Keynote Address Erna Solberg

2017 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 23, 2017

Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, opens the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum by praising the efforts of OFF attendees and their dedication to the cause of human freedom. Reminding the audience that individual liberties are the bedrock of any democracy, she urges us to stand with the courageous activists whose rights are not respected in their home countries. A united front between civil society, individual activists, private businesses, and national governments is the best bulwark against extremism and repression. Oslo Freedom Forum founder Thor Halvorssen joins the Prime Minister at the conclusion of her speech for a Q&A session revolving around women in democracy and the resource curse.