Anniken Huitfeldt (51), member of the labour party, was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on 14 October 2021.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for Norwegian foreign policy, the promotion of Norway’s interests internationally and the foreign service, which includes more than 100 embassies, permanent missions and delegations, and consulates general.
Ms Huitfeldt comes from Jessheim, Norway, and has a Master’s Degree with specialisation in History. She has worked as a researcher at the research foundation FAFO. She has been particularly engaged in efforts to promote security policy, equality and climate. Hobbies include running, cross-country skiing, literature and theatre.
From 2013 to 2021 Ms Huitfeldt chaired the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. She was Minister of Labour from 2012 to 2013, Minister of Culture from 2009 to 2012 and Minister of Children and Equality from 2008 to 2009. She was elected to the Storting (Norwegian parliament) in 2005 and has been a member since then.
Ms Huitfeldt is married and has three children.
2021– Minister of Foreign Affairs
2013–2021 Chair of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence
2013–2021 Chair of the Parliament’s Enlarged Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee
2012–2013 Minister of Labour
2009–2012 Minister of Culture
2008–2009 Minister of Children and Equality
2005–2009 Vice Chair of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Education and Research
2005– Member of the Storting
2019– Member of the Board of The Progressive Alliance
2019– Leader of Akershus Labour Party
2017– Member of the Board of The Party of European Socialists (PES)
2007–2019 Head of the Norwegian Labour Party women’s network
2002– Member of the Labour Party Central Executive Committee
1999–2000 Vice President of the International Union of Socialist Youth
1996–2000 President of the Labour Youth League (AUF)
2001–2005 Member of the Board of Save the Children Norway
2000–2005 Researcher, FAFO