Einar Førde

Einar Førde (20 January 1943 in Høyanger – 26 September 2004) was a Norwegian journalist and politician of the Labour Party. He served as Minister of Education and Church Affairs from 1979 to 1981, and director-general of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) from 1989 to 2001.[1] He was also vice-chairman of the Norwegian Labour Party 1981–1989.[2]

Einar Førde
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Parliamentary Leader for the Labour Party
In office
10 May 1986 – 16 October 1989
LeaderGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byGro Harlem Brundtland
Succeeded byBrit Jørgensen
Minister of Education and Church Affairs
In office
8 October 1979 – 14 October 1981
Prime MinisterOdvar Nordli
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byKjølv Egeland
Succeeded byTore Austad
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1969 – 30 September 1989
ConstituencyOslo (1969–1981, 1985–1989)
Akershus (1981–1985)
Personal details
Born(1943-01-20)20 January 1943
Høyanger, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Died26 September 2004(2004-09-26) (aged 61)
Oslo, Norway
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Synnøve Nymo (m. 1995; – 2004 his death)
Brit Fougner (m. 1971; div. 1991)

As director of the NRK Førde became a prominent public figure, often known for fearlessly speaking his mind as a knowledgeable political analyst and public debater. After his death Kåre Willoch, former prime minister from the Conservative Party, called him a ground-breaker in society, combining great force of mind with warmth and humour. Førde was also known for appearing in TV-shows on NRK, lampooning his own character.

Førde died of cancer in 2004, at the age of 61.

In his youth, Førde was a middle-distance runner. Representing IK Tjalve, he ran the 800 metres in 1:52.6 minutes, at Bislett stadion in September 1964.[3] He ran the 1500 metres in 3:50.3 minutes at Leangen stadion in August 1963.[4]


  1. ^ "Register of Persons "Norway's Governments since 1814"". Government.no. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  2. ^ Dahl, Hans Fredrik. "Einar Førde" (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  3. ^ "800 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  4. ^ "1500 meter". Norwegian Athletics. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2011.