Erna Solberg was born 24 February 1961.
Solberg was born in Bergen in western Norway and grew up in the affluent Kalfaret neighbourhood. Her father, Asbjørn Solberg (1925–1989), worked as a consultant in the Bergen Sporvei, and her mother, Inger Wenche Torgersen (1926–2016), was an office worker. Solberg has two sisters, one older than her and one younger.
Solberg had some struggles at school and at the age of 16 was diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia. She was, nevertheless, an active and talkative contributor in the classroom. In her final year as a high-school student in 1979, she was elected to the board of the School Student Union of Norway, and in the same year led the national charity event Operasjon Dagsverk, in which students collected money for Jamaica.
In 1986, she graduated with her cand.mag. degree (equivalent to master’s degree) in sociology, political science, statistic sand economics from the University of Bergen. In her final year, she also led the Students’ League of the Conservative Party in Bergen.
Since 1996 she has been married to Sindre Finnes, a businessman and former Conservative Party politician, with whom she has two children. The family has lived in both Bergen and Oslo.
Hoạt động và sự nghiệp
- Dubbed Norway’s Angela Merkel, Solberg was elected to a second term in 2017 after steering the country through an oil crisis, avoiding a recession.
- She has melded a conservative fiscal stance with a humanistic point of view that also emphasizes people’s needs.
- Recently she tightened her grip on her conservative party seat when the Christian Democrats, a small minority party, voted not to back the opposition.
- A frequent voice for women’s rights, she pledged to increase Norway’s support for women’s reproductive health rights by NOK 700 million by 2020.
- However, she subsequently stirred country-wide demonstrations by expressing a willingness to discuss stricter abortion laws.