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Per-Willy Trudvang Amundsen (born 21 January 1971) is a Norwegian politician for the Progress Party who served as Minister of Justice from December 2016 to January 2018. He previously served as state secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development from 2013, and represented Troms in the Norwegian parliament from 2005 until 2013.

Per-Willy Amundsen
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Minister of Justice
In office
20 December 2016 (2016-12-20) – 17 January 2018
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byAnders Anundsen
Succeeded bySylvi Listhaug
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
Assumed office
1 October 2017
In office
1 October 2005 – 30 September 2013
Personal details
Per-Willy Trudvang Amundsen

(1971-01-21) 21 January 1971 (age 48)
Harstad, Troms, Norway
Political partyProgress Party
Spouse(s)Gry-Anette Rekanes Amundsen
Alma materNorwegian School of Economics
Sør-Trøndelag University College
Home Guard


Early life and educationEdit

Amundsen was born in Harstad to construction and real estate chief Per Roald Amundsen (born 1949) and health secretary Wenche Berit Trudvang (born 1949).

He attended Kanebogen elementary school, finishing in 1984, before enrolling in Harstad Secondary school, graduating in 1987. He later went to Heggen Upper Secondary School between 1987 and 1990. Upon finishing school, he was drafted to the Norwegian Army, serving his tour in the Signal Battalion in Bardufoss. Upon being discharged, he enrolled at Norwegian School of Economics, graduating in 1995 with a degree in economics. In 1999, he received a degree in information technology at the Sør-Trøndelag University College. He also completed the Military leadership course with the Home Guard.[1]

Political careerEdit

Amundsen joined the Progress Party's Youth when he was fourteen years old,[2] and was the chairman of its Harstad chapter from 1986 to 1990 – the last year also of its Troms chapter. From 1992 to 1994 he served as board member of the Hordaland Progress Party Youth, and from 2000 to 2002 he was chairman of the Harstad Progress Party.[1]

From 1999 to 2005, Amundsen held various positions in the Harstad municipality council. Since 2005, he has been a Member of Parliament from Troms. During his time in parliament, he has been a member of the Standing Committee on Local Government and Public Administration.[1] In 2011, Amundsen changed from being the party's Spokesperson on Immigration Issues, to Spokesperson on Energy Issues.[3] After the 2013 parliamentary election, Amundsen, located 2nd on the party list, lost his seat due to re-districting of Troms county.[4] He was subsequently appointed state secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation in the new government of Erna Solberg.[5]

On 20 December 2016 Amundsen was appointed Minister of Justice, succeeding fellow Progress Party politician Anders Anundsen.

Political viewsEdit

Before the 2005 election, he stated as his wishes to work in the background within the Standing Committee on Business and Industry or the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment. By the latter part of his 2005–2009 term as Member of Parliament, he however rather came to be mostly notable for his views and proposals on immigration issues.[2] While he formerly favoured Norwegian membership of the European Union, he has since the late 2000s turned to oppose membership.[6] He has stated that his political rolemodel is Margaret Thatcher.[2]. He was one of the Norwegian politicians together with Christian Tybring-Gjedde to propose Donald Trump as a candidate for Nobel Peace Prize [7]

Immigration and IslamEdit

Amundsen has said that his concern with immigration is largely due to the problem of unintegrated immigrants. He says that many adhere to cultural values which "collide fundamentally" with Norwegian and Western values such as democracy, freedom, freedom of speech, equality and tolerance. He does not accept that all cultures are equally good or valuable. He views radical Islam as "fascism based on religion", which he puts in his context of communism as "fascism based on understanding of class" and nazism as "fascism based on race". He has said that he believes radical Islam should be fought against like all types of fascism.[2]

His political proposals include to establish asylum centres in areas close to where the asylum seekers originate from, and in general to drastically reduce immigration to Norway.[8] He has also sought to remove the public economical support for the Islamic Council Norway as it did not distance itself from the use of death penalty for homosexuality. He wants stricter control on Mosques, not accept halal slaughtering, remove halal food from prison facilities, and reject hijab in the police force.[9] He also oppose special demands such as separate schools for Muslims, classrooms segregated by gender, limitation of freedom of speech regarding religion, special breaks for praying during work-time and alcohol-free days in nightclubs. He claims that the political left, socialists and politically correct people are giving in to many such demands.[10]

