Norway’s new defence minister, Frank Bakke-Jensen, appointed on 19 October, represents Finnmark, the country’s northernmost county. Previously, he was minister responsible for the European Economic Area and EU affairs at the Foreign Ministry.
He was raised in Båtsfjord, near the Russian border, where he was mayor before entering national politics in 2009, since when he has also been a member of the international Standing Committee of Arctic Parliamentarians and has visited Russia.
He served as a conscript in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1990–92, then the Heimevernet (Homeguard), taking a master's degree at the national defence college.
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