Thorhild Widvey

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Thorhild Widvey

MP
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Minister of Culture and Church Affairs
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
In office
1 October 1989 30 September 1997
Constituency Rogaland
Personal details
Born (1956-01-09) 9 January 1956 (age 63)
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.

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

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Political career

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

Karmøy Municipality in Rogaland, Norway

Karmøy is a municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is southwest of the city of Haugesund in the traditional district of Haugaland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Kopervik.

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 19851989.

Storting supreme legislature of Norway

The Storting is the supreme legislature of Norway, established in 1814 by the Constitution of Norway. It is located in Oslo. The unicameral parliament has 169 members, and is elected every four years based on party-list proportional representation in nineteen plurinominal constituencies. A member of the Storting is known in Norwegian as a stortingsrepresentant, literally "Storting representative".

Rogaland County (fylke) of Norway

Rogaland[²ruːɡɑlɑn](listen) is a county in Western Norway, bordering Hordaland, Telemark, Aust-Agder, and Vest-Agder counties. Rogaland is the center of the Norwegian petroleum industry. In 2016, Rogaland had an unemployment rate of 4.9%, one of the highest in Norway. In 2015, Rogaland had a fertility rate of 1.78 children per woman, which is the highest in the country.

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.

2005 Norwegian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 11 and 12 September 2005. The result was a victory for the opposition centre-left Red-Green Coalition, which got 48.0% of the votes and won 87 out of 169 seats, dominated by the Labour Party's 61 seats. The three-party centre-right government coalition won 44 seats and the right wing Progress Party won 38, becoming the largest opposition party. Voter turnout was 77.1%, an increase of 2 percentage points compared to the 2001 elections.

Personal life

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.

Avaldsnes Village in Western Norway, Norway

Avaldsnes is a village in Karmøy municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The village is located on the northeastern part of the island of Karmøy, along the Karmsundet strait, just south of the town of Haugesund. The village was an ancient centre of power on the west coast of Norway and is the site of one of Norway’s more important areas of cultural history. The trading port of Notow and the Avaldsnes Church are two notable historic sites in Avaldsnes.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Einar Steensnæs
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
20042005
Succeeded by
Odd Roger Enoksen
Preceded by
Hadia Tajik
Minister of Culture
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Linda Hofstad Helleland