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Thorstein Diesen

Halvor Thorstein Romdal Diesen (7 December 1862 4 September 1925) was a Norwegian barrister, newspaper editor and politician for the Conservative Party.

Conservative Party (Norway) Norwegian political party

The Conservative Party is a conservative and liberal-conservative political party in Norway. It is the major party of the Norwegian centre-right, and the leading party in the governing Solberg cabinet. The current party leader is the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg.


Personal life

He was born in Christiania as a son of Søren Diesen (1816–97) and Maren S. Hellerud (1822–1903). In March 1896 in Bergen he married shipmaster's daughter Barbara "Baby" Matzau Gjerding (1874–1933). They had six children, among them the sons Halvor and Einar Diesen who both followed in his footsteps in the press. [1] Through his twin brother, the vicar Søren Einar Munch Diesen, he was an uncle of the television people Thorstein Diesen, Jr. and granduncle of Erik Diesen. [2]

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

Bergen City and municipality in Western Norway, Norway

Bergen, historically Bjørgvin, is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the municipality's population was 280,216, and the Bergen metropolitan region has about 420,000 inhabitants. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometres (180 sq mi) and is on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are on Byfjorden, 'the city fjord', and the city is surrounded by mountains; Bergen is known as the 'city of seven mountains'. Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are on islands. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland, and consists of eight boroughs: Arna, Bergenhus, Fana, Fyllingsdalen, Laksevåg, Ytrebygda, Årstad, and Åsane.

Einar Diesen Norwegian newspaper editor

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He grew up in Enerhaugen, finished his secondary education in 1881 and graduated from the Royal Frederick University with the cand.jur. degree in 1886. He served as deputy judge in Voss and Hardanger from 1888 to 1890, and then worked as the editor-in-chief of Bergens Aftenblad from 1890 to 1898. He had worked part-time as a copyeditor and journalist in Fædrelandet during his studies, and was more inclined to work on a newspaper desk than as a jurist. [1]


Enerhaugen is today a neighborhood in Oslo, Norway which among others includes six apartment buildings on Toyen in the borough of Gamle Oslo, located north of the neighborhood of Grønland. The site is located on a hill just south of Tøyen manor, and was largely undeveloped in the first half of the 1800s, where it then became a sort of suburb of Oslo. The streets of today's Enerhaugen is Sørligata, Enerhaugggata and Smedgata. The closest subway station is Tøyen.

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University of Oslo Norwegian public research university

The University of Oslo, until 1939 named the Royal Frederick University, is the oldest university in Norway, located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Until 1 January 2016 it was the largest Norwegian institution of higher education in terms of size, now surpassed only by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The Academic Ranking of World Universities has ranked it the 58th best university in the world and the third best in the Nordic countries. In 2015, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it the 135th best university in the world and the seventh best in the Nordics. While in its 2016, Top 200 Rankings of European universities, the Times Higher Education listed the University of Oslo at 63rd, making it the highest ranked Norwegian university.

In 1898 Diesen was hired by Emil Stang as the secretary-general of the Conservative Party. When Stang withdrew as leader in 1899, Diesen followed suit and was hired as political editor in Aftenposten which he remained for a year. With both Yngvar Nielsen and Frederik Bætzmann in the political section of the newspaper, it was not enough room for the three. From 1900 Diesen instead returned to the law profession, working as an attorney in a law firm with Otto Bahr Halvorsen. From 1904 he was a barrister with access to working with Supreme Court cases. The family settled in Aker, where Diesen was selected to the school board and elected to the municipal council. He also founded the local newspaper Akersposten in 1901, editing it until 1908. [1]

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Diesen returned to Aftenposten and the political editor chair in 1908. When the editor-in-chief died in 1913, Diesen became co-editor-in-chief [1] together with Ola Christofersen. Christofersen almost never wrote in the paper, but handled practical affairs. He was more of a pecuniary strategist than the politically inclined Diesen. [3] Diesen's editorials were signed by a hammer, and were noted as being written in a popular, not always academic, style. He also released political pamphlets and books. [4]

Diesen remained editor-in-chief until his death while vacationing at Larkollen in September 1925. He also chaired the Norwegian Students' Society in 1900, and chaired the Conservative Press Association from 1910 to his death. [1]


Larkollen is a village in Rygge municipality, Norway. Its population is 1,382. Larkollen was the landfall on the main route between Oslo and Copenhagen for several centuries. The lee side of the islands Sletter, Eldøya, and Kollen south and west of Larkollen was an easily accessible harbor in all kinds of wind, which also was easy to defend. Sometime in the early 19th century the landfall was moved north to Jeløya outside of Moss.

Norwegian Students Society

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Bonde, Arne. "Thorstein Diesen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. "Diesen – slekt fra Nes". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  3. Høyer, Svennik. "Ola Christofersen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. "Thorstein R. Diesen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 March 2014.
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Hakon Berger
Secretary-general of the Conservative Party
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Johannes Martens
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Chairman of the Conservative Press Association
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Preceded by
Amandus Schibsted
Chief editor of Aftenposten
(joint with Ola Christofersen until 1919,
then with Frøis Frøisland until 1925)
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