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Vesla Vetlesen

Gunvor "Vesla" Vetlesen, née Hansen (born 19 October 1930) is a Norwegian weaver, trade unionist, writer and politician for the Labour Party. She was Minister of International Development from 1986 to 1988.

Vesla Vetlesen
Minister of International Development
In office
9 May 1986 – 13 June 1988
Prime MinisterGro Harlem Brundtland
Preceded byReidun Brusletten
Succeeded byKirsti Kolle Grøndahl
Personal details
Born
Gunvor Hansen
(1930-10-19)19 October 1930 (age 91)
Farsund, West Agder, Norway
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Leif Vetlesen(1951–2003, his death)

She was born in Farsund as a daughter of Peder Håkon Jarl Hansen (1890–1986) and Sigrid Berger (1898–1994). The family moved to Stavanger in 1937. For a period during the German Occupation of Norway the family's home at Storhaug was the location for production of the illegal newspapers Stritt folk and Frihet. Her father was later imprisoned and sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, while her brother Johan was sent to NN camps. Her brother Helge was the joint leader of a group of saboteurs in the Stavanger district during the war. She finished her secondary education in 1949 and studied textile design at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry from 1950 to 1954. In 1951 she became the second wife of Leif Vetlesen (1921–2003). She was a communist during her early life, chairing the regional chapter of the Young Communist League of Norway in Rogaland from 1948 to 1949, when she was expelled from the Communist Party. After the Soviet invasion of Hungary she renounced Communism and joined the Norwegian Labour Party together with her husband.

Vetlesen worked as a weaver from 1951, and left Norway to teach weaving in Uganda in 1968, where her husband worked for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. After some years in Uganda, they returned to Norway. Vesla Vetlesen was a journalist for the European Movement for one year before working in Arbeidernes Opplysningsforbund. She then worked as a secretary for humanitarian organizations; Save the Children from 1973 to 1975 and Norwegian People's Aid from 1975 to 1980, before working in the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions from 1980 to 1986 and 1988 to 1994. From 1986 to 1988 she served as Norway's Minister of Development Cooperation in Brundtland's Second Cabinet. Her only elected political position was as borough council member in Vestli from 1973 to 1977.

Vetlesen was a board member of the United Nations Association of Norway from 1982 to 1984, and chaired the European Movement in Oslo from 2000 to 2001. She wrote several books. She was also interested in flowers in her later life, chairing the Norwegian Orchid Society from 1989 to 1998.

  1. "Gro Harlem Brundtland's Second Government". Government.no. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved23 March 2012.
  2. "Vetlesen, Vesla" (in Norwegian). Parliament of Norway. Retrieved8 May 2010.
  3. Vetlesen, Vesla (2008). Kommunist og sabotør. Helge Hansens krig (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. ISBN 978-82-03-29143-2.
  4. Stahl, Knut (1962). Motstandskampen 1940-1945 (in Norwegian). Stavanger: Stabenfeldt forlag. pp. 70–72.
  5. Børre R. Giertsen, ed. (1946). "5976. Hansen, Peder". Norsk fangeleksikon. Grinifangene (in Norwegian). Oslo: Cappelen. p. 217.
  6. Børre R. Giertsen, ed. (1946). "4306. Hansen, Johan Bernhard". Norsk fangeleksikon. Grinifangene (in Norwegian). Oslo: Cappelen. p. 157.
  7. Schanche, Gerd (1979). Stritt folk. Det illegale Sandnes 1940-1945 (in Norwegian). Stavanger: Dreyer Bok. pp. 234–242. ISBN 82-7096-070-5.
  8. Hjeltnes, Guri. "Leif Vetlesen". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved8 May 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Development Cooperation
1986–1988
Succeeded by

Vesla Vetlesen
Vesla Vetlesen Language Watch Edit Gunvor Vesla Vetlesen nee Hansen born 19 October 1930 is a Norwegian weaver trade unionist writer and politician for the Labour Party She was Minister of International Development from 1986 to 1988 1 Vesla VetlesenMinister of International DevelopmentIn office 9 May 1986 13 June 1988Prime MinisterGro Harlem BrundtlandPreceded byReidun BruslettenSucceeded byKirsti Kolle GrondahlPersonal detailsBornGunvor Hansen 1930 10 19 19 October 1930 age 91 Farsund West Agder NorwayPolitical partyLabourSpouse s Leif Vetlesen 1951 2003 his death She was born in Farsund as a daughter of Peder Hakon Jarl Hansen 1890 1986 and Sigrid Berger 1898 1994 2 The family moved to Stavanger in 1937 3 For a period during the German Occupation of Norway the family s home at Storhaug was the location for production of the illegal newspapers Stritt folk and Frihet 4 Her father was later imprisoned and sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp 5 while her brother Johan was sent to NN camps 6 Her brother Helge was the joint leader of a group of saboteurs in the Stavanger district during the war 3 7 She finished her secondary education in 1949 and studied textile design at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry from 1950 to 1954 2 In 1951 she became the second wife of Leif Vetlesen 1921 2003 8 She was a communist during her early life chairing the regional chapter of the Young Communist League of Norway in Rogaland from 1948 to 1949 2 when she was expelled from the Communist Party 3 After the Soviet invasion of Hungary she renounced Communism and joined the Norwegian Labour Party together with her husband 8 Vetlesen worked as a weaver from 1951 and left Norway to teach weaving in Uganda in 1968 2 where her husband worked for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation 8 After some years in Uganda they returned to Norway Vesla Vetlesen was a journalist for the European Movement for one year before working in Arbeidernes Opplysningsforbund She then worked as a secretary for humanitarian organizations Save the Children from 1973 to 1975 and Norwegian People s Aid from 1975 to 1980 before working in the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions from 1980 to 1986 and 1988 to 1994 From 1986 to 1988 she served as Norway s Minister of Development Cooperation in Brundtland s Second Cabinet Her only elected political position was as borough council member in Vestli from 1973 to 1977 2 Vetlesen was a board member of the United Nations Association of Norway from 1982 to 1984 and chaired the European Movement in Oslo from 2000 to 2001 She wrote several books She was also interested in flowers in her later life chairing the Norwegian Orchid Society from 1989 to 1998 2 References Edit Gro Harlem Brundtland s Second Government Government no Archived from the original on 23 March 2012 Retrieved 23 March 2012 a b c d e f Vetlesen Vesla in Norwegian Parliament of Norway Retrieved 8 May 2010 a b c Vetlesen Vesla 2008 Kommunist og sabotor Helge Hansens krig in Norwegian Oslo Aschehoug ISBN 978 82 03 29143 2 Stahl Knut 1962 Motstandskampen 1940 1945 in Norwegian Stavanger Stabenfeldt forlag pp 70 72 Borre R Giertsen ed 1946 5976 Hansen Peder Norsk fangeleksikon Grinifangene in Norwegian Oslo Cappelen p 217 Borre R Giertsen ed 1946 4306 Hansen Johan Bernhard Norsk fangeleksikon Grinifangene in Norwegian Oslo Cappelen p 157 Schanche Gerd 1979 Stritt folk Det illegale Sandnes 1940 1945 in Norwegian Stavanger Dreyer Bok pp 234 242 ISBN 82 7096 070 5 a b c Hjeltnes Guri Leif Vetlesen In Helle Knut ed Norsk biografisk leksikon in Norwegian Oslo Kunnskapsforlaget Retrieved 8 May 2010 Political officesPreceded by Reidun Brusletten Minister of Development Cooperation 1986 1988 Succeeded by Kirsti Kolle Grondahl Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vesla Vetlesen amp oldid 1015679393, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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