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Josef Benkow Edit Profile

also known as Jo Benkow

educator , Norwegian goverment official

Josef Benkow, Former Norwegian goverment official, educator. Certified master photographer, 1952. Decorated Commander Grand Cross of Order of White Rose of Finland, Def.Participation medal; recipient Norwegian Bookseller's Award, 1985. M C.


Benkow, Josef was born on August 15, 1924 in Trondheim, Norway. Son of Ivan and Annie Louise (Florence) Benkow.


Diploma, Copenhagen Technology Institute, 1949. Juris Doctor (honorary), Boson University, 1994.


Owner, photography studio, since 1949;chairman, Young Conservatives, Ostfold County, 1951-1954;member, Baerum Municipal Council, 1959-1967;alderman, Baerum Municipal Council, 1963-1969;deputy member, Norwegian Parliament, 1961-1965;member, Norwegian Parliament, 1965-1993;president, Norwegian Parliament, 1985-1993;member Control Board, Conservative party, 1971-1993;chairman Akershus County, Conservative party, 1971-1975;vice-chairman, Conservative party, 1973-1980;chairman, Conservative party, 1981-1984;leader parliamentary group, Conservative party, 1981-1985. Delegate United Nations General Assembly, 1971. Visiting professor Boston University, 1994.


  • Certified master photographer, 1952.


Member of executive board Akershus County, 1962-1966. Member Nordic Council, 1973-1989, chairman Norwegian delegation, 1981-1987, chairman Cultural Foundation, 1980-1995, president, 1983-1984. Served as Second lieutenant Norwegian Air Force, 1944-1946.


Married Annelise Høegh. 1 child from previous marriage, Annie.

Ivan Benkow

Annie Louise (Florence) Benkow

Annelise Høegh