Gunnar Johan Stålsett

Short biography

Stålsett, Gunnar Johan

1935 –

Center party

Gunnar Johan Stålsett graduated in Theology in 1961. He taught at the Missionary School in the City of Stavanger in 1964-1969. From 1969 until 1977 he was Secretary General of Mellomkirkelig Råd, the Church of Norway’s council on Ecumenical and International Relations.

Stålsett was State Secretary in the ministry of Church Affairs and Education 1972-1973. In 1977 he was elected chairman of the Center Party and held that position until 1979. He was Secretary General of the Lutheran World Federation in 1985-1994. Subsequently, he was Rector of the Seminar of Practical Theology at the University of Oslo until he became Bishop of Oslo in 1998.

Gunnar Stålsett was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee 1985-1990 and again served in the committee from 1994.

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The biographical sketches of the Norwegian Nobel Committee members were written by Sølvi Glendrange and edited by Øyvind Tønnesson. They are based on the following sources:
– Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (Norwegian Biographical Encyclopaedia), Oslo 1923-1983
– Hvem er Hvem? (The Norwegian “Who’s Who”), several editions
– Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store Norske Leksikon (The Norwegian National Encyclopaedia), Kunnskapsforlaget, 2nd and 3rd edition, Oslo 1989/1995-1999
– Kunnskapsforlagets Nettleksikon (the Web Encyclopedia of Kunnskapsforlaget,, Oslo 1999