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Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry

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Who is Torbjørn Røe Isaksen?

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen is the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, a position he has held since January 2018. He is a Norwegian politician, MP for the Conservative Party and served as the Minister of Education and Research from 2013.

Isaksen edited the newspaper Xtra, published by the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party from 2002 to 2004, and he was the leader of the Young Conservatives from 2004 to 2008. Prior to entering politics full-time, Isaksen worked as a freelance journalist and was the political editor in the Gazette Minerva. Isaksen holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Oslo. His master's thesis was on Friedrich Hayek. In 2008 he published the book The Right Turn. For a New Conservatism, which was printed in three editions.

He served as a deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Telemark county during the 2005–2009 term. In the 2009 election he was the top candidate for the Telemark Conservatives and was elected to the Parliament for the first time.

In 2007 he was named Norway's most talented young politician by VG, the most read online newspaper in Norway.