Norway opens $1B carbon capture project

MONGSTAD, Norway, May 9 (UPI) -- Norway this week opened a $1 billion carbon capture and storage demonstration facility in hopes of advancing the greenhouse gas-reducing technology.
Syria's Assad says victory is close

Syria's Assad says victory is close

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Victory is near and Syria will emerge triumphant "when we defeat the arm of terrorism," Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday.

Anniversy of south pole feat celebrated

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Norway's prime minister observed the 100th anniversary of explorer Roald Amundsen's expedition to the south pole with a ceremony at the pole.
Obama thanks Norway for Gadhafi help

Obama thanks Norway for Gadhafi help

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday Norway deserved credit for its role as a member of NATO in the downfall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Obama's schedule for Thursday, Oct. 20

Obama's schedule for Thursday, Oct. 20

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama welcomes medal winners and the Norwegian prime minister Thursday, the White House said.
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Reports: More suspects in Norway?

OSLO, Norway, July 23 (UPI) -- Police are looking into whether more than one person was involved in Friday's terror attacks that left at least 92 dead in Norway, officials said Saturday.
At least 80 dead in shooting, suspect held

At least 80 dead in shooting, suspect held

OSLO, Norway, July 22 (UPI) -- A suspect was being held in two explosions at a Norwegian government complex in Oslo and a shooting at a youth camp that left at least 80 dead, police said.

Norway's PM co-chair of climate group

UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (UPI) -- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg accepted the nomination to help lead a U.N.-backed panel on climate change, the U.N. secretary-general said.

PM uses iPad to run country from airport

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, stranded at an airport in New York, discovered a use for his new iPad -- governing Norway.
Obama, Stoltenberg discuss climate change

Obama, Stoltenberg discuss climate change

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Climate change initiatives and Afghanistan involvement were discussed Thursday by U.S. President Barack Obama and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
Norway leaves leftist coalition in power

Norway leaves leftist coalition in power

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Norwegian voters returned their Labor-dominated leftist government to office, election returns indicate.
Norway PM pushes tougher refugee laws

Norway PM pushes tougher refugee laws

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says he wants to put the brakes on a rising tide of refugees entering the country by making it harder to win asylum.

EU to open seed vault in Norway

OSLO, Norway, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- European officials plan to head to Norway for the official opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed as a safety net for the world's crop diversity.

Russia-EU energy fight thaws

MOSCOW, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Russia-EU energy relations saw a sudden warming last week, as both Russia and the EU made clear that they were ready to make mutual concessions.
OLEG MITYAYEV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Norwegian queen turns 70

STAVANGER, Norway, July 4 (UPI) -- A birthday celebration for Queen Sonja of Norway began Wednesday with a public reception in the west coast city of Stavanger.
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Jens Stoltenberg
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shakes hands with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at a joint press conference at Olmert's Residence in Jerusalem on December 20, 2006. (UPI Photo/David Blumenfeld/POOL)

 Jens Stoltenberg (help·info) (born 16 March 1959) is a Norwegian politician, leader of the Norwegian Labour Party and the current Prime Minister of Norway. Having assumed office on 17 October 2005, Stoltenberg previously served as Prime Minister from 2000 to 2001.

Having first been elected to Parliament in 1993 for the Oslo constituency, Stoltenberg served as State Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment from 1990 to 1991 and as Minister of Industry from 1993 to 1996 in the Third Brundtland Cabinet, respectively. Following the resignation of Brundtland in 1996, Thorbjørn Jagland was elected leader of the Labour Party and became Prime Minister, while Stoltenberg was appointed Minister of Finance, an office he held until 17 October 1997 when Jagland and the entire government resigned. While in parliamentary opposition, Stoltenberg served in the standing committees on energy affairs. Following a motion of confidence against the First Cabinet Bondevik, Stoltenberg was appointed Prime Minister on 3 March 2000, despite being deputy leader of the party, and not the party leader.

After poor results in the 2001 parliamentary election, and the subsequent fall of his government on 19 October of that same year, Stoltenberg successfully challenged Thorbjørn Jagland for the party leadership in 2002, and led the party to victory in the 2005 election by forming a Red-Green coalition government with the Centre Party (Sp) and the Socialist Left Party (SV). He was re-elected in 2009 for another term as Prime Minister of Norway.

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