Monica Mæland

Monica Mæland (born 6 February 1968)[1] is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party who served as Minister of Justice from 2020 to 2021.[2] Previously she served as Minister Local Government from 2018–2020, and Minister of Trade and Industry from 2013–2018. In local politics, she was the Chief Commissioner of Bergen from 2003–2013, and leader of the Hordaland Conservatives from 2002–2004.

Monica Mæland
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Mæland in August 2013
Minister of Justice
In office
24 January 2020 – 14 October 2021
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byJøran Kallmyr
Succeeded byEmilie Enger Mehl
Minister of Local Government
In office
17 January 2018 – 24 January 2020
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byJan Tore Sanner
Succeeded byNikolai Astrup
Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
16 October 2013 – 17 January 2018
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byTrond Giske
Succeeded byTorbjørn Røe Isaksen
Chief Commissioner of Bergen
In office
27 October 2003 – 17 October 2013
Preceded byAnne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen
Succeeded byRagnhild Stolt-Nielsen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2013
Personal details
Born (1968-02-06) 6 February 1968 (age 54)
Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Tom Schmidt Mæland
Alma materUniversity of Bergen


Mæland was born in Bergen and grew up in Arendal. She holds a cand.jur. degree from the University of Bergen (1994), and practiced as a lawyer until entering politics full-time.

Political careerEdit

Local politicsEdit

Mæland was elected to the City Council in Bergen in 1999, and was a member until she became Chief Commissioner. She formed her first cabinet on 27 October 2003.[3] The first Mæland cabinet held a minority of the votes in the city council, and consisted of the Conservative Party, the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party. After the 2007 local election she formed her second cabinet, a majority cabinet, consisting of the Christian Democratic Party and the Progress Party. The Progress Party left the cabinet on 28 April 2009, due to a disagreement about continuing the lifespan of the toll ring financing the Bergen Program for Transport, Urban Development and the Environment. The party reentered the cabinet a year later, and the political cooperation was resumed based on the agreement signed after the 2007 election.

After the 2011 election Monica Mæland formed her third cabinet, with the same parties as in her latter cabinet.

Mæland was also the leader, and prior to that, deputy leader, of the County branch of the Conservative Party.

Mæland is the second Chief Commissioner in Bergen after the parliamentary system was introduced in 2000, and the only one to have won re-election.


When Solberg's cabinet was formed in October 2013, Mæland was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry, a post she held until January 2018. In January 2018, she was appointed Minister of Local Government after the Liberal Party entered the cabinet. She overlook the county and municipal mergers that started in early 2018 and was finalized by January 2020. Later in January 2020, she was appointed Minister of Justice after the Progress Party withdrew from the Solberg cabinet.


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Bergen kommune. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  2. ^ "This Is Solberg's Cabinet 4.0". NRK. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.;
  3. ^ "Valg av byråd". Bergen kommune. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2009.

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Political offices
Preceded by Chief Commissioner of Bergen
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Local Government
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Justice
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