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Knut Frydenlund (31 March 1927 – 26 February 1987) was a Norwegian diplomat. His most significant achievement was as Norwegian foreign minister between 1973 and 1981, and again between 1986 and 1987.

Knut Frydenlund
Knut Frydenlund (1981).jpg
Frydenlund in 1981
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 May 1986 – 26 February 1987
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded bySvenn Stray
Succeeded byThorvald Stoltenberg
In office
16 October 1973 – 14 October 1981
Prime MinisterLars Korvald
Trygve Bratteli
Odvar Nordli
Gro Brundtland
Preceded byDagfinn Vårvik
Succeeded bySvenn Stray
Personal details
Born(1927-03-31)31 March 1927
Drammen, Norway
Died26 February 1987(1987-02-26) (aged 59)
Oslo, Norway
Political partyLabour Party

Frydenlund was born in Drammen and began his diplomatic career in the 1950s, initially serving at the Norwegian embassy in Bonn, and served in various diplomatic positions during the 1950s and the 1960s. In 1969 he was elected to parliament as a member of the Norwegian Labour Party, and he became foreign minister in the Labour government in 1973. While Labour was out of power from 1981 to 1986, he was replaced as foreign minister by Svenn Thorkild Stray, but returned to the office in May 1986. In February 1987, following his return from a Nordic Council meeting in Helsinki, he collapsed at Oslo's Fornebu Airport due to a cerebral hemorrhage and died soon afterwards at Ullevaal Hospital in Oslo.


Political offices
Preceded by
Svenn Stray
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Thorvald Stoltenberg
Preceded by
Dagfinn Vårvik
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Svenn Stray