As a young woman Hanna Kristine Kvanmo had various occupations. She worked as a teacher in 1962-1973. In the period 1967-1975 she was actively engaged in local politics in Rana (a community in northern Norway). She was a member of the Storting in 1973-1989 and from 1977 was leader of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Left Party. Kvanmo became one of the most popular politicians in Norway, not only among the socialists.
Hanna Kvanmo has been a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990, and the committee’s deputy chairman from 1993 to 1998.
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, www.kunnskapsforlaget.no), Oslo 1999