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April 6, 2012
"Jump to: navigation, search Einar Gerhardsen Prime Minister of Norway In office 25 September 1963 – 12 October 1965 Monarch Olav V Preceded by John Lyng Succeeded by Per Borten In office 22 January 1955 – 28 August 1963 Monarch Haakon VII Olav V Preceded by Oscar Torp Succeeded by John Lyng In office 25 June 1945 – 9 November 1951 Monarch Haakon VII Preceded by Johan Nygaardsvold Succeeded by Oscar Torp Personal details Born Einar Gerhardsen 10 May 1897 Asker, Akershus Died 19 November 1987 (aged 90) Nationality Norwegian Political party Labour Party Spouse(s) Werna Gerhardsen Profession Civil servant, road worker Religion Lutheranism (Church of Norway) Einar Gerhardsen in 1983 About this sound Einar Henry Gerhardsen (help·info) (10 May 1897 – 19 September 1987) was a Norwegian politician from the Labour Party of Norway. He was Prime Minister for three periods, 1945–1951, 1955–1963 and 1963–1965. With 17 years in office, he is the longest serving Prime Minister in Norway since the introduction of parliamentarism. Many Norwegians often refer to him as "Landsfaderen" (Father of the Fatherland); he is generally considered one of the main architects of the rebuilding of Norway after World War II.  Early life Einar Gerhardsen was born in the municipality of Asker, in the county of Akershus. His parents were Gerhard Olsen (1867–1949) and Emma Hansen (1872–1949). He was married to Werna and they had two sons Truls and Rune Gerhardsen and a daughter Torgunn. His brother was Rolf Gerhardsen and with him Einar Gerhardsen also had a lifelong working relationship. From the age of 17, Gerhardsen went to meetings in the Labour party's youth movement. Originally a road worker, Gerhardsen became politically active in the socialist labour movement during the 1920s. He was convicted several times of taking part in subversive activities until he, along with the rest of the Labour party, gradually moved from communism to democratic socialism. He participated...