Bondevik, Kjell Magne (Norway)

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A Lutheran minister and leader of the Kristelig Folkeparti (Christian Democratic Party; KrF) party from 1983–95, Kjell Magne Bondevik was appointed prime minister for the second time in 2001. He retired from politics at the end of his term in 2005, having headed a centre right coalition of Høyre (Conservative), Venstre (Liberal Party) and the KrF. His first term as prime minister (1997–2000) was cut short when a disagreement over the construction of a power plant forced his resignation.

Early Life

Bondevik was born on 3 Sept. 1947 in Molde, eastern Norway. He graduated from the Free Faculty of Theology Norway in 1975, and 4 years later he was ordained a minister in the Church of Norway. Politically active from an early age, his political career took precedent over his religious duties. His uncle, Kjell Bondevik, had served as social security and education minister in the 1960s. By 1968 Kjell Magne Bondevik was vice president of the party’s youth movement, being made its...

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