Niels Nørlund

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(journalist, editor)
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BornNiels Herbert Nørlund
12 August 1924
Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died11 August 2004 (Age 79)
Berlin, Germany
SiblingsIb Nørlund
SpouseJette Hjejle
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee
Somewhat mysterious Danish editor and member of the Bilderberg steering committee.

Niels Herbert Nørlund was a Danish journalist and editor in chief. Little is known about his deep political connections, but he became a member of the Bilderberg steering committee on 1st January 1975, when Terkel Terkelsen resigned and passed on his position to him.[1]


Niels Nørlund was the son of director and archaeologist Poul Nørlund and Nanna Nørlund (born Moller). He was younger brother of communist activist Ib Nørlund. Niels Nørlund married Jette Hjejle (born 24 January 1923), the daughter of architect Therkel Hjejle, with whom he had sons Terkel, Kermit, Laurs and Nikolaj.

World War II

Niels Nørlund graduated in 1942. That same year he was assigned to Berlingske Tidende as a reporter. Niels Nørlund participated actively with the illegal radio transmissions from Denmark, and in 1944 was arrested by the Wehrmacht and spent the rest of World War II as a prisoner.


In 1946 he became Berlingske Tidende's Berlin correspondent. Later he moved to London and then on to a job as a newspaper's UN correspondent in New York. Four years later he moved to Washington DC, where he helped to open for wider and closer communication between the Europe and the USA. Niels Nørlund was called home in 1957 when he was foreign policy assistant at Berlingske Aftenavis and later at Berlingske Tidende. He wrote leaders and editorials on the newspaper's front page, informed by American newspapers. This may have been part of his role as agreed at the Bilderberg.

In 1962 he became a member of the Berlingske Tidende's editorial office. In 1965 he was given the prestigious journalism award Award for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism in 1965 from the University of California. In 1967 he was the newspaper's chief editor, replacing Terkel Terkelsen (whom in 1975 he was to succeed as a member of the Bilderberg steering committee).[1] The next year Berlingske Tidende underwent a rapidly modernization. In 1970 Nørlund was replaced by Laust Jensen. Niels Nørlund remained a member of the chief editorial office until 1985 when he again went abroad, this time as the newspaper's Bonn correspondent. He was in 1989 honored with the Berlingske Journalist Award and the Danish-German Society Merit Award. He was a 'Knight of the Dannebrog'.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.
Bilderberg/197722 April 197724 April 1977Imperial Hotel
The 25th Bilderberg, held in Torquay, England.
Bilderberg/197821 April 197823 April 1978US
New Jersey
Princeton University
The 26th Bilderberg, held in the US
Bilderberg/197927 April 197929 April 1979Austria
Clubhotel Schloss Weikersdorf
27th Bilderberg, 95 guests, Austria
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
The 28th Bilderberg, held in West Germany, unusually exposed by the Daily Mirror
Bilderberg/198115 May 198117 May 1981Switzerland
Palace Hotel
The 29th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/198214 May 198216 May 1982Norway
The 30th Bilderberg, held in Norway.
Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Château Montebello
The 31st Bilderberg, held in Canada
Bilderberg/198411 May 198413 May 1984Sweden
The 32nd Bilderberg, held in Sweden
Bilderberg/198510 May 198512 May 1985New York
Arrowwood of Westchester
Rye Brook
The 33rd Bilderberg, held in Canada


  1. a b Nye fronter i den kolde krig, p.176