Norway: a special case in Europe

Thorbjorn Jagland, the President of the Storting, Norway’s Parliament

1950 - Born in Drammen, Norway
1975 - Graduates, University of Oslo
1975 - Member, Buskerud County Council
1981 - Project and planning officer, Labour Party
1982 - Secretary, Labour Party Committee on Disarmament
1986 - Chairman, Labour Party International Committee
1987 - Chairman, Socialist International Finance and Administration Committee
1992 - Chairman, Labour Party
1993 - Member, Storting for Buskerud county
1993 - Member, Norwegian delegation to the Nordic Council
1996 - Norwegian Prime Minister
1997 - Member, Norwegian delegation for relations with the European Parliament
2000 - Foreign Minister of Norway
2001 - Chairman, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Enlarged Foreign Affairs Committee
2001 - Chairman, EEA Consultative Committee
2001 - Member, Norwegian delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly
2005 - President of the Storting

Relations between Russia and Norway have been developing steadily for more than a decade, but recent difficulties over oil and gas as well as with polar explorations and other issues have complicated ties.  The guest to tell us more about future co-operation between the two countries is Thorbjorn Jagland, the President of the Norwegian Parliament