Sigmund Kroslid

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Sigmund Kroslid (born 11 October 1947) is a Norwegian politician for the Christian Democratic Party, best known for being the mayor of Flekkefjord for fourteen years.


He was born in Flekkefjord as a son of David Kroslid and Mathilde Heskestad.[1] The family, which had its roots in Gyland, moved to Lista when Kroslid was three years old.[2] After finishing secondary education in Farsund in 1967, he worked one year as an electrician's apprentice in the Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk factory. He then spent three years at Stavanger Technical School, and then returned to Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk where he has spent the rest of his professional career. Since 1997 he has been the market director of the company.[1] However, he did not work full-time during his time as mayor.[3]

Kroslid became involved in politics as leader of the local Youth of the Christian People's Party branch in 1972. From 1975 to 1976 he chaired the regional chapter in Vest-Agder. Kroslid was then a member of the Flekkefjord municipal council from 1975 to 2007, serving as deputy mayor from 1990 to 1991 and mayor from 1987 to 1989 and 1995 to 2007.[1] He stepped down ahead of the Norwegian local elections in 2007 to spend more time with his family, and to resume his career at Flekkefjord Slipp & Maskinfabrikk.[3] Nationally, he served as a deputy representative to the Parliament of Norway from his county Vest-Agder for four terms, from 1993–1997, 1997–2001, 2001–2005 and 2005–2009. He has also been a deputy member of the Vest-Agder county council.[1]

He has been a board member and chair of the local branches of the Norwegian State Food Authority and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities. For the latter organization he was a member of the national board from 1999 to 2003. He has also been involved in several local companies and bodies,[1] and since late 2005 he is the chair of Agder Energi.[4] One of his first actions as chair was to hire Christian Rynning-Tønnesen as the new CEO in February 2006;[5] however Rynning-Tønnesen changed his mind in early June and went to Norske Skog.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kroslid is married and has three children; the two oldest are twins. He is an active adherent of Methodism,[3] a denomination with slightly more than 11,000 followers in Norway.[7] He has been a member of the central committee of the Methodist Church in Norway, as well as the union of Methodist churches in Northern Europe.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sigmund Kroslid" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  2. ^ Jacobsen, Hans (11 October 2007). "Sigmund Kroslid 60 år". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ a b c Witzøe, Torbjørn (11 October 2007). "Farvel til lokalpolitikken". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian).
  4. ^ "Nytt styre engasjerer ekstern ryddehjelp". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian). 22 December 2005.
  5. ^ "Rynning-Tønnesen ny konsernsjef i Agder Energi" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 20 February 2006.
  6. ^ Horve, Mari (9 June 2006). "Glede over at Tom Nysted blir ny Agder Energi-sjef". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian).
  7. ^ "Members of Christian communities outside the Church of Norway. Per 1.1. 2005-2008". Statistics Norway. 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2009.[dead link]