Party affiliation: Norwegian Labour Party
Former Minister of Trade and Shipping. State Secretary, Ministry of Church and Education, 1976-1978, Ministry of Finance, 1979-1981, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1986-1988. Minister of Justice, November since 1990.
Professional career: First Deputy General-Secretary, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat. Member, National Wages Arbitration Board. Director, Norges Bank, since 1990.