Ivar Lykke (politician)

Ivar Lykke (9 January 1872, Trondheim – 4 December[1] 1949, Trondheim) was a Norwegian politician from the Conservative Party. He was the 17th prime minister of Norway from 1926 to 1928. He was also president of the Storting from 1919 to 1927.[2]

Ivar Lykke
Ivar Lykke.jpg
17th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
5 March 1926 – 28 January 1928
MonarchHaakon VII
Preceded byJ. L. Mowinckel
Succeeded byChristopher Hornsrud
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
5 March 1926 – 28 January 1928
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byJ. L. Mowinckel
Succeeded byEdvard Bull, Sr.
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 January 1916 – 4 December 1945
ConstituencyTrondheim and Levanger
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
Preceded byOtto B. Halvorsen
Succeeded byC. J. Hambro
President of the Storting
In office
1 January 1919 – 31 December 1927
Serving with Gunnar Knudsen,
Anders Buen, Ivar P. Tveiten,
Otto B. Halvorsen, Gunder A. Jahren
and C. J. Hambro
Prime MinisterGunnar Knudsen
Otto B. Halvorsen
Otto Blehr
Abraham Berge
J. L. Mowinckel
Preceded byMartin Olsen Nalum
Ivar P. Tveiten
J. L. Mowinckel
Succeeded byC. J. Hambro
Personal details
Born(1872-01-09)9 January 1872
Trondhjem, Sør-Trøndelag, Sweden-Norway
Died4 December 1949(1949-12-04) (aged 77)
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Petra Anker Bachke

World War TwoEdit

Lykke was a member of the parliament's presidium in 1940;[3] he stepped in (according to mandate) for president in exile, C. J. Hambro.[4]

On 27 June 1940 Lykke, and others of parliament's presidium, signed an appeal to King Haakon, about [the desire for] his abdication.[3] (The presidium back then consisted of the presidents and vicepresidents of parliament, Odelstinget and Lagtinget.[5])


After World War Two, he and others were criticized (for actions in 1940) by a parliamentary fact-finding commission.

Visit by King HaakonEdit

By 1947 he was still being treated for cancer.[4]

During King Haakon's visit that year to Trondheim, he diverged from his official program to visit Lykke.[4] Lykke said "Thou can believe that we had it difficult here in Norway in the summer of 1940".[4] The king replied, "That is exactly why I am coming to You, dear Ivar Lykke", and stretched forward his hand" [for greeting].[4]


  1. ^ http://www.ub.ntnu.no/formidl/hist/privark/p004/lykke_i_p004.pdf[permanent dead link] Universitetsbiblioteket i Trondheim (Biography of Lykke, Ivar in Norwegian language. Retrieved Nov.20, 2008)
  2. ^ Stortingets presidentskap
  3. ^ a b Tor Bomann-Larsen (2014-03-14). "Stortinget hvitvasker sin krigshistorie". Aftenposten.
  4. ^ a b c d e Ivar Lykke
  5. ^ Stortingets presidentskap
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President of the Storting
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President of the Storting
Succeeded by