Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts.
–Kjell Magne Bondevik
Kjell Magne Bondevik served as a member of Storting (Parliament of Norway) for the County of Møre og Romsdal from 1973-2005, and has been a member of Storting since 1973. Mr. Bondevik was party leader of the Christian Democratic Party from 1983-1995.
He served as his party’s parliamentary leader from 1981-1983, 1986-1989, 1993-1997, and 2000-2001. Mr. Bondevik was Minister of Church and Education in Kåre Willoch’s government (1983-1986), and Minister of Foreign Affairs during the government of Jan P. Syse (1989-1990). Kjell Magne Bondevik was elected Prime Minister in 1997, in a coalition consisting of the Christian Democratic Party, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
He was appointed Prime Minister again in October 2001 heading a coalition government between the Christian People’s Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party. He served until 2005.
Once his mandate as Prime minister was over, Mr. Bondevik went on to found the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights in 2006.