Lars Korvald

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Lars Korvald
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20th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
17 October 1972 – 12 October 1973
Monarch Olav V
Preceded by Trygve Bratteli
Succeeded by Trygve Bratteli
Chairman of the Christian Democratic Party
In office
Preceded by Einar Hareide
Succeeded by Kåre Kristiansen
In office
Preceded by Kåre Kristiansen
Succeeded by Kåre Kristiansen
County Governor of Østfold
In office
Preceded by Jakob Modalsli
Succeeded by Erling Norvik
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
Constituency Østfold
Personal details
Born (1916-04-29)29 April 1916
Mjøndalen, Nedre Eiker
Died 4 July 2006(2006-07-04) (aged 90)
Mjøndalen, Nedre Eiker
Political party Christian Democratic Party

About this sound Lars Korvald  (29 April 1916 – 4 July 2006) was a Norwegian politician from the Christian Democratic Party. He was Prime Minister of Norway from 1972 to 1973, leading the cabinet that took over when Trygve Bratteli resigned in the wake of the first referendum over Norway's membership in the European Economic Community.

Early life and career

Lars Korvald was born into a traditional Christian family in Mjøndalen. He attended the Norwegian College of Agriculture, graduating in 1943. He started out at the faculty of Tomb Agricultural School in Råde, where he rose to become rector in 1952.

He was an honorary member of the Norwegian Young Christian Democrats.[1]

Parliamentary career

He was first elected to the Parliament of Norway in 1961 representing the county of Østfold. In 1965, he was appointed parliamentary leader; and in 1967 the party leader. Altogether, Korvald served as a member of Parliament for five terms. He was President of the Lagting 1969–1972. In 1981, he retired from partisan politics and became County Governor of Østfold.[2]

Prime minister

Korvald's cabinet served from 18 October 1972 to 16 October 1973. Though short-lived, it served as an important milestone in Norwegian politics, both because it marked the conclusion of the bitter and divisive debate over Norway's membership in the European Economic Community and because it was a centrist non-socialist coalition. He was also the first prime minister from his party.

Korvald also proved to be an effective prime minister in a very difficult and transitional political situation. His cabinet commissioned the negotiations for a trade treaty with the Community and instituted Norway's first petroleum policy. In addition, the Teachers' Training Law of June 1973 was a move to raise teacher training to university status.[3]

It was also Korvald who introduced Kjell Magne Bondevik into the national scene by appointing him political secretary[clarification needed] to the prime minister's office.

Personal life

While serving as Prime Minister, Korvald resided in Bærum.[4][5] He later resided in Moss,[6] but in his later life he moved back to Mjøndalen.[7]


  1. ^ "Valgerd utnevnt til æresmedlem i KrFU" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 31 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "Lars Korvald" (in Norwegian). Storting. 
  3. ^ Growth to limits: the Western European welfare states since World War 2: Volume 4 by Peter Flora
  4. ^ Nondal, Tor; et al. (17 September 1997). "Først-familien". VG (in Norwegian). p. 33. 
  5. ^ Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Korvald, Lars". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 317. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dagens navn". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 29 April 1986. p. 18. 
  7. ^ "90 år 29. april: Tidligere statsminister Lars Korvald" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 12 April 2006. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Trygve Bratteli
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Trygve Bratteli
Civic offices
Preceded by
Jakob Modalsli
County Governor of Østfold
Succeeded by
Erling Norvik

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