Hadia Tajik

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Person.png Hadia Tajik   TwitterRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born18 July 1983
Alma materStavanger University College, Kingston University, University of Oslo
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2016
PartyNorwegian Labour Party
"Crown princess of the Labour Party" supported by Gro Harlem Brundtland. Selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016.

Employment.png Norway/Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion

In office
14 October 2021 - Present
Appointed byJonas Gahr Støre

Employment.png Norway/Minister of Culture

In office
21 September 2012 - 16 October 2013
Appointed byJens Stoltenberg
Preceded byAnniken Huitfeldt

Employment.png Member of the Norwegian Parliament

In office
1 October 2017 - Present

Employment.png Norwegian Labour Party/Deputy Leader

In office
18 April 2015 - Present

Hadia Tajik is a Pakistani-Norwegian politician from the Labour Party. She was Minister of Culture from 2012 to 2013. She was 29 years of age at the time and became the youngest minister in the Norwegian government.[1] She is the first Muslim and Asian member of government. Tajik has been a Member of Parliament representing Oslo from 2009 to 2017 and Rogaland since 2017[2]

Tajik is an enthusiastic user of social media, and an avid supporter of E-books, and as a result she was often called Norway's "first digital Minister of Culture".[3]

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016. Tajik has been mentioned as the "crown princess of the Labour Party" as well as a political rising star, belonging to "a new generation" of young Labour Party politicians.[4] She has also been named as a possible future prime minister and leader of the Labour Party by Gro Harlem Brundtland[5][6] The predictions was partially fulfilled when Tajik was chosen as one of the two deputy leaders of the party at the national party congress in 2015.[7]

Early Life

Hadia Tajik was born on 18 July 1983[8] to Pakistani immigrants in the early 1970s.

She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Stavanger University College, after which she studied human rights at Kingston University in England from 2004 to 2005, earning a Masters degree. She subsequently enrolled in and studied law at the University of Oslo receiving her Master of Law degree in 2012.[9]


Tajik was active in politics from an early age, and was the leader of the Strand chapter of the Workers' Youth League (AUF) from 1999 to 2002, before becoming deputy leader of the Rogaland AUF from until 2003. She was an advisor for the Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion, Bjarne Håkon Hanssen, from 2006 to 2008.[10] In 2008 she temporarily held the position of advisor to the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Subsequently, from 2008 to 2009, she served as political advisor to the Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget.

On 14 September 2009, Tajik was elected Member of Parliament for the Norwegian Labour Party. Representing Oslo, she was listed as candidate number six on the Labour ticket, which was considered a safe seat.[11] During her tenure in parliament, she was a member of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs as well as the Election committee. She has been nominated in second spot on the Oslo Labour party ballot for the 2013 Norwegian parliamentary election.[12] After the 2013 parliamentary elections and the fall of the Labour-led government, Tajik retained her seat in the Storting from Oslo. She was subsequently named as leader of the Standing Committee on Justice, which is considered one of the most prestigious posts in the Storting.[13]

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