Ragnar Christiansen

Ragnar Karl Viktor Christiansen (28 December 1922 in Drammen – 17 February 2019)[1] was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

Ragnar Christiansen
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
15 January 1976 – 11 January 1978
Prime MinisterOdvar Nordli
Preceded byAnnemarie Lorentzen
Succeeded byAsbjørn Jordahl
Minister of Finance
In office
17 March 1971 – 18 October 1972
Prime MinisterTrygve Bratteli
Preceded byOle Myrvoll
Succeeded byJon Ola Norbom
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 January 1958 – 30 September 1977
Personal details
Ragnar Karl Viktor Christiansen

(1922-12-28)28 December 1922
Drammen, Norway
Died17 February 2019(2019-02-17) (aged 96)
Political partyLabour

Early lifeEdit

He served as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway during the terms 1950–1953 and 1954–1957.[2] When taking seat as a deputy in Parliament in 1950, at the age of 27 he was the youngest MP in Norway ever.[3] He was later elected to Parliament from Buskerud in 1957, and was re-elected four times to serve five terms.[2]

Christiansen held several ministerial portfolios through the years; he was appointed Minister of Finance in 1971–1972 during Bratteli's First Cabinet and Minister of Transport and Communications in 1976–1978 during Nordli's Cabinet. During the first tenure he was replaced in Parliament by Egil Solin Ranheim; during the second period he was replaced by Olaf Øen.[2]

On the local level he was a member of Nedre Eiker municipal council from 1945 to 1959, serving as mayor during the term 1955–1957. From 1955 to 1957 he was also a member of Buskerud county council. He chaired the local party chapter for several periods, and the county chapter from 1955 to 1956.[2]

Outside politics he spent his career in the Norwegian State Railways. He started as errand boy in 1940 and left in 1977 as a managing clerk. His career ended with the post of County Governor of Buskerud, which he held from 1979 to 1989.[2]


  1. ^ "Ap-veteran Ragnar Christiansen er død".
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ragnar Christiansen" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  3. ^ "Norges yngste stortingsmann". Asker og Bærums Budstikke (in Norwegian). 14 August 1950. p. 4.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ole Myrvoll
Norwegian Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Jon Ola Norbom
Preceded by
Annemarie Lorentzen
Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications
Succeeded by
Asbjørn Jordahl
Preceded by
Gunnar Alf Larsen
County Governor of Buskerud
Succeeded by
Leif Haraldseth