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The Foreigner Norway Prime Minister’s mother passes. Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has cancelled his official engagements following the death of his mother, Wednesday. “It is with regret that the Prime Minister’s Office must announce that Karin Stoltenberg, the Prime Minister's mother, passed away last night after several months of illness." 80-year-old Mrs Stoltenberg, considered to be one of Norway’s most influential officials, married Thorvald Stoltenberg in 1957.

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Norway Prime Minister’s mother passes

Published on Wednesday, 17th October, 2012 at 11:10 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th October 2012 at 12:30.

Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has cancelled his official engagements following the death of his mother, Wednesday.



“It is with regret that the Prime Minister’s Office must announce that Karin Stoltenberg, the Prime Minister's mother, passed away last night after several months of illness."

80-year-old Mrs Stoltenberg, considered to be one of Norway’s most influential officials, married Thorvald Stoltenberg in 1957.

Among other posts, he was Norway’s Minister of Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and was assigned the post of Norwegian ambassador to the UN in 1989. He also served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Karin Stoltenberg gave birth to three children, Jens, Camilla, and Nini, was the grandmother of four, and regarded as the main architect behind Norway’s family policy from the 1970s.

Educated as a geneticist, she entered the foreign affairs service, and became Labour’s then Deputy Minister of Trade and Shipping in the 1980s, holding her post between 1988 and 1989.

Mrs Stoltenberg also worked at what used to be known as the Ministry of Children and Family, present day Ministry of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion.

As one of the founders of both the Equality and Partnership Acts, she authored the whitepaper on abortion, regarded as groundbreaking at the time.

“The major difference in the lives of women is access to contraception and abortion. It has changed women's lives more fundamentally than anything else has,” she told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “What we call emancipation could not have occurred whatsoever without control over their own fertility.”

During a radio documentary in May this year, Mrs Stoltenberg related she did not really enjoy politics, however.

“I need to have peace and quiet and enjoy being in the shade. I thought I was a good bureaucrat. To me, bureaucrat is an honorary designation.”



Published on Wednesday, 17th October, 2012 at 11:10 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th October 2012 at 12:30.

This post has the following tags: norwayprimeminister, jensstoltenberg, stoltenbergmotherpassing.





  
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