Kjell Magne Bondevik

Kjell Magne Bondevik
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26th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
19 October 2001 – 17 October 2005
MonarchHarald V
Preceded byJens Stoltenberg
Succeeded byJens Stoltenberg
In office
17 October 1997 – 17 March 2000
MonarchHarald V
Preceded byThorbjørn Jagland
Succeeded byJens Stoltenberg
1st Deputy to the Prime Minister of Norway
In office
4 October 1985 – 9 May 1986
Prime MinisterKåre Willoch
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byVacant
(succeeded in 1997 by Anne Enger Lahnstein)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 October 1989 – 3 November 1990
Prime MinisterJan P. Syse
Preceded byThorvald Stoltenberg
Succeeded byThorvald Stoltenberg
Minister of Church Affairs and Education
In office
8 June 1983 – 9 May 1986
Prime MinisterKåre Willoch
Preceded byTore Austad
Succeeded byKirsti Kolle Grøndahl
Leader of the Christian Democratic Party
In office
16 April 1983 – 24 March 1995
Preceded byKåre Kristiansen
Succeeded byValgerd Svarstad Haugland
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1973 – 30 September 2005
Personal details
Born (1947-09-03) 3 September 1947 (age 71)
Molde, Norway
Political partyChristian Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Bjørg Bondevik
  • Bjørn
  • Hildegunn
  • John
Alma materMF Norwegian School of Theology

Kjell Magne Bondevik (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈçɛlː ˈmɑŋnə ˈbʊnːəviːk] (About this soundlisten); born 3 September 1947) is a Norwegian Lutheran minister and politician (Christian Democratic Party). He served as Prime Minister of Norway from 1997 to 2000, and from 2001 to 2005,[1] making him Norway's longest serving non-Labour Party Prime Minister since World War II.[2] Currently, he is President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights.[3]

On 31 October 2006, he published his memoir, called Et liv i spenning (A life of excitement and tension).

On 31 January 2017, he was the first high-ranking politician from another country detained and questioned in the United States as a result of President Donald Trump's executive orders banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations, because of a diplomatic visit to Iran he had made in 2014.[4][5]

Family and early life

Bondevik was born in Molde, the son of Johannes Bondevik, a principal at the Christian folk high school Rauma folkehøyskole who also was a local politician for the Christian Democratic Party,[6] and Margit, née Hæreid. He became a theological candidate from MF Norwegian School of Theology in 1975.[7] In 1979 he was ordained as pastor in the (Lutheran) Church of Norway.[8] He is married to Bjørg Bondevik (née Rasmussen) and has three children: Bjørn (born 1972), Hildegunn (born 1973) and John Harald (born 1976). Kjell Magne Bondevik is the nephew of politician Kjell Bondevik, the cousin of former bishop Odd Bondevik and brother in law of author and priest Eyvind Skeie.[9]

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