Vigdis Finnbogadottir in September 1985
|4th President of Iceland|
1 August 1980 – 1 August 1996
|Prime Minister||Gunnar Thoroddsen|
|Preceded by||Kristján Eldjárn|
|Succeeded by||Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson|
|Born||15 April 1930|
|Alma mater||University of Paris|
University of Grenoble
University of Copenhagen
University of Iceland
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. 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. 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.
References[change | change source]
- "Vigdís Finnbogadóttir – president of Iceland". Encyclopedia Britannica.
- "Club of Madrid: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir". Club of Madrid. 2003. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "Club of Madrid: Full Members". Club of Madrid. 2003. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2008.
Other websites[change | change source]
- official cv Archived 2016-03-13 at the Wayback Machine
- Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
| President of Iceland
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson