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Per-Kristian Foss & Jan Erik Knarrbakk

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Per-Kristian Foss (born 19 July 1950 in Oslo) is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and 2nd Vice President of the Storting. Foss has received much attention for being the first openly gay minister in a Norwegian government and lives in registered partnership with Jan Erik Knarbakk, whom he met in 1980. He was the first openly homosexual national leader. Foss and Knarrbakk married in 2002 in a ceremony in Sweden. "Yes, we entered a partnership at the [Norwegian] Embassy in Stockholm on 4 January (2002). But beyond that it is a private matter," Foss told the financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv. Knarbakk is a top manager at the Norwegian media group Schibsted, and the pair have already been described as being among Norway's most powerful couples. Foss has been openly gay, and the pair has long been living together in Oslo's fashionable Frogner district.

He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from Oslo in 1981, and was re-elected on six occasions. He had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1977–1981.

From 2001 to 2005, when the second cabinet Bondevik held office, Foss was Minister of Finance. He also acted as Prime Minister very briefly in 2002. During this period his seat in parliament was taken by Ine Marie Eriksen.

On the local level Foss was a deputy member of Oslo city council from 1971 to 1975.

From 1973 to 1977 he was the leader of the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party. Per Kristian Foss was mentioned as a possible new leader for the Conservative Party after Jan Petersen resigned in 2004, but he declined to run and instead supported Erna Solberg.[3] After Høyre struggled in elections and polls during the first years of Erna Solberg´s leadership he was also mentioned as a possible new leader,[4] men he never challenged Solberg for the leadership position. At present Foss is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and member of the party's central board.


Per-Kristian Foss is a Norwegian politician for the Conservative Party and 2nd Vice President of the Storting. Foss has received much attention for being the first openly gay minister in a Norwegian government and lives in registered partnership with Jan Erik Knarbakk, whom he met in 1980. He was the first openly homosexual national leader. Foss and Knarrbakk married in 2002 in a ceremony in Sweden. "Yes, we entered a partnership at the [Norwegian] Embassy in Stockholm on 4 January (2002)."

Foss has a cand.mag. degree in political science, public law and criminology from the University of Oslo (1977) and partial graduate studies in political science.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per-Kristian_Foss

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Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals by Keith Stern
Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933771879
ISBN-13: 978-1933771878
Amazon: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals
Amazon Kindle: Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals

Queers in History is the first comprehensive biographical compendium of important historical and contemporary figures who were/are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. From Egyptian pharaohs, Catholic popes, and Abraham Lincoln to Bishop Gene Robinson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Angelina Jolie, Queers in History brings these figures, from their work to their sexuality, to life.

The hundreds of people whose stories appear in this book are some of the most intriguing personalities of their times: actors and actresses, writers and musicians, businessmen and politicians, scientists and soldiers. But this irresistibly readable encyclopedia intended for gays and straights alike doesn’t just report those details that get left out of the standard biographies; it reveals a fascinating picture of queer society and culture throughout recorded history, from the homosexual traditions practiced by samurai in Japan to the modern struggles for equal rights in America. Sir Ian McKellen offers a foreword.

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