Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir MP
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Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
1 February 2009 – 23 May 2013
PresidentÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
Preceded byGeir Haarde
Succeeded bySigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security
In office
24 May 2007 – 1 February 2009
Prime MinisterGeir Haarde
Preceded byMagnús Stefánsson (Social Affairs)
Siv Friðleifsdóttir (Health and Social Security)
Succeeded byÁsta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir
In office
8 July 1987 – 24 June 1994
Prime MinisterÞorsteinn Pálsson
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Davíð Oddsson
Preceded byAlexander Stefánsson
Succeeded byGuðmundur Árni Stefánsson
Personal details
Born (1942-10-04) 4 October 1942 (age 78)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partySocial Democratic Party (1978–1994)
National Movement (1994–2000)
Social Democratic Alliance (2000–present)
Spouse(s)Þorvaldur Steinar Jóhannesson (1970-2002?)
Jónína Leósdóttir (2002-present)
ChildrenTwo sons (b. 1972 and 1977)
One stepson (b. 1981)
ProfessionFlight attendant
Trade Unionist

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir[1] (pronounced jouːhanːa ˈsɪːɣʏrðartouʰtɪr), (born 4 October 1942) is a former Icelandic politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland. She has been a politician for many years. She was Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security from 1987–1994 and 2007–2009. She has been a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for Reykjavík constituencies since 1978. She has been re-elected eight times. She became Iceland's first female Prime Minister on 1 February 2009, the world's first openly gay head of government of the modern era.[2][3]

Jóhanna is a social democrat and Iceland's longest-serving member of Parliament. In the 1990s, when she lost a bid to head the party, she lifted her fist and declared "Minn tími mun koma!" -- "My time will come!"—a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. This name is usually spelled in English-language press as Johanna Sigurdardottir.
  2. Moody, Jonas (2009-01-30). "Iceland Picks the World's First Openly Gay PM". Time. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
  3. "First gay PM for Iceland cabinet". BBC News. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  4. Peter Popham (29 January 2009), World gets its first gay leader, The Independent
  5. Valur Gunnarsson (30 January 2009), Profile: Johanna Sigurdardottir, The Guardian