Olaf Kortner


Olaf Erling Kortner (10 May 1920 – 26 January 1998) was a Norwegian politician for the Liberal Party.

Olaf Kortner
Minister of Education and Church Affairs
In office
28 August 1963 – 25 September 1963
Prime MinisterJohn Lyng
Preceded byHelge Sivertsen
Succeeded byHelge Sivertsen
Deputy Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 October 1965 – 30 September 1973
Permanent representative for Helge Seip (12 October 1965 – 29 August 1970)
Leader of the Young Liberals
In office
Preceded byHelge Rognlien
Succeeded byJon Ola Norbom
Personal details
Olaf Erling Kortner

(1920-05-10)10 May 1920
Skien, Telemark, Norway
Died26 January 1998(1998-01-26) (aged 77)
Oslo, Norway
Political partyLiberal

He was born in Skien.

From 1948 to 1950 he was the leader of the Young Liberals of Norway, the youth wing of the Liberal Party.

He was a member of Strinda municipality council in the period 1951–1955. From August to September 1963 he served as the Minister of Education and Church Affairs during the short-lived centre-right cabinet of John Lyng.

He served in the position of deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Oslo during the terms 1965–1969 and 1969–1973. During parts of these terms, from 1965 to 1970, he met as a regular representative for Helge Seip while he was appointed to the cabinet Borten.

A cand.philol. by education (1948), he worked as a teacher in Strinda and Oslo from 1950 to 1970. From 1971 to 1990 he headed the school administration in Akershus.


  • "Olaf Kortner" (in Norwegian). Storting.

Party political offices
Preceded by Chairman of the Young Liberals of Norway
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Education and Church Affairs (Norway)
August 1963–September 1963
Succeeded by