Bård Vegar Solhjell

Bård Vegar Solhjell
Minister of the Environment
In office
23 March 2012  16 October 2013
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Preceded by Erik Solheim
Succeeded by Tine Sundtoft
Minister of Education and Research
In office
18 October 2007  20 October 2009
Preceded by Øystein Djupedal
Succeeded by Kristin Halvorsen
Secretary of the Socialist Left Party
In office
Preceded by Turid Leirvoll
Succeeded by Edle Daasvand
Personal details
Born (1971-12-22) 22 December 1971
Kristiansand, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Political party Socialist Left Party

Bård Vegar Solhjell (born 22 December 1971) is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party. He served as Minister of Education (K–12) from 2007 to 2009 and as Minister of the Environment from 2012 to 2013, both in Stoltenberg's Second Cabinet.[1]

Solhjell was born in Kristiansand and grew up in Sunnfjord in Sogn and Fjordane, Western Norway.

Solhjell holds a master's degree in Political Science, with emphasis on Sociology, Comparative Politics and History of Ideas at both the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen. He has worked as a teacher, and in the postal service.

Solhjell was elected to Parliament in 2009 for Akershus County. He was a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence as well as the Parliamentary leader of the Socialist Left Party's group. He is one of two deputy leaders of the Socialist Left Party since 2007 and a member of its central committee since 1999.

Solhjell was Party Secretary of the Socialist Left Party 2001-2005. He was the deputy leader of Socialist Youth League between 1992-1994, before becoming a political adviser for the Socialist Left Party's Parliamentary group and a state secretary at the Prime Minister's office.

Solhjell was appointed as minister on 18 October 2007, succeeding Øystein Djupedal. Djupedal's old department was split during the 2007 reshuffle, and Solhjell was the minister in charge of kindergartens and lower education up to and including the high school level until a new government reshuffle in 2009.

In 2011 he published a book (Solidaritet på ny, Samlaget 2011) about solidarity, visions and direction for the Norwegian red-green Government and for his political party, the Socialist Left Party (SV). Between 2001 and 2005 Bård Vegar Solhjell was a member of the Norwegian Broadcasting Council. From 1992 to 1993 he was a board member of the organization “No to the EU”.

Bård Vegar Solhjell is married with 3 children. He lives in Son, just outside Oslo. He enjoys music and literature and coaches a children’s football team.

Political appointments

Work Experience



  1. "Jens Stoltenberg's Second Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Øystein Djupedal
Norwegian Minister of Education and Research
2007 2009
Succeeded by
Kristin Halvorsen
Preceded by
Erik Solheim
Norwegian Minister of the Environment
2012 - 2013
Succeeded by
Tine Sundtoft
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