Per Arne Olsen

Per Arne Lodding Olsen (born 21 February 1961) is a Norwegian politician and a former Member of Parliament for the Progress Party, where he held the position as second deputy leader. He served as the Governor of Vestfold from 2016 to 2019, and is as of 2019 the Governor of Vestfold og Telemark, elected by the King-in-Council.[1] While Vestfold and Telemark merged on 1 January 2020, the office of the Governor was merged a year before, on 1 January 2019. He served as a deputy Member of Parliament to the Norwegian Parliament from Vestfold from 2001 to 2009. He was the mayor of Tønsberg from 2003 until 2009, when he became a Member of Parliament.[1]

Per Arne Olsen
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Governor of Vestfold og Telemark
Assumed office
1 January 2019
MonarchHarald V
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Jonas Gahr Støre
Preceded byPosition established
Governor of Vestfold
In office
30 June 2016 – 31 December 2018
MonarchHarald V
Prime MinisterErna Solberg
Preceded byErling Lae
Succeeded byPosition abolished, merged with Telemark
Mayor of Tønsberg
In office
1 June 2003 – 30 September 2009
Preceded byHarald Haug Andersen
Succeeded byPetter Berg
Second Deputy Leader of the Progress Party
In office
22 May 2005 – 26 May 2013
LeaderCarl I. Hagen
Siv Jensen
Preceded byJohn Alvheim
Succeeded byKetil Solvik-Olsen
Personal details
Born (1961-02-21) 21 February 1961 (age 60)
Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway
Political partyProgress


  1. ^ a b "Per Arne Olsen" (in Norwegian). Storting.