Wollert Konow (Prime Minister of Norway)

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Wollert Konow
Wollert Konow (SB).png
4th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
2 February 1910 – 20 February 1912
Monarch Haakon VII
Preceded by Gunnar Knudsen
Succeeded by Jens Bratlie
Personal details
Born 16 August 1845
Fana, Norway
Died 15 March 1924
Fana, Norway
Political party Liberal Left Party

Wollert Konow (16 August 1845, Fana – 15 March 1924,[1] Fana) was Prime Minister of Norway from 1910 to 1912.[2] In domestic policy, Konow's time as Prime Minister saw the extension (in 1911) of accident insurance to seamen.[3]


In 1842 his father, Wollert Konow, Ph.D. (1809–1881), who was a Norwegian writer and politician, had purchased the historic Stend Manor in Fana where Wollert Konow was born. Wollert Konow was a grandson of the famous Danish writer Adam Oehlenschlager. His mother was Marie Louise Oehlenschläger (1818–1910), daughter of Adam Oehlenschläger.[4]


Wollert Konow was mayor of Fana most of the time between 1880 and 1901, and was in 1877–1879 Deputy to the Parliament for Søndre Bergenhus. He was Minister of the Interior 1891–1893, Minister of Agriculture 1898–1902, and Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Auditing 1902–1903. He was Odelsting president 1884–1887 and President of the Storting in 1888 and again from 1897 to 1899. Konow was alternate member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, 1913 to 1922 and Member of the Committee from 1922 until he died in 1924.

He was a central board member of the Liberal Left Party from 1909 to 1912.[5]

"SB" is usually appended to Konow's name to differentiate him from his contemporary politician by the same name, Wollert Konow from Hedemarken. SB stands for "Søndre Bergenhus," the now-defunct constituency Konow represented in national politics.[6]


  1. Biografier – Samfunnsveven
  2. Wollert Konow, Statsminister 1910–1912
  3. Foundations of the Welfare State: 2nd Edition by Pat Thane, published 1996
  4. Stend(Hordaland Fylkeskommune)
  5. Carstens, Svein (1987). Det Frisinnede Venstre 1909–1927 (in Norwegian). Trondheim: University of Trondheim.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Wollert Konow (Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste AS)
Political offices
Preceded by
Gunnar Knudsen
Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by
Jens Bratlie