Trygvie Lie

Country: Norway

Tenure: 1946-1952


Past Positions:

  • Mediator of the border dispute between Ethiopia and Italy, over the former Italian colony, Somalia (1959)
  • Chairman of Norway’s Board of Energy
  • Governor of Oslo and Akershus (1955)
  • UN Secretary-General (1946-1952) - elected the first Secretary-General of the United Nations (1 February 1946)
  • Chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in London (January 1946)
  • Chairman of Commission III for drafting the Security Council provisions of the Charter (1945)
  • Led the Norwegian delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco (April 1945)
  • Foreign Minister in the new Labor Party Government (October 1945)
  • Appointed Foreign Minister of the interim coalition cabinet (1945)
  • Elected a member of the Norwegian Parliament (1936 and was re-elected in 1945)
  • Foreign Minister of Norway (February 1941)
  • Acting Foreign Minister (December 1940)
  • Minister of Supply and Shipping (outbreak of WWII)
  • Minister of Trade and Industries (July to September 1939)
  • Minister of Justice the Labor Party Government formed by Johan Nygaardsvold (1935-1939)
  • National executive secretary of the Labor Party (1926)
  • Legal adviser to the Norwegian Trade Union Federation (1922-1935)
  • Assistant to the secretary of the Labor Party (1919-1922)
  • Member of the Norwegian Labor Party Youth Organization (1911)


  • Law Degree, Oslo University (1919)

General Information:

  • Trygvie Lie died on 30 December 1968 at the age of 72
  • Wrote In the Cause of Peace (1954)
  • Supported intervention of UN armed forces in the Korean War resulting in the eventual refusal of the Soviet Union to recognize him as Secretary-General
  • Supported the foundation of Israel and Indonesia