Jan P. Syse

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Person.png Jan P. Syse  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born25 November 1930
Nøtterøy, Vestfold, Norway
Died17 September 1997 (Age 66)
Uranienborg, Oslo, Norway
Cause of death
cerebral hemorrhage
Alma materUniversity of Oslo
Children • Christian Syse
• Henrik Syse
Member ofUS/Department/State/International Visitor Leadership Program
PartyConservative Party (Norway)
Norwegian Prime Minister 1989-1990

Employment.png Prime Minister of Norway Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
16 October 1989 - 3 November 1990
Preceded byGro Harlem Brundtland
Succeeded byGro Harlem Brundtland

Employment.png President of the Nordic Council

In office
1 January 1993 - 31 December 1993

Employment.png President of the Nordic Council

In office
1 January 1988 - 31 December 1988

Employment.png Norway/Minister/Trade and Energy

In office
16 September 1983 - 4 October 1985

Employment.png Member of the Storting

In office
1 October 1973 - 17 September 1997

Jan Peder Syse was a Norwegian lawyer and politician from the Conservative Party. He was the 31st prime minister of Norway from 1989 to 1990. He was also the minister of Industry from 1983 to 1985. Syse was the president of the Lagting 1993–1997. Syse was the president of the Nordic Council in 1988 and 1993. He served in the Norwegian parliament for over 25 years until his sudden death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1997.[1][2]


In a 1994 interview with VG, Syse told how he "discovered evidence of eavesdropping on his home phone at the end of his prime ministerial term. ... People who called him experienced having the last part of the call played back after Syse had hung up...Syse has never wanted to make a fuss of the experiences he had with his private phone as prime minister. But privately, Syse has expressed fear that he was bugged. The strange phone experiences upset both co-workers, party members and friends. Besides the fact that parts of the phone calls were replayed to people on the other end of the line, there were noises and abnormal sounds in Syse's private phone. Syse's private phone behaved so strangely that Syse eventually changed both the phone and the phone number." The story was dismissed to the newspaper by "persons with expertise in intelligence and surveillance issues".[3]

However, the technical limitations of room surveillance in the era meant that there was a risk of discovery, by the conservation being played back for technical reasons.[4] The eavesdroppers were likely the deep state Alfa or the Norwegian Intelligence Service.

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