|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
19 October 2001 – 17 October 2005
|Prime Minister||Kjell M. Bondevik|
|Preceded by||Thorbjørn Jagland|
|Succeeded by||Jonas Gahr Støre|
|Conservative Parliamentary Leader|
1 October 1994 – 17 October 2001
|Preceded by||Anders Talleraas|
|Succeeded by||Oddvard Nilsen|
|Leader of the Conservative Party|
10 April 1994 – 9 May 2004
|Preceded by||Kaci Kullmann Five|
|Succeeded by||Erna Solberg|
|Member of the Parliament|
1 October 1981 – 30 September 2009
|Mayor of Oppegård|
1 January 1976 – 30 September 1981
|Preceded by||Tore Haugen|
|Succeeded by||Bjørn Kristiansen|
|Leader of the Young Conservatives|
1 June 1971 – 1 June 1973
|Preceded by||Hans Svelleland|
|Succeeded by||Per-Kristian Foss|
|Born||11 June 1946|
|Political party||Conservative Party|
He 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.
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|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Norwegian Young Conservatives
Kaci Kullmann Five
| Leader of the Conservative Party