orig. Gro Harlem
born April 20, 1939, Oslo, Nor.
Norwegian politician, first woman prime minister of Norway (1981, 1986–89, 1990–96).
Trained as a physician, she worked with various government health services, then served as minister of the environment (1974–79). She served in the Norwegian parliament (1977–97). As leader of the Labour Party group, she served as premier three times. In 1987 she chaired the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, and in 1998 she was elected director-general of the World Health Organization.