Nygaardsvold grew up as the son of a forest farmer. As a teenager he worked in sawmills , brickworks and on farms. This experience was a great advantage for his later work as Minister of Agriculture.
In 1928 he became Minister of Agriculture.
On March 20, 1935 he took over the office of Minister of State (Prime Minister) of Norway. On April 9, 1940, Norway was occupied by the German Reich as part of Operation Weser Exercise . Johan Nygaardsvold fled with the government first to Hamar and Elverum and then from May 5th to Great Britain . During the Second World War he was Prime Minister of the government in exile in London . From 1942, Vidkun Quisling , leader of the "Norwegian National Association", served as Prime Minister in Norway.
The government-in-exile under Prime Minister Johan Nygaardsvold returned to Norway on May 31, 1945. On June 26, 1945 he made this office available, but remained a member of parliament.
Johan Ludwig Mowinckel
Prime Minister of Norway
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Norwegian social democratic politician, member of the Storting|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 6, 1879|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hommelvik|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 13, 1952|
|Place of death||Trondheim|