He supported the proposal of a ban on burqa and niqab in public spaces which was proposed by his party in 2010. He stated that "we don't accept this type of clothing [which is] oppressive to women, and what they represent".[11] The same year, Amundsen also proposed to put the immigration policy up for a referendum,[12] and proposed a halt of immigration to Oslo in the wake of increased segregation and soon-to-become immigrant majority areas, which he said would turn integration impossible.[13]

Racism controversyEdit

In early 2019 Amundsen spark a huge debate in Norway when he suggested for child support for non-western immigrants to be cut to stop them from "producing more children" and halt a possible decline of "ethnic Norwegians" in the population. While gaining some support among far-right outlets like, most of the media and several ranking politicians denounced Amundsen intentions and tone of speech as racist and out of line with the principles of Norwegian politics and community.[14][15] Jon Helgheim, the immigration commissioner of Amundsen own party, declared that Amundsen's statement did not represent the FrP immigration politics.[16]

Energy and climateEdit

Amundsen supports oil exploration off the Lofoten archipelago, a major breeding ground for Atlantic cod. He also supports the involvement of Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas company where the state of Norway is the majority shareholder, in exploitation of oil sands.[17]

Amundsen defines himself as climate sceptic. He has argued that climate problems are used to conduct socialist policies, saying that "for many socialists, CO2 has replaced Karl Marx".[18]

Tommy RobinsonEdit

Amundsen wants Norway to give asylum to UK right wing activist Tommy Robinson, who was given a nine-month jail sentence in 2019. Amundsen said Robinson was being politically persecuted in the UK.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married on 11 July 2009 to Gry-Anette Rekanes-Amundsen, herself a local Telemark Progress Party politician.[8][20] They divide their time between Oslo and their rural estate in Flåbygd in Telemark. In addition, they own a house together in Harstad.[21]


  1. ^ a b c "Amundsen, Per-Willy (1971-)". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Pellicer, Danny J. (22 April 2008). "Free Per-Willy". Nordlys (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Solvik-Olsen blir finanspolitisk talsmann i Frp". TV 2 (in Norwegian). 5 October 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Nå tar han en pause fra politikken". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Per-Willy Amundsen blir statssekretær". Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  6. ^ "De fleste Frp-erne på Tinget er mot EU". Dagbladet (NTB) (in Norwegian). 15 September 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
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  8. ^ a b "Lørdagsrevyen (Lørdagsgjest: Per-Willy Amundsen)". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (in Norwegian). 18 July 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Mener Islamsk Råd sprer "edder og galle"". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). 13 July 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  10. ^ Amundsen, Per-Willy (12 February 2009). "Nei til muslimske særkrav". Dagsavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Lande, David (4 March 2010). "Vil fjerne burkaen fra det offentlige rom". (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  12. ^ Skevik, Erlend (9 June 2010). "Frp: - Fullt mulig å stanse innvandringen". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  13. ^ Hanssen, Lars Joakim (13 October 2010). "Krever innvandringsstopp i Oslo". (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  14. ^ Ta "jødetesten", Erna! Bergens Tidene, Jan 12th 2019
  15. ^ Høyre-topp om Frp-utspill: – Usmakelig å skille mellom barn på denne måten. NRK, Jan 12th 2019
  16. ^ Frp-topp om Amundsens forslag: – Ikke Frps politikk. TV2, Jan 12th 2019
  17. ^ Monica Bjermeland (2013). "På baksiden: Per-Willy Amundsen". Klima 1-2013 (in Norwegian). Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo. Archived from the original on 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  18. ^ Norwegian News Agency (6 December 2012). "Frp: Klimafantaster har erstattet Marx med CO2". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 26 March 2013.
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  20. ^ Løkkebø, Lars (24 May 2009). "Gry-Anette gifter seg med Frp-topp". Telemarksavisa (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  21. ^ Jensen, Morten. "Per-Willy kjøper hus i Harstad". Harstad tidende. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
Party political offices
Political offices
Preceded by
Anders Anundsen
Minister of Justice and Public Security
Succeeded by
Sylvi Listhaug