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Jon Ola Norbom

Jon Ola Hauger Norbom (born 15 December 1923 in Bærum), is a Norwegian economist and politician for the Liberal Party.

During World War II, in 1942, Norbom was imprisoned for a brief time at Grini concentration camp. Then, in November 1943, he was among the students who were arrested by the German occupying forces in Norway as part of a general imprisonment of all male, non-NS students at the University of Oslo. He was imprisoned in the German concentration camp Buchenwald.[1]

From 1950 to 1952 he was the leader of the Young Liberals of Norway, the youth wing of the Liberal Party. He was State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance from 1967 to 1969, during the cabinet Borten, and became Minister of the Finance in 1972–1973 during the cabinet Korvald. Norbom never held elected political office.[2]

He graduated as cand.oecon. from the University of Oslo in 1949, and studied international economics and European integration at the College of Europe in Bruges 1952-1953. He subsequently worked as a researcher with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the United Nations and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) during the 1950s and 1960s. He was director in the International Trade Centre Unctad/Gatt 1973-1984, the Permanent Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 1984-1993, and member of the United Nations Social Policy Committee 1987-1990.[2]


  1. ^ "Nordmenn i fangenskap 1940-1945" (Oslo, 2004)
  2. ^ a b "Jon Ola Norbom" (in Norwegian).  
Party political offices
Preceded by
Olaf Erling Kortner
Chairman of the Young Liberals of Norway
Succeeded by
Simen Skjønsberg
Political offices
Preceded by
Ragnar Christiansen
Minister of Finance (Norway)
Succeeded by
Per Kleppe

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