Høie is the most powerful in the health sector

Norwegian Minister of Health, Bent Høie ConservativesNorwegian Minister of Health, Bent Høie (Conservatives) is the most powerful in Norwegian Health. Photo: Regjerningen / Pixabay

Høie is still the most powerful in the health sector

Minister of Health, Bent Høie (Conservatives) is for the third consecutive year named the most powerful in the Norwegian health sector.


The power crowning by Dagens Medisin (Today’s Medicine) happens every second year, which means that Høie also topped in 2014 and 2016. It is this year for the 10th time the newspaper compiles its “Power 100” list.

He is the only health minister to be named the most powerful of Health Norway three times – by three different juries. The five jury members each have given points.

– Bent Høie is established as a frontrunner. He is a Cabinet Minister that the bureaucrats and most others in Norway understand that is the decision maker. After he announced that he would become the County Governor of Rogaland, something happened. Previously, he was «on» at all times, but now he is not as much on that anymore. He has been on the ball for a long time – and that is now noticeable, says Torgeir Michaelsen of the jury.

Others in the jury have also noticed that the Minister of Health is not as prominent as before.

– With the establishment of the Minister for Seniors and Public Health, Bent has halved his portfolio, and he is not responsible for as much as before. This makes visibility less, especially since elderly care is something Bent is concerned with, says Lisbeth Normann.

137 out of 150

Høie has collected 137 points out of 150 possible in the power crowning. He gets the full marks for «formal position» and almost as high a score on the power factors «informal power» and «personal effort». He also enjoys great professional reputation and has good formulations in the media, according to the jury.

Top 5

  • Bent Høie, Minister of Health, 137
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, 128
  • Bjørn-Inge Larsen, Secretary of Ministry, 122
  • Siv Jensen, Minister of Finance, 117
  • Herlof Nilssen, CEO in Health West, 113


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