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Thor Listau (3 June 1938 – 22 March 2014) was a Norwegian military technician and politician for the Conservative Party. He was a three-term MP and served as Minister of Fisheries from 1981 to 1985. Later he served as director of Statkorn from 1991 to 1995.

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Early life and career

He was born in Svolvær as a son of fish food producer Magnus Listau (1898–1976) and housewife Johanna Jakobsen (1904–1945). After attending the military communications school from 1954 to 1958, he was employed in the military as a radio mechanic. From 1961 he served the Norwegian Army in Kirkenes. [1]

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Political career

Here he chaired the local chapter of the Young Conservatives from 1965 to 1967, and the county chapter from 1967 to 1969. During those two years he was also a central board member of the Norwegian Young Conservatives. He was an elected member of Sør-Varanger school board from 1966 to 1971, and the municipal council from 1967 to 1975, the last four years in the executive committee. He also chaired the local sports club in Hesseng, SK Vigør, for one year. [1]

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He was elected to the Parliament of Norway from Finnmark in 1973, and was re-elected in 1977 and 1981. In 1981, however, the Conservative Party fared to well as to form the Willoch's First Cabinet. Listau was selected for the cabinet as Minister of Fisheries, serving until 1985 (i.e. also in Willoch's Second Cabinet). While he was a cabinet member, his seat in Parliament was filled by Steinar Eriksen. [1]

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1973 Norwegian parliamentary election

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1977 Norwegian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 11 and 12 September 1977. The Labour Party remained the largest party in the Storting, winning 76 of the 155 seats.

In 1986 he retired from electoral politics and was hired as an office manager in Statens Kornforretning. He also studied part-time and graduated from the BI Norwegian Business School in business administration in 1988. However, he continued in positions in the Conservative Party. Having been a member of its party platform committee from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1985, he was a central board member from 1988 to 1990 and chaired the party's study league from 1988 to 1995. [1]

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Later career and life

From 1991 to 1995 he served as director of Statkorn. In 1995 Statkorn was altered into the fish food producer and acquaculture company Cermaq, where he served as organizational director until 2005. He also chaired the board for the first year, 1995 to 1996. Listau also chaired Statskraftverkene from 1985 to 1991 and was a board member of Sør-Varanger Avis and Finnmarksposten from 1974 to 1982, and the Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits from 1993 to 2004. [1]

Sør-Varanger Avis is a Norwegian newspaper, published in Kirkenes, Norway, and covering the municipality of Sør-Varanger. The newspaper was founded in 1949, and its first editor was Jan W. Krohn Holm. The newspaper is issued three days per week. It had a circulation of 4,036 in 2008. Editor is Randi Fløtten Andreassen.

Finnmarksposten is a local newspaper published in Honningsvåg, Norway. It was established in 1866.

The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency(Norwegian: Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt, GIEK) is a public-sector enterprise that reports to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (MTIF). GIEK promotes Norwegian exports by issuing guarantees on behalf of the state. The guarantees help buyers abroad with financing, lower the risk of loss by Norwegian exporters and international buyers, and level the competitive playing field for Norwegian companies abroad. Norwegian state guarantees represent a high degree of security for exporters and banks alike.

He resided at Østerås in Bærum in his later life. [2] He died in March 2014. [3]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Thor Listau" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  2. "Thor Listau 60 år 3. juni" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 13 May 1998.
  3. "Tidligere fiskeriminister Thor Listau (H) er død". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 24 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.