–1988)
25 April 19869 May 198614 days Conservative Willoch II
41
Johan Jorgen Holst, Pentagon 1993-03-16 (cropped).JPEG
Holst, Johan Jørgen Johan Jørgen Holst
(1937–1994)
9 May 198616 October 19893 years, 160 days Labour Brundtland II
42
DietlevSimonsen.jpg
Per Ditlev-Simonsen
(born 1932)
16 October 19893 November 19901 year, 18 days Conservative Syse
(41)
Johan Jorgen Holst, Pentagon 1993-03-16 (cropped).JPEG
Holst, Johan Jørgen Johan Jørgen Holst
(1937–1994)
3 November 19902 April 19932 years, 150 days Labour Brundtland III
43
Jorgen-Kosmo (cropped).jpg
Kosmo, Jørgen Jørgen Kosmo
(1947–2017)
2 April 199317 October 19974 years, 198 days Labour Brundtland III
Jagland
44
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Fjærvoll, Dag Jostein Dag Jostein Fjærvoll
(1947–2021)
17 October 199715 March 19991 year, 149 days Christian Democratic Bondevik I
45
Eldbjorg Lower.jpg
Løwer, Eldbjørg Eldbjørg Løwer
(born 1943)
15 March 199917 March 20001 year, 2 days Liberal Bondevik I
46
Bjorn Tore Godal 2009.jpg
Godal, Bjørn Tore Bjørn Tore Godal
(born 1945)
17 March 200019 October 20011 year, 216 days Labour Stoltenberg I
47
Kristin Krohn Devold.jpg
Devold, Kristin Krohn Kristin Krohn Devold
(born 1961)
19 October 200117 October 20053 years, 363 days Conservative Bondevik II
48
Strom-Erichsen.JPG
Strøm-Erichsen, Anne-Grete Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
(born 1949)
17 October 200520 October 20094 years, 3 days Labour Stoltenberg II
49
Norges forsvarsminister Grete Faremo vid Nordiska Radets session i Reykjavik. 2010-11-03.jpg
Faremo, Grete Grete Faremo
(born 1955)
20 October 200911 November 20112 years, 22 days Labour Stoltenberg II
50
Nordiskt-baltiskt statsministermote under Nordiska radets session i Helsingfors (1).jpg
Eide, Espen Barth Espen Barth Eide
(born 1964)
11 November 201121 September 2012315 days Labour Stoltenberg II
(48)
Strom-Erichsen.JPG
Strøm-Erichsen, Anne-Grete Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
(born 1949)
21 September 201216 October 20131 year, 25 days Labour Stoltenberg II
51
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Søreide, Ine Marie Eriksen Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide
(born 1976)
16 October 201320 October 20174 years, 4 days Conservative Solberg
52
Frank Bakke-Jensen.jpg
Bakke-Jensen, Frank Frank Bakke-Jensen
(born 1965)
20 October 2017Incumbent3 years, 113 days Conservative Solberg

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