Jens Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg (born 16 March 1959) is a Norwegian politician serving as the 13th secretary general of NATO since 2014.[1][2] A member of the Labour Party, he previously served as the 34th prime minister of Norway from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 until 2013.

Jens Stoltenberg
Stoltenberg during an April 2019 visit to Washington, D.C.
13th Secretary General of NATO
Assumed office
1 October 2014
DeputyAlexander Vershbow
(2014–2016)
Rose Gottemoeller
(2016–2019)
Mircea Geoană
(2019–present)
Preceded byAnders Fogh Rasmussen
34th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
17 October 2005  16 October 2013
MonarchHarald V
Preceded byKjell Magne Bondevik
Succeeded byErna Solberg
In office
17 March 2000  19 October 2001
MonarchHarald V
Preceded byKjell Magne Bondevik
Succeeded byKjell Magne Bondevik
Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 October 2013  14 June 2014
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byErna Solberg
Succeeded byJonas Gahr Støre
In office
19 October 2001  17 October 2005
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Succeeded byErna Solberg
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
10 November 2002  14 June 2014
DeputyHill-Marta Solberg
Helga Pedersen
Preceded byThorbjørn Jagland
Succeeded byJonas Gahr Støre
Minister of Finance
In office
25 October 1996  17 October 1997
Prime MinisterThorbjørn Jagland
Preceded bySigbjørn Johnsen
Succeeded byGudmund Restad
Minister of Industry and Energy
In office
7 October 1993  25 October 1996
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byFinn Kristensen (Industry)
Succeeded byGrete Faremo (Petroleum & Energy)
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1993  30 September 2017
DeputyAnders Hornslien
Inger Lise Husøy
Ragnar Bøe Elgsaas
Truls Wickholm
Håkon Haugli
ConstituencyOslo
Personal details
Born (1959-03-16) 16 March 1959 (age 63)
Oslo, Norway
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
(m. 1987)
Children2
Parent(s)Karin Heiberg
Thorvald Stoltenberg
Alma materUniversity of Oslo (Cand.oecon.)
Signature
WebsiteOfficial Facebook
Official Twitter
Military service
Allegiance Norway
Branch/service Norwegian Army

Born in Oslo as the son of the prominent diplomat and politician Thorvald Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg attended Oslo Waldorf School and Oslo Cathedral School before graduating as an economist at the University of Oslo in 1987. During his studies he worked as a journalist, and he led the Labour party's youth wing from 1985 to 1989.

He started his career in government as a State Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment in 1990 and was elected to the Storting in 1993. He served as Minister of Industry and Energy from 1993 to 1996 and Minister of Finance from 1996 to 1997. He was Prime Minister from 2000 to 2001, was leader of the Labour Party from 2002 to 2014 and served as Prime Minister for a second time from 2005 to 2013. The following year he was named as the 13th Secretary General of NATO, and his term was subsequently extended three times by the NATO heads of state and government.

Stoltenberg has been described as a cautious politician, belonging to the right wing of social democracy.[3] His policies as prime minister were inspired by Tony Blair's New Labour agenda and his first government oversaw the most widespread privatisation by any Norwegian government to that date.[4] As Secretary-General of NATO Stoltenberg has worked to strengthen the Alliance's military capabilities in response to the Russo-Ukrainian War, and his tenure coincided with the largest increase in NATO defense spending since the Cold War.


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