Lisbeth Berg-Hansen

Lisbeth Berg-Hansen (born 14 March 1963) is a Norwegian businessperson and politician for the Labour Party.

Lisbeth Berg-Hansen
Lisbeth Berg-Hansen Tromso.jpg
Berg-Hansen in Tromsø
Minister of Fisheries
In office
20 October 2009 – 16 October 2013
Prime MinisterJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byHelga Pedersen
Succeeded byElisabeth Aspaker
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 2013 (2013-10-01) – 30 September 2017 (2017-09-30)
Personal details
Born (1963-03-14) 14 March 1963 (age 58)
Bindal, Nordland, Norway
Political partyLabour

She chaired the Norwegian Seafood Federation from 2002 to 2005, and was Vice President of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise from 2004 to 2008. In politics, she was a political advisor in the Ministry of Fisheries from 1992 to 1996, and State Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister from 2000 to 2001.[1] Between 20 October 2009 and 16 October 2013, she was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.[2]

She is the deputy chair of the board of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, and a member of the board of Aker Seafoods, Fosen Trafikklag, Investinor (formerly known as Statens Investeringsselskap), SOS-barnebyer[1] and Bodø University College.[3]

She lives in Bindal.[1]

Conflict of interestEdit

Berg-Hansen owns an 8% stake in SinkabergHansen AS, one of Norway's salmon farms, through Jmj Invest AS.[4][5][6]

NMF, a Norwegian environmental group, filed charges against Berg-Hansen in 2009 claiming that her own economic interests prompted her to violate the regulations she’s supposed to enforce.[7][8]

In November 2013 a France 2 documentary accused Berg-Hansen of corruption in relaxing the legal levels of toxins allowed in fish in Norway while at leading health advisory committees and related research institutes, specifically the allowing of the pesticide chemical Ethoxyquin whose effects are relatively less researched and the minister having quashed funding for researchers who were about the report the dangerous effects of the pesticide including its ability to cross the blood brain barrier.[9][10] Kurt Oddekalv, Norwegian environmental activist called her corrupt & rotten, similar to the Mafia, in the documentary.


  1. ^ a b c Knut Olav Åmås, ed. (2008). Hvem er hvem?. Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 55. ISBN 978-82-03-23561-0.
  2. ^ Norwegian Office of the Prime Minister (20 October 2009). "Changes in the Government". Retrieved 20 October 2009.
  3. ^ Board of directors of Investinor[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2013-11-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Sandelson, Michael (26 October 2018). "Norway researchers' toxic salmon warning creates waves".
  7. ^ "Critics try to reel in Fisheries Minister".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2013-11-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Is fish farming the worst player in the food industry?".
  10. ^ "Farmed Norwegian Salmon World's Most Toxic Food".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
Succeeded by