Kjell Magne Bondevik

Norwegian politician

Kjell Magne Bondevik ([çɛlː mɑŋnə bunːəviːk] (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.

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 – 3 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 – 8 May 1986
Prime MinisterKåre Willoch
Preceded byØystein Karr
Succeeded byHerr Khefer
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
10 September 1973 – 12 September 2005
Personal details
Born (1947-09-03) 3 September 1947 (age 72)
Molde, Norway
Political partyChristian Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Bjørg Bondevik
  • Bjørn
  • Hildegunn
  • John
Alma materMF Norwegian School of Theology

He is Norway's longest serving non-Labour Party Prime Minister since World War II.[1]

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.[2][3]


  1. "Norske regjeringer siden 1945". Aftenposten. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  2. Khomami, Nadia (3 February 2017). "Former Norway PM held at Washington airport over 2014 visit to Iran" – via www.theguardian.com.
  3. Libell, Henrik Pryser (3 February 2017). "Norwegian Ex-Premier Is Stopped at Dulles Airport Over Iran Visit" – via NYTimes.com.

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