Former Finance Minister passes

Labor’s (Ap) Ulf Sand died Monday, Dec. 29, aged 76

Michael Sandelson
The Foreigner

The Leftist politician, who was born in eastern Norway’s Bærum municipality in 1938, served as Minister of Finance under two Labor Prime Ministers between 1979 and 1981.

His first one and half years were as part of Odvar Nordli’s Cabinet, which lasted some five years from 1976.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway’s first female Prime Minister, succeeded Nordli in February 1981, serving until October that year.

Other posts Ulf Sand held included Deputy Minister of Pay and Prices from 1971-2—when the Ministry was dissolved—and two periods as Deputy Minister of Government Administration and Consumer Affairs (dissolved 1990) in 1972, as well as between 1973 and 1977.

He retired from his post as advisor at the then Ministry of Local Government and Labor in 2003.

The late Sand passed away at Bærum Hospital, located in Akershus County.

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It also appeared in the Jan. 9, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly.

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