Egil Aarvik

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Egil Aarvik
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Norwegian Minister of Social Affairs
In office
Monarch Olaf V
Prime Minister Per Borten
Preceded by Olav Gjærevoll
Succeeded by Odd Højdahl
Personal details
Born (1912-12-12)12 December 1912
Børsa, Norway
Died 19 July 1990(1990-07-19) (aged 77)
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Christian Democratic Party

Egil Aarvik (About this sound pronunciation ) (12 December 1912 – 19 July 1990) was a Norwegian newspaper editor and politician for the Christian Democratic Party.

Early life and career

He grew up in Børsa.[1] After finishing folk high school in 1933 he was hired as a secretary in the Indremisjonsselskapet mission society. He also attended bible school.[2] From 1940 to 1946 he was a mission secretary in Stavanger.[3]

He worked as a journalist in Dagsavisa, Trondheim from 1947 to 1950 before advancing to be editor-in-chief of that newspaper. He served was a member of Strinda municipal council during the term 1951–1955. In 1955 he left to work full-time as editor-in-chief of Folkets Framtid; he edited this newspaper from 1948 to 1965. He moved to Grorud, where he sat on the congregational council.[3]

Political career

He was elected as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway from Oslo in 1957, and became a full representative in 1961. He chaired the Standing Committee on Social Affairs during his first term. He was not re-elected in 1965, but gained his seat back again in both 1969 and 1973.[3] He lived in Bærum for some time,[2] being elected from the constituency Akershus in 1973.[3] As a pensioner he moved to Nøtterøy.[4]

In 1965, having recently lost his Parliament seat, Aarvik was appointed as the Minister of Social Affairs in the centre-right Borten's Cabinet. He held the position until Borten's Cabinet fell in 1971.[3] The most important accomplishment during his time was the 1967 passing of the general benefits act (Norwegian: folketrygden). He was also a capacity on foreign policy. Unlike the majority in his party he supported Norwegian EEC membership in 1972.[5]

Meanwhile Aarvik was appointed to the Borten cabinet, he did not meet in parliamentary session and then-deputy Kåre Kristiansen filled his seat. After returning to Parliament, Aarvik served as a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs from 1971 to 1977 and was President of the Lagting from 1972 to 1973.[3]

From 1977 to 1981 he spent the final years of his professional career working in Norwegian Church Aid. He was also chairman of the board of Blue Cross, Norwegian branch, from 1960 to 1962. He was vice chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1975 to 1982, and chairman from 1982 to 1990. He was a deputy board member of Folketrygdfondet from 1972 to 1983 and chaired the corporate council of Statoil from 1973 to 1984.[3]


  1. ^ Solvoll, Einar (10 January 1989). "Navn i nyhetene". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). p. 5. 
  2. ^ a b Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Aarvik, Egil". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 619. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Egil Aarvik" (in Norwegian). Storting. 
  4. ^ Seeland, Alf (26 October 1985). "Internasjonalisten i Kr.F". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 3. 
  5. ^ Hellberg, Lars. "Egil Aarvik". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Olav Gjærevoll
Norwegian Minister of Social Affairs
Succeeded by
Odd Højdahl
Cultural offices
Preceded by
John Sanness
Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Succeeded by
Gidske Anderson
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