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Bjørn Magnus Berge (born 17 December 1963 in Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a Norwegian diplomat, author and international civil servant.[1] He is currently Director General and Secretary to the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France . [2]

The Council of Europe (including the European Court of Human Rights) is an international organisation that promotes and defends human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. [3] The organisation was established in 1949. Today, it has 47 member States. [4]

Berge has written and published several books, in particular about political speeches and speech-writing - including “Talens Makt – Maktens Taler” (Cappelen Damm forlag, Oslo, Norway, 2013) [5] and “Talens Makt – Historiens Mest Berømte Taler” (Cappelen Damm forlag, Oslo, Norway, 2016), [6] as well as a book analysing the Norwegian Prime Minister’s New Year Speeches over the last 70 years, with relevant comments and interviews (Cappelen Damm forlag, Oslo, Norway, 2016). [7]

Most recently he has published the first volume of a collection of speeches by His Majesty King The King of Norway, 1933-1990 (“Kongens taler” – Cappelen Damm forlag, 2019) . [8] He is also the co-editor of a book on the relations between Sweden and Norway (“Skandinaviske veivalg – det framtidige norsk-svenske samarbeidet,” Atlantis Bokförlag, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008) [9] In 2005 Berge published a book on the Biafra-conflict in Nigeria in 1968-70 (“Biafra, da Norge våknet”, Press forlag, Oslo, Norway). [10]

Berge has a B.A. (1986) from Concordia College, Minnesota, and M.A. (1990) in International relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C , [11] as well as a certificate in Chinese Language and Culture Studies (1987) from Chengdu University of Science and Technology (CUST), Sichuan, PRC . [12]

Berge has been the speech-writer for three Norwegian Foreign Ministers, as well as the Deputy Director of the Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002). [13] In 1985, he worked as an intern for Senator Gary Hart in Washington D.C., USA. He started his career in the Norwegian Foreign Service (“Aspirantkurset”) in 1990. He has had two bilateral diplomatic postings to respectively Malaysia (1992-1995) and Sweden (2004-2008). In addition, he worked five years - including three years in Vienna, Austria, at the Norwegian permanent delegation - on human rights issues within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). During the Norwegian Chairman-in-office of the OSCE in 1999 - under Foreign Minister Knut Wollebæk - he served at the coordinating Chairmanship-Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo . [14]

During the centennial celebrations in 2005 of the peaceful resolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905 (“Hundreårsmarkeringen”), Berge had a special coordinating role at the Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm, in relation to the many Norwegian projects and programs that took place that year. Berge is the recipient of the Royal Swedish Order; The Order of the Polar Star (2008).

Berge has also served as an adviser in the International Department at the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway (SMK), Oslo, during the years 2002-2004.

In 2008-2009 he was appointed Ambassador / Campaign Manager for the official Norwegian candidate to the post as Secretary General in the Council of Europe; Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, a former Norwegian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. After the successful election of Mr Jagland, Berge served for over seven years (2009-2017) as Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General in the Council of Europe .[15]


  • Biafra: da Norge våknet : Elias Berge og Kirkens Nødhjelp (Forlaget Press 2005)[16]
  • Skandinaviska vägval: det framtida norsk-svenska samarbetet. Editor with Anders Björnsson (Atlantis, 2008)[17]
  • Talens makt - maktens taler (Cappelen Damm, 2013)[18]
  • Statsministerens nyttårstaler gjennom 70 år. Collected and commented in cooperation with Statsministerens kontor. (Cappelen Damm, 2016)[19]
  • Kongens taler. Bind I : 1933-1990. Collected and commented by King Harald V. (Cappelen Damm, 2019)[20]


  1. ^ Jon Bech (3 January 2018). "Bjørn Magnus Berge". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ https://www.coe.int/en/web/cm/seccm
  3. ^ https://echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home
  4. ^ https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/home
  5. ^ https://www.cappelendamm.no/_talens-makt-maktens-taler-bjorn-magnus-berge-9788202410285
  6. ^ https://www.cappelendamm.no/_talens-makt-bjorn-magnus-berge-9788202509606
  7. ^ https://www.cappelendamm.no/_statsministerens-nyttarstaler-gjennom-70-ar-bjorn-magnus-berge-9788202517441
  8. ^ https://www.cappelendamm.no/_kongens-taler-bjorn-magnus-berge-9788202605582
  9. ^ http://www.atlantisbok.se/7341.Bok-
  10. ^ https://www.tanum.no/_biafra---da-norge-vaknet-bjorn-magnus-berge-9788275472074
  11. ^ https://www.sais-jhu.edu/graduate-studies/campuses/washington-dc#washington-campus
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengdu_University_of_Science_and_Technology
  13. ^ https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/ud/organisation/departments/secretariat-minister-foreign-aff/id1509/
  14. ^ https://www.osce.org/cio/1843
  15. ^ https://www.coe.int/en/web/secretary-general/private-office
  16. ^ Berge, Bjørn Magnus (2005). Biafra: da Norge våknet : Elias Berge og Kirkens Nødhjelp. Oslo: Forl. Press. ISBN 9788275472074.
  17. ^ Berge, Bjørn Magnus; Björnsson, Anders, eds. (2008). Skandinaviska vägval: det framtida norsk-svenska samarbetet. Stockholm: Atlantis. ISBN 9789173532211.
  18. ^ Berge, Bjørn Magnus (2013). Talens makt - maktens taler. Oslo: Cappelen Damm. ISBN 9788202410285.
  19. ^ Berge, Bjørn Magnus (2016). Statsministerens nyttårstaler gjennom 70 år. Oslo: Cappelen Damm. ISBN 978-82-02-51744-1.
  20. ^ Berge, Bjørn Magnus (2019). Kongens taler. Bind I : 1933-1990. Oslo: Cappelen Damm. ISBN 978-82-02-60558-2.