Svenn Stray

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Svenn Stray
Sven Stray 2009.jpg
Stray in 2009
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
14 October 1981 – 9 May 1986
Prime Minister Kåre Willoch
Preceded by Knut Frydenlund
Succeeded by Knut Frydenlund
In office
22 May 1970 – 17 March 1971
Prime Minister Per Borten
Preceded by John Lyng
Succeeded by Andreas Zeier Cappelen
Parliamentary Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
1 October 1965 – 22 May 1970
Preceded by John Lyng
Succeeded by Kåre Willoch
First Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
1962 – 22 May 1970
Leader Sjur Lindebrække
Preceded by Bernt Ingvaldsen
Succeeded by Erling Norvik
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 January 1958 – 30 September 1985
Constituency Østfold
Personal details
Born Svenn Thorkild Stray
(1922-02-11)11 February 1922
Arendal, Norway
Died 20 May 2012(2012-05-20) (aged 90)
Moss, Norway
Political party Conservative Party

Svenn Thorkild Stray (11 February 1922 – 20 May 2012) was a Norwegian politician and a member of the Conservative Party of Norway. He served as a member of parliament from 1958 to 1985, as president of the Nordic Council in 1968, and as foreign minister of Norway from 1970 to 1971, and 1981 to 1986.


He was born in Arendal. Stray's parents were Gudmund Stray (1885–1970), a dentist, and Anne Johanne Marie Frøstrup (1893–1975). Svenn Stray graduated from the University of Oslo with a law degree in 1946. After having served as a clerk in Moss, Norway, he opened his own practice in Moss in 1950.

Political career

Stray was first elected to local office in Moss in 1955, and he remained active in local politics until 1979. He was elected to Stortinget in 1958. He served continuously in the parliament until 1985, for a total of 27 years, 264 days.

Stray was foreign minister twice, from 1970 to 1971, and 1981 to 1986. He died on 20 May 2012 at the age of 90.[1]


  1. ^
  • "Svenn Stray" (in Norwegian). Storting.
Political offices
Preceded by
Knut Frydenlund
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Knut Frydenlund
Preceded by
John Lyng
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Andreas Zeier Cappelen
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