Former Minister of Culture and Equality Trine Skei Grande (Liberal Party)

Photo of Minister of Culture Trine Skei Grande

Born: 1969
Appointed: 17/01/2018
Left: 24/01/2020

The Minister of Culture and Equality is responsible for cultural policy, equality- and discrimination policy, media policy, sports policy, gaming and lottery regulation, and the coordination of government policy relating to the voluntary sector.

Trine Skei Grande was appointed Minister of Culture on 17 January 2018. New title from 22 January 2019 is Minister of Culture and Equality.

Born 2 October 1969 in Overhalla, Trøndelag County.

Periods of office in the Storting

Deputy member for Oslo County, 2001–2005 (Liberal Party)
Multiple periods as member of the Storting for Oslo County from 2005 to 2021 (Liberal Party)

Membership of Storting committees

2001–2021 Member of a variety of Storting standing committees

Education and professional experience


Economics, one-year foundation-level subject at the University of Trondheim 1989
Political science, intermediate level subject at the University of Oslo 1990–1991
History, one-year foundation-level subject at the University of Oslo 1991–1992

Professional experience

Freelance journalist at Namdal Arbeiderblad 1984–1988
Teacher at Hunn Primary School 1989 (2 months)
Various positions in the Liberal Party 1989–1990
Teacher, Levanger Upper Secondary School 1992–1994
Lecturer, social care subjects at the Levanger University College 1993
Information officer, National Union of Students 1994–1995
Secretary-General, association of young farmers 1995–1997
Secretary-General, Norwegian Children and Youth Council 1997–1999

Medals and distinctions, etc.

The Royal Norwegian Society for Development’s Medal of Merit, Silver, 1995 (for work dedicated to promoting children and young people)


Municipal politics

Deputy member of Overhalla Municipal Council; deputy member and member of the Oslo City Parliament

County-level politics

Member of the Nord-Trøndelag County Council and County Committee

Public appointments

Member of the County Education Committee, Nord-Trøndelag 1991–1994
Deputy member of the Finance Committee, Oslo 1995–1997
Member of the Oslo County Committee of Agriculture, 1995–2001
Observer at the UN’s General Assembly, New York 1996
Member, Contact Committee for Immigrants and Authorities, 1996–2002
Member, Committee for Transport and Environmental Affairs, Oslo 1997–1999
Deputy Member for the Nordic Youth Committee 1997–1999
Member of the Programme Board for the research programme “Sports, society and voluntary organisations” 1998–2001
Member of the council overseeing the research Project “Power and Democracy” 1998–2003
Chair, Committee for Education and Cultural Affairs, Oslo 1999–2000
Deputy member, Council for Crime Prevention 1999–2000
Council member, Education and Cultural Affairs in the joint conservative city government 2001–2002
Member of the Commission on Regional Policy 2003–2005

Party positions

Leader, Young Liberals of Norway – Nord-Trøndelag County 1987–1989
Member of the Executive Committee, the Liberal Party – Nord-Trøndelag County 1987–1990
Member of the Central Executive Committee of Young Liberals of Norway 1989–1991
Member of the Central Executive Committee of the Liberal Party, 1990–2000, first deputy leader 2000–2010, leader since 2010
Member of Young Liberals of Norway’s international committee 1990–1992
Leader of Norway’s liberal women’s association 1990–1992
Member, Nordic Council, 1991–1994 (youth delegate for NLRU – the Liberal and Radical Youth Association of the Nordic Countries)
Vice-president, the Liberal and Radical Youth Association of the Nordic Countries 1991–1993
Leader, Young Liberals of Norway election campaign committee 1991
Member of the Liberal Party’s National Executive Committee 1994
Deputy leader, Oslo Liberal Party 1995–1996, leader 1997–2000
Chairperson, committee of the Oslo Liberal Party 1996–1997

Positions in organisations

Deputy leader and leader of Nord-Trøndelag 4H
Deputy leader, Norwegian 4H

Other administrative positions

Chairperson, board of directors of Oslo Konserthus AS 2008–2010
Chairperson, board of directors of Oslo Kino AS 2008–2010