Jørgen Løvland

Jørgen Gunnarsson Løvland (3 February 1848 – 21 August 1922) was a Norwegian educator and civil servant of the Liberal Party who served as the 10th prime minister of Norway from 1907 to 1908.[1]

Jørgen Løvland
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Jørgen Løvland
10th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
23 October 1907 – 19 March 1908
MonarchHaakon VII
Preceded byChristian Michelsen
Succeeded byGunnar Knudsen
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 June 1905 – 19 March 1908
Prime MinisterChristian Michelsen
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byWilhelm Christophersen
Norwegian Prime Minister in Stockholm
In office
11 March 1905 – 7 June 1905
MonarchOscar II
Prime MinisterChristian Michelsen
Preceded bySigurd Ibsen
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of Education and Church Affairs
In office
26 October 1915 – 21 June 1920
Prime MinisterGunnar Knudsen
Preceded byAasulv Bryggesaa
Succeeded byNils R. Jensen
Minister of Labour
In office
5 June 1900 – 22 October 1903
Prime MinisterJohannes Steen
Otto Blehr
Preceded byHans Nysom
Succeeded byAlbert Hansen
In office
17 February 1898 – 28 February 1899
Prime MinisterJohannes Steen
Preceded byFredrik Stang Lund
Succeeded byHans Nysom
Personal details
Jørgen Gunnarsson Løvland

(1848-02-03)3 February 1848
Evje, Aust-Agder, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
Died21 August 1922(1922-08-21) (aged 74)
Christiania, Norway
Political partyLiberal
Laura Mathilde Torkildson
(m. 1884)
ChildrenTorkell Løvland
Alma materKristiansand Teacher Training College
Gravesite of Jørgen Løvland, Vår Frelsers gravlund in Oslo


Løvland was born at Lauvland in Evje (Lauvland i Evje herad) in Aust-Agder, Norway. He came from a farming family. He graduated from Christianssands Stifts Seminarium teachers’ seminary in 1865. He worked as primary school teacher in Christianssand (1866-1878) and then as headmaster in Setesdal (1878-1884). From 1884 to 1892 he was also editor of Christianssands Stiftsavis.[2]

Political careerEdit

He represented the Liberal party at the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) 1886-1888 and again in 1892–1898. He was Minister of Labour (1898–1899, 1900–1902, 1902–1903), a member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm (1899–1900), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1905 and 1905–1907), Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1907–1908), and Minister of Education and Church Affairs (1915–1920). In 1905 became the prime minister in Stockholm. He was chair of the Norwegian government of Christian Michelsen. In October 1907, Løvland took over as Norwegian Prime Minister when Michelsen resigned. Løvland resigned the position in March 1908.[3][4]

Norwegian Nobel CommitteeEdit

Løvland was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from the foundation in 1897 until his death in 1922. He was the committee's chairman (1901–1921). [5]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Mathilde Løvland (1851–1938). Following their deaths, both he and his wife were buried at Vår Frelsers gravlund in Oslo.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jørgen Løvland". regjeringen.no. May 7, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Magnus A. Mardal. "Jørgen Gunnarson Løvland". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jørgen Gunnarson Løvland". Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "Christian Michelsen's Government". Regjeringen. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Members of the first Norwegian Nobel Committee". Nobel Committee. Retrieved June 10, 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norwegian Minister of Education and Church Affairs
Succeeded by
Cultural offices
Preceded by Chairman of Noregs Mållag
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