Published in the 2013 June-July issue of Iceland Review – IR 03.13. Words and photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Twenty-one-year old farmer from Mjóifjörður fjord in the West Fjords and MP for the Progressive Party, Jóhanna María Sigmundsdóttir, became the youngest ever parliamentarian to be elected to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in the April 27 general election. Jóhanna María broke the 79-year-old record of Gunnar Thoroddsen, the then 23-year-old Independence Party MP, who later became Prime Minister of Iceland, 1980- 1983. If Jóhanna María follows in the footsteps of her namesake, former PM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, she will remain a member of Alþingi until 2048.
Earlier this year, Jóhanna María was elected chair of the Young Farmers’ Association.
But who is this newest member of Alþingi? Iceland Review asked her 25 questions.
PS: How many countries have you been to?
JMS: Five, so far.
PS: What is the most beautiful place in Iceland?
JMS: The fjord Ísafjarðardjúp on a good summer’s day.
PS: What is your position on the European Union accession talks?
JMS: They should be terminated.
PS: Do you get seasick?
JMS: No, I love to row out into the fjord and travel by sea.
PS: What is the first issue that you will present in parliament?
JMS: I’m not sure. Time will tell. There are many issues that I’m passionate about.
PS: Are you single or in a relationship?
PS: Describe the Progressive Party in one sentence.
JMS: New people, clear policy.
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