Jan Petersen
Petersen in 2003 as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
19 October 2001 (2001-10-19) – 17 October 2005 (2005-10-17)
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byThorbjørn Jagland
Succeeded byJonas Gahr Støre
Conservative Parliamentary Leader
In office
1 October 1994 (1994-10-01) – 17 October 2001 (2001-10-17)
Preceded byAnders Talleraas
Succeeded byOddvard Nilsen
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
10 April 1994 (1994-04-10) – 9 May 2004 (2004-05-09)
First DeputyBørge Brende
Inge Lønning
Erna Solberg
Second DeputyElisabeth Aspaker
Anne Berit Andersen
Per-Kristian Foss
Preceded byKaci Kullmann Five
Succeeded byErna Solberg
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1981 (1981-10-01) – 30 September 2009 (2009-09-30)
Mayor of Oppegård
In office
1 January 1976 (1976-01-01) – 30 September 1981 (1981-09-30)
Preceded byTore Haugen
Succeeded byBjørn Kristiansen
Leader of the Young Conservatives
In office
Preceded byHans Svelleland
Succeeded byPer-Kristian Foss
Personal details
Born (1946-06-11) 11 June 1946 (age 75)
Oslo, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Vesla Johannessen (m. 1984)
EducationUniversity of Oslo

Jan Petersen (born 11 June 1946, in Oslo) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party. Petersen was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Akershus in 1981, and was re-elected on six occasions. He had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1973–1977. From 2001 to 2005, when the second cabinet Bondevik held office, Petersen was Minister of Foreign Affairs. During this period his seat in parliament was held by André Oktay Dahl.

On the local level Petersen was a member of Oppegård municipal council from 1967 to 1983, serving as mayor from 1975 to 1981.

He chaired the Conservative Party from 1994 to 2004. From 1971 to 1973 he was the leader of the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party.

Outside politics Petersen has a cand.jur. degree from the University of Oslo in 1973. Before entering national politics he worked for a few years in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). From 2009 to 2014 he served as the Norwegian ambassador to Austria, and he then retired.

In 2004, Petersen was appointed a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav.


Political offices Preceded byThorbjørn Jagland Minister of Foreign Affairs 2001–2005 Succeeded byJonas Gahr Støre Party political offices Preceded byHans Svelland Leader of the Norwegian Young Conservatives 1971–1973 Succeeded byPer-Kristian Foss Preceded byKaci Kullmann Five Leader of the Conservative Party 1994–2004 Succeeded byErna Solberg