Finn Moe

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(journalist, politician)
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Born12 October 1902
Bergen, Norway
Died6 August 1971 (Age 68)
PartyNorwegian Labour Party
Transatlantic and pro-EU Norwegian politician who attended the First Bilderberg and two more in the 1950s

Finn Moe was a Norwegian journalist and politician for the Labour Party. He was one of 68 men who attended the First Bilderberg.


Starting as a journalist, Moe became one of the most central foreign affairs ideologues in the Labour Party, holding membership in the party's international committee from 1930 to 1968 and executive committee member of the (Social Democrat) Second International from 1938 to 1940.


During WW2, Moe fled German-occupied Norway, first to Stockholm. Landing in the US, he headed the Norwegian Broadcasting from 1941 to 1943. From 1943 to 1945 he was a press consultant in the exiled Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seated in London. During the war, Moe was an avid proponent of transatlantic cooperation, even a federation, and American and British naval bases on the Norwegian coast.

Post WW2

In 1945 he took part in the United Nations Preparatory Commission in London, moving to New York City in 1946 to become Norway's Permanent Representative to the UN. He sat on the United Nations Economic and Social Council from 1946 to 1947 and the UN Security Council from 1948 to 1949. His tenure as permanent delegate to the United Nations ended in 1949, when he came home to Norway and was hired as foreign affairs editor of Arbeiderbladet, the Labour Party's official newspaper, and was elected to Parliament.

In 1948–49 Moe changed his opinions and became a proponent of non-alignment, like Trygve Lie, favoring a Scandinavian defence cooperation instead of NATO membership. (Norway joined NATO in 1949). Moe was of a generation that still thought they had an option of some independence, and (together with PM Einar Gerhardsen won some concessions in security policy issues, especially the no foreign bases or nuclear weapons on Norwegian soil, clashing with the more NATO-loyal forces, like Labour foreign minister for 20 years Halvard Lange. This relative independence was only changed in 2017.

With his positive attitude towards continental cooperation, he can be called Norway's first post-war European. Nevertheless, it was the United Nations that stood closest to his heart, in line with the commitment to decolonization, increased development aid and expanded cooperation across the block boundaries. He was also a guest of honor on the UN's 25th anniversary.[When?][citation needed]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/195429 May 195431 May 1954Netherlands
Hotel Bilderberg
The first Bilderberg meeting, attended by 68 men from Europe and the US, including 20 businessmen, 25 politicians, 5 financiers & 4 academics.
Bilderberg/195611 May 195613 May 1956Denmark
The 4th Bilderberg meeting, with 147 guests, in contrast to the generally smaller meetings of the 1950s. Has two Bilderberg meetings in the years before and after
Bilderberg/195918 September 195920 September 1959Turkey
The 8th Bilderberg and the first in Turkey. 60 guests.
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