Minister of Local Government and Regional Development Bjørn Arild Gram (Centre Party)

Address Akersgata 59, 0032 Oslo

Appointed: 14/10/2021

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development is responsible for managing administrative policy, local government finances, local government and conduction of elections, housing and building policy, coordination of the Government's work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, national mapping and geodata policy, government employer policy, state building and property management, administrative responsibility for county governors, contact with the Royal Family, management of regional and rural policy, IT policy, electronic communication, privacy protection, policy towards Sami and national minorities, as well as administrative responsibility for the Ministry.

Bjørn Arild Gram (Centre Party) became Minister of Local Government and Regional Development on 14 October 2021.

Prior to that, he was chair of the board of the Norwegian Association of Local & Regional Authorities (KS) from February 2020 to October 2021.

Gram served as mayor of Steinkjer Municipality from 2007 to 2020, and has been deputy chair of KS's Executive Board since 2012. He holds a master's degree in economics and business administration and has also studied history, economics, management and administration.

Bjørn Arild Gram headed a department at Telenor Mobil from 2000 to 2004. He was also state secretary in the Ministry of Finance from 2005 to 2007, political adviser in the Storting and political secretary to County Council Chair Kolbjørn Almlid. 

He served on the board of Nord-Trøndelag Hospital Trust from 2012 to 2020 and is an attending deputy member of the board of the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway.

Gram was county leader of the Centre Party in Nord-Trøndelag from 2004 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2012.

He was a county council representative in Nord-Trøndelag County Authority from 1995 to 2019.