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  Prime Minister Erna Solberg

She is leading a minority government with the Progress Party (FrP). Erna Solberg is married to Sindre Finnes with whom she has two children.

Political career

Erna Solberg has been leader of the Conservative Party since 2004. After a centre-right coalition won a majority in the 2013 parliamentary election, she is expected to take office as Prime Minister of Norway on 16 October 2013.

She has served as a member of the Storting since 1989 and served as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Bondevik"s Second Cabinet from 2001 to 2005. After winning the elections, she will be the second female Prime Minister of Norway after Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Erna Solberg was born in Bergen and grew up in the affluent Kalfaret neighbourhood. Her father, Asbjørn Solberg (1925 – 89), worked as an consultant in the Bergen Sporvei and her mother, Inger Wenche Torgersen (1926–), was an office-worker. Solberg has two sisters.

Erna Solberg had some struggles at school, which were clarified, at the age 16, with the diagnosis of dyslexia. She was, nevertheless, an active and talkative contributor in the classroom.As a high-school student, she was elected to the board of the School Student Union of Norway, in 1979, and in the same year she led the national charity event Operasjon Dagsverk, in which students collected money for Jamaica.

In 1986, Erna Solberg graduated with her cand.mag. degree in sociology, political science, statistics and economics from the University of Bergen. In her final year, she also led the Students" League of the Conservative Party in Bergen.

Erna Solberg was a deputy member of Bergen city council in the periods 1979–1983 and 1987–1989, the last period on the executive committee. She chaired local and municipal chapters of the Young Conservatives and the Conservative Party.

Erna Solberg was first elected to the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) from Hordaland in 1989 and has been re-elected on five occasions. She was also the leader of the national Conservative Women"s Association, from 1994 to 1998.