The Government of Iceland


President of Iceland 

GUDNI TH. JOHANNESSON

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was born in Reykjavík on 26 June, 1968. He is the son of Margrét Thorlacius and Jóhannes Sæmundsson; Jóhannes died in 1983. Guðni grew up in Garðabær and has two brothers..


Guðni graduated from secondary school in 1987 in Reykjavík, then studied history and political science at Warwick University in England and finished his B.A. degree in 1991. He studied German at Bonn University in Germany in 1991-1992 and Russian at the University of Iceland in 1993-1994. Guðni graduated with a master’s degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1997. He studied at Oxford University in England and graduated with an M.St. degree in history in 1999. In 2003 he completed his Ph.D. in history from Queen Mary, University of London.

Guðni is married to Eliza Jean Reid, whom he met while they were both studying at Oxford University. Eliza is from Canada and studied modern history at Oxford University and international relations at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Guðni and Eliza have been living in Iceland since 2003. Their children are Duncan Tindur (b. 2007), Donald Gunnar (b. 2009), Sæþór Peter (b. 2011) and Edda Margrét (b. 2013). Rut (b. 1994) is Guðni’s eldest child, from his previous marriage to Elín Haraldsdóttir, business administrator and artist.

Before taking office as president, Guðni was Professor of history at the University of Iceland. He has taught at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik University, Bifröst University and the University of London. For a few years he also worked part-time for the Icelandic State Broadcasting Company as a reporter. Guðni has written numerous books on modern Icelandic history, including works about the Cod Wars, the Icelandic presidency, the late Prime Minister Gunnar Thoroddsen, a book about spying in Iceland, a book about former President Kristján Eldjárn, and a book about the 2008 banking collapse. He has also written dozens of scholarly articles and newspaper articles. He has received a variety of recognitions for his works, and in 2017 he was awarded an honorary degree by Queen Mary University.



References taken from: 

https://www.forseti.is/en/the-president/gudni-th-johannesson/


Prime Minister of Iceland

Katrín Jakobsdóttir


  • Prime Minister since November 30th, 2017.
  • Chairman of the Left-Green Movement since 2013.
  • Deputy Chairman of the Left-Green Movement's parliamentary group 2007-2009.
  • Date of Birth:February 1st, 1976

Parliamentary Career

  • Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík North Constituency since 2007.

Political Party

  • Deputy Chairman of the Left-Green Movement's parliamentary group 2007-2009.

Ministerial Career

  • Minister of Education, Science and Culture 2009-2013.
  • Minister for Nordic Cooperation 2009-2013.





Minister for Foreign Affairs

Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson


Parliamentary Career

  • Member of Althingi for the Reykjavík North Constituency 2003-2009, for the Reykjavík South Constituency 2009-2016 and for the Reykjavík North Constituency since 2016.

Political Party

  • Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party 2016-2017.
  • Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Independence Party 2013-2016 and 2005-2007.

Committee work

  • 1st Deputy Chairman of the Budget Committee 2013-2016
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the EFTA and EEA Parliamentary Committees 2013-2016 (Chairman 2013-2016) and 2003-2007 (Chairman 2005-2007).
  • Member of the EU-Iceland joint Parliamentary Committee 2013-2016 (Chairman 2013-2016)
  • Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee 2013-2014.
  • Member of the Economic Affairs and Trade Committee 2011-2013.
  • Member of the Health Committee 2009-2011.
  • Member of the Trade Committee 2009-2011.
  • Member of the Environment Committee 2003-2007 (Chairman 2004-2007).
  • Member of the Fisheries Committee 2003-2007.
  • Member of the Social Affairs Committee on 2003-2006 (Deputy Chairman 2003-2006).

Ministerial Career

  • Minister of Health and Social Security 2007-2009.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. University of Iceland 1996

Personal

  • Born 19 December 1967. Married with four children.