Lars Korvald
27th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
18 October 1972 – 16 October 1973
MonarchOlav V
Preceded byTrygve Bratteli
Succeeded byTrygve Bratteli
Leader of the Christian Democratic Party
In office
Preceded byEinar Hareide
Succeeded byKåre Kristiansen
In office
Preceded byKåre Kristiansen
Succeeded byKåre Kristiansen
County Governor of Østfold
In office
1 October 1981 – 1 October 1986
Prime MinisterKåre Willoch
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byJakob Modalsli
Succeeded byErling Norvik
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1961 – 30 September 1981
President of the Lagting
In office
8 October 1969 – 18 October 1972
Vice PresidentAase Lionæs
Preceded byBent Røiseland
Succeeded byEgil Aarvik
Personal details
Born(1916-04-29)29 April 1916
Mjøndalen, Nedre Eiker
Died4 July 2006(2006-07-04) (aged 90)
Mjøndalen, Nedre Eiker
Political partyChristian Democratic

audio speaker iconLars Korvald  (29 April 1916 – 4 July 2006) was a Norwegian educator and school headmaster. He became associated with the Christian Democratic Party and was elected to the Norwegian Parliament. He served as the 27th prime minister of Norway from 1972 to 1973, leading the cabinet that took over when Trygve Bratteli resigned in the wake of the first referendum over Norway's membership in the European Economic Community.[1][2][3]

Early life and career

Lars Korvald was born at Nedre Eiker in Buskerud, Norway. His parents were Engebret Korvald (1873-1956) and Karen Sofie Wigen (1876-1965). He attended Hamar Cathedral School graduating in 1940. He attended the Norwegian College of Agriculture at Ås in Akershus where he graduated in 1943.[4]

Lars Korvald had been educated in agricultural studies. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the Tomb Agricultural School (Tomb Jordbruksskol). The school was situated by the Krokstadfjordenon at Råde in Østfold. This was the site of a former estate (Tomb herregård i Råde) which had dated from the Middle Ages. In 1938, the estate was purchased by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission (Det norske lutherske Indremisjonsselskap) which established a high school and a modern farm operation on the property. The school offered several education programs with the principal focus on agriculture and agronomy. Korvald became Rector at Tomb in 1952.[5][6][7]

Parliamentary career

Korvald was first elected to the Parliament of Norway in 1961 representing the county of Østfold. In 1965, he was appointed parliamentary leader; and in 1967 the party leader. Altogether, Korvald served as a member of Parliament for five terms between 1961 and 1981. He was President of the Lagting 1969–1972.[8]

Prime Minister

See also: Korvald's Cabinet

Lars Korvald served as Prime Minister from 18 October 1972 to 16 October 1973. Though short-lived, his cabinet served as an important milestone in Norwegian politics, both because it marked the conclusion of the bitter and divisive debate over Norway's membership in the European Economic Community (EEC) and because it was a centrist non-socialist coalition. He was also the first prime minister from the Christian Democratic Party.[9]

Korvald proved to be an effective prime minister in a very difficult and transitional political situation. His cabinet commissioned the negotiations for a trade treaty with the EEC and instituted Norway's first petroleum policy. In addition, the Teachers' Training Law of June 1973 was a move to raise teacher training to university status.[10]

In 1981, Korvald resigned from the Storting after 20 years of service. That same autumn he was appointed County Governor in Østfold. He held in this position until he retired at the age of 70 in 1986.[9]

Personal life

In 1943, he married Ruth Aarny Borgersen (1915–2006). While serving as Prime Minister, Korvald resided in Bærum. He later resided in Moss, but in his later life he moved back to Mjøndalen.[11][12]


  1. ^ Harald Kjølås. "Lars Korvald". Allkunne. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dagens navn". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 29 April 1986. p. 18.
  3. ^ "90 år 29. april: Tidligere statsminister Lars Korvald" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 12 April 2006.
  4. ^ Knut Are Tvedt. "Lars Korvald". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Tomb". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Hallgeir Elstad. "Det norske lutherske Indremisjonsselskap". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Fra herregård til videregående skole". Tomb Videregående skole og landbruksstudier. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lars Korvald" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  9. ^ a b Nils-Petter Enstad. "Lars Korvald". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lars Korvald's Government, 18 October 1972 - 16 October 1973". Regjeringen. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Nondal, Tor; et al. (17 September 1997). "Først-familien". VG (in Norwegian). p. 33.
  12. ^ Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Korvald, Lars". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 317. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
Political offices Preceded byTrygve Bratteli Prime Minister of Norway 1972–1973 Succeeded byTrygve Bratteli Civic offices Preceded byJakob Modalsli County Governor of Østfold 1981–1986 Succeeded byErling Norvik