Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide (Conservative Party)

Born: 1976

The Minister of Defence is responsible for the formation and implementation of Norwegian security and defence policy.



  • Graduate degree in Law (Cand. jur.) from The University of Tromsø (2007)


Political background:

Eriksen Søreide represents The Conservative Party (Høyre), and is elected to parliament from the constituency of Oslo. Her parliamentary experience includes:

  • 2009-2013 Chair, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, and Chair, Enlarged Foreign Affairs Committee
  • 2009-2013 Head of the Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament, and Head of the European Consultative Committee
  • 2005-2009 Chair, Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs
  • 2001-2005 Member, Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs


Political appointments in The Conservative Party (Høyre):

  • 2000- Member of the Conservative Party Central Executive Committee
  • 2000-2004 Chair, Young Conservatives in Norway
  • 1998-2000 First Vice Chair, Young Conservatives in Norway, 2000–2004 Chair
  • 1996-1998 Member, Central Executive Committee of the Young Conservatives in Norway