Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

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Rt Hon Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
4th President of Iceland
In office
1 August 1980 – 1 August 1996
Prime Minister Gunnar Thoroddsen
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Þorsteinn Pálsson
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Davíð Oddsson
Preceded by Kristján Eldjárn
Succeeded by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
Personal details
Born 15 April 1930 (1930-04-15) (age 84)
Reykjavík, Kingdom of Iceland
Alma mater University of Paris
University of Grenoble
University of Copenhagen
University of Iceland
Profession Teacher
Theatre director

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir [ˈvɪɣtis ˈfɪn.pɔɣaˌtoʊhtɪr] ( listen) (born April 15, 1930) was the 4th president of Iceland. She was president from 1980 to 1996. She was the world's first elected female head of state.[1][2] With a presidency of exactly sixteen years, she also remains the longest-serving, elected female head of state of any country to date. Currently, she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and a Member of the Club of Madrid.[3] At her election in 1980 she was the first woman to be elected the head of state in a democratic election. She was re-elected unopposed in 1984 and 1992, and beat her opponent in the election of 1988. She studied literature and drama at the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne in Paris, and also at the University of Iceland. She graduated in English and French literature, and has a degree in education.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kristján Eldjárn
President of Iceland
1980–1996
Succeeded by
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson