|Born:||February 24, 1961 (age 58)|
|Career:||Prime minister of Norway, 2013-present|
Leader of the Conservative Party, 2004-present
Minister of local government and regional development, 2001-2005
Member of Norwegian Parliament, 1989-present
|Education:||M.A., University of Bergen|
Erna Solberg has served as prime minister of Norway since October 16, 2013, the second female to hold that position.
Solberg was born February 24, 1961. In her final year in high school, she was elected to the board of the School Student Union of Norway, and in her final year in college, she led the Students' League of the Conservative Party in Bergen. She graduated in 1986 with a cand.mag (Master of Arts) degree in sociology, political science, statistics and economics from the University of Bergen.
Solberg began her political career as a deputy member of Bergen city council, from 1979 to 1983 and 1987 to 1989. She also chaired local and municipal chapters of the Young Conservatives and the Conservative Party. She was first elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1989 and has been re-elected five times. Solberg served as the minister of local government and regional development from 2001 to 2005. She served as deputy leader of the Conservative Party from 2002 to 2004, becoming the party leader in 2004.