Kristin Clemet

Kristin Clemet (born 20 April 1957, in Harstad) is a Norwegian politician for Høyre, Norway's Conservative Party.

Kristin Clemet
Minister of Education and Research
In office
19 October 2001 – 17 October 2005
Prime MinisterKjell Magne Bondevik
Preceded byTrond Giske
Succeeded byØystein Djupedal
Minister of Labour and Government Administration
In office
2 November 1989 – 3 November 1990
Prime MinisterJan P. Syse
Preceded byOddrunn Pettersen
Succeeded byTove Strand
Personal details
Born (1957-04-20) 20 April 1957 (age 64)
Harstad, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Michael Tetzschner

She was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Oslo in 1989, but was not re-elected in 1993. She had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1985–1989.

From 1981 to 1983, during the first cabinet Willoch, Clemet was appointed personal secretary (today known as political advisor) in the Ministry of Industry. From 1985 to 1986, during the second cabinet Willoch, she was personal secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister. In November 1989, during the cabinet Syse, she was Minister of Government Administration and Labour. During this period her seat in parliament was taken by Kari Garmann.

From 2001 to 2005, when the second cabinet Bondevik held office, Clemet was Minister of Education and Research. As Minister of Education and Research, Clemet became known for her work in carrying out "The Quality Reform" (Kvalitetsreformen) in the Norwegian university system.

Kristin Clemet graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from NHH in 1981 and has a long history of public service. She was editor-in-chief of the Conservative Party's journal Tidens Tegn 1993–1997 and vice managing director of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises from 1997 to 2001. Today she is the leader of Civita, a liberal think tank based in Oslo.

Clemet lives together with party fellow Michael Tetzschner; they have two children. Her father Fridtjov Clemet was general secretary of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1985.


  • "Kristin Clemet" (in Norwegian). Storting.
Political offices
Preceded by
Oddrun Pettersen
Norwegian Minister of Labour and Government Administration
Succeeded by
Tove Strand Gerhardsen
Preceded by
Trond Giske
Norwegian Minister of Education and Research
Succeeded by
Øystein Djupedal