Frisvold who hails from Kristiansund has his education from the army. He also has cand.mag. degrees in history, political science and social studies.
Having served as head of Forsvarskommando Sør-Norge (the Southern Norway Defence Command) Frisvold succeeded Arne Solli as Chief of Defence of Norway on 30 April 1999. During his leadership period the armed forces underwent major reorganization and closure of units and camps, as well as introduction of some new administrative measures, including the introduction of Regional Support Function (Norwegian language: Regional støttefunksjon, RSF) and Horisontal Trade (Norwegian language: Horisontal samhandel).
On 10 December 2004 Frisvold announced that he would be resigning of his own volition as Chief of Defence after he had been on sick leave several times the last year. On the same day Sverre Diesen was appointed as his successor, and Diesen took over on 1 April 2005.
Frisvold is the holder of a number of Norwegian and foreign orders and decorations:
- Multinational Force and Observer Medal 1984
- Norwegian Defense Medal 1992
- Norwegian Defense Medal with Laurel Branch 1996
- Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav 2000
- Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland 2000
- Commanders of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 2001
- Grand Officer of the French Ordre national du Mérite 2002
- Commander Grand Cross of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star 2003
- Estonian 1st Class Military Order of the Cross of the Eagle 2004
He is also a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.
- Frisvold Replaced as Norway's Chief of Defense
- "Medlemmer: FRISVOLD, Sigurd" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. http://www.ntva.no/index.php?option=com_club&view=member&id=136%3Afrisvold-sigurd&Itemid=60. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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