Ola Borten Moe

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Ola Borten Moe
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Minister of Petroleum and Energy
In office
4 March 2011 – 16 October 2013
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Terje Riis-Johansen
Succeeded by Tord Lien
First Deputy Leader of the Centre Party
Assumed office
19 March 2011
Leader Liv Signe Navarsete
Trygve Slagsvold Vedum
Preceded by Lars Peder Brekk
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 2005 – 30 September 2013
Constituency Sør-Trøndelag
Personal details
Ola Borten Moe

(1976-06-06) 6 June 1976 (age 42)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag
Political party Centre Party
Spouse(s) Anna Ceselie Brustad Moe
Children 2
Alma mater Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Occupation Politician
Profession Agronomist, self-employed, farmer, political advisor

Ola Borten Moe (born 6 June 1976) is a Norwegian politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Centre Party. He served as Minister of Petroleum and Energy from 2011 to 2013.

Early and personal life

Borten Moe was born in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, on 6 June 1976 to farmer Peder O. Moe (born 1948) and nurse Kari Borten (born 1950).[1] He is the grandson of former Prime Minister Per Borten,[2] and married to fellow MP Anna Ceselie Brustad Moe. As of June 2009 they have two children.[3]

Political career

Borten Moe was a member of the Trondheim city council for three four-year terms from 1995 to 2007. He was elected MP of the Norwegian Parliament from Sør-Trøndelag in 2005, after serving as deputy MP from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 to 2007 Borten Moe was a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, and from 2007 to 2009 the chairman of the Standing Committee on Business and Industry.[1]

Borten Moe became the minister of petroleum and energy on 4 March 2011.[4]

Political views

Since the turning towards the left of the Centre Party in the 2000s, Borten Moe is regarded as being among the "centrist" wing of the party,[5] and has been claimed to have the ambition of moving the party back towards the right.[6] He holds many traditional Centre Party issues strongly, such as opposition to the European Union, holding that "I think that we, within the frame of the Norwegian nation state has the opportunity of building a best possible society". He also believes that too much power, funds and competence have been centralised in the area surrounding the capital, Oslo.[3]

In October 2009, he traveled to Denmark to study the asylum policies of the country. He then said that the number of asylum seekers coming to Norway was far too high, and that Norway should learn from the policies of Denmark, and generally tighten the Norwegian asylum policy.[7] In 2010 he said it was extremely important that Norwegians discuss which values Norwegian society should be based on in the future. He stated as the basic foundations: democracy, human rights, respect for individuals and equality between sexes, and considered it dangerous to think about these values as platitudes. He also compared radical Islam to Nazism, and regarding the granting of asylum to terrorists, he questioned if one would have given asylum to extreme-right Germans after World War II when they also risked death penalties in Germany.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Moe, Ola Borten (1976)". Stortinget.
  2. ^ Ekeberg, Liv (6 June 2006). "Bortens enke er død". NA24. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Agerlie, Kristin (15 June 2009). "Ola kjempar for landet". NRK.
  4. ^ "Endring i regjeringen" (in Norwegian). Regjeringen. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  5. ^ Ellingsen, Elisabeth Breien (27 March 2009). "Ola Borten Moe: Derfor skrev jeg SV-kronikken". VG Nett.
  6. ^ "Varaordfører varsler rødgrønt brudd i Trondheim". Dagbladet. 15 January 2010.
  7. ^ "– Døra inn til Norge må bli trangere". Aftenposten. 28 October 2009. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009.
  8. ^ Kristjánsson, Mímir (17 July 2010). "Kriger for verdier". Klassekampen.

External links

  • "Ola Borten Moe" (in Norwegian). Storting.
Preceded by
Terje Riis-Johansen
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
Succeeded by
Tord Lien
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