Reiulf Steen

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Reiulf Steen
Reiulf Steen.PNG
Norwegian Ambassador to Chile
In office
4 September 1992 – 24 October 1996
Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland
21st Vice President of the Storting
In office
9 October 1985 – 30 September 1989
Prime Minister Kåre Willoch
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded by Odvar Nordli
Succeeded by Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl
Minister of Trade and Shipping
In office
15 January 1976 – 8 October 1979
Prime Minister Odvar Nordli
Preceded by Hallvard Bakke
Succeeded by Kari Gjesteby
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
17 March 1971 – 18 October 1972
Prime Minister Trygve Bratteli
Preceded by Håkon Kyllingmark
Succeeded by John Austrheim
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
Preceded by Trygve Bratteli
Succeeded by Gro Harlem Brundtland
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1977 – 30 September 1992
Constituency Oslo (1977-1985)
Akershus (1985-1992)
Personal details
Born (1933-08-16)16 August 1933
Hurum, Norway
Died 5 June 2014(2014-06-05) (aged 80)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality  Norway
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Inés Vargas
Children 4
Profession Journalist
Awards Chile Order of Merit (Chile)
Chile Order of Bernardo O'Higgins
South Africa Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo

Reiulf Steen (16 August 1933 – 5 June 2014) was a Norwegian author, ambassador and politician with the Norwegian Labour Party. He was active in the Labour Party from 1958 to 1990, serving as deputy party chairman from 1965 to 1975 and chairman from 1975 to 1981. Steen served as Norwegian ambassador to Chile between 1992 and 1996.[1] [2]


He was born at Hurum in Buskerud, Norway. His parents were Nils Steen (1889-1941) and Astrid Karlsen (1899-1986). The father, who died when Reiulf was 7 years old, had been president of the Norwegian Chemical Industry Workers' Union and deputy mayor of the municipality.[2]

Steen was elected leader of the regional Labour Party affiliate at age 14. He had worked in a factory and as a journalist for the newspaper Fremtiden in Drammen before entering politics in 1958. He rose quickly through the ranks of his party, chairing the Workers' Youth League from 1961 to 1964.[1]

He later served as minister of transportation from 1971 to 1972 and minister of commerce and trade from 1979 to 1981. From 1977 to 1993 he was a member of Parliament, representing the constituencies Oslo and Akershus. He was the vice president of the Socialist International from 1978 to 1983 and chaired its committee on Chile from 1975 to 1990. He maintained a long-standing interest in Latin America and was appointed Norwegian ambassador to Chile in 1992, a tenure that lasted until 1996.[3]

He wrote columns for several of the country's leading newspapers, dealing with both national and international issues. He was also active in ATTAC and chaired the Norwegian branch of the European Movement (1999–2001), Norsk Folkehjelp (1999–2003) and the Norwegian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (1986–1992). In later years, his memoirs and personal recollections related accounts of his own psychiatric problems and difficulties within the Labour Party.[4]

Personal life

Reiulf Steen was married twice. In 1960 he married Lis Fridholm (1936-1985). Their marriage was later dissolved. In 1980 he married Inés Vargas. He died on 5 June 2014 and was survived by his wife, four children from his first marriage and step-family. Via his step-daughter, he was father-in-law to Labour politician Raymond Johansen, who was Governing Mayor of Oslo. [1][5] [6]


  • Ørnen har landet, 2003
  • Jordskjelv, 2000
  • Underveis, 1999
  • Beretninger, 1998
  • Ideene lever, 1992
  • Maktkamp, 1989
  • Inés – og det elskede landet, 1988
  • Der hjertet banker, 1986


  1. ^ a b c "Former Ap leader Reiulf Steen dies". News in English. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ingunn Norderval. "Reiulf Steen". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Knut Are Tvedt. "Reiulf Steen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Reiulf Steens historie". V G. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Hans Olav Lahlum (6 June 2014) Triumfen og tragediene ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian) Dagbladet. Retrieved 12 June 2014
  6. ^ Var en varm, kjærlig og distré familiemann ‹See Tfd›(in Norwegian) Dagbladet. Retrieved 12 June 2014

External links

  • "Reiulf Steen" (in Norwegian). Storting.

External links

  • Media related to Reiulf Steen at Wikimedia Commons
Political offices
Preceded by
Håkon Olai Kyllingmark
Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications
Succeeded by
John Austrheim
Preceded by
Hallvard Bakke
Norwegian Minister of Trade and Shipping
Succeeded by
Kari Gjesteby
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bjartmar Gjerde
Chairman of the Workers' Youth League
Succeeded by
Ola Teigen
Preceded by
Trygve Bratteli
Chairman of the Norwegian Labour Party
Succeeded by
Gro Harlem Brundtland

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