Åge Grutle has been Norway's Ambassador to Finland since October 8, 2015, coming from the position of Lord Chamberlain at the Royal Court in Oslo (2009 - 2015).
He has a Master's degree in Soviet studies from Columbia University. He entered the Foreign Service in 1978 and has served in South Korea, the Soviet Union, and twice in Japan, most recently as Norway's Ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2009.
From 1995 to 1999 he served as the Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, from 1997 concurrently as the Director of the Parliament's International Department. From 1999 to 2004 he was Director General of the Multilateral Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Grutle comes from the island of Bømlo south of Bergen. He is a widower and has three adult children.