The Coveted Position of President of Iceland


The Coveted Position of President of Iceland


Bessastaðir, the president’s residence. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

About 20 individuals have either announced their intention to run for the office of president of Iceland in June, are said to be contemplating a run, or their names have repeatedly been associated with a candidacy, RÚV reports.

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson announced on New Year’s Day he wouldn’t be running.

Five people have either announced their candidacy or strongly suggested they will do so. Those are:

Ari Jósepsson, video blogger

Ástþór Magnússon, business man

Elísabet Jökulsdóttir, writer

Hildur Þórðardóttir, ethnologist

Þorgrímur Þráinsson, writer

The following people have publicly stated they’re contemplating a run:

Andri Snær Magnason, writer

Halla Tómasdóttir, business woman

Hrannar Pétursson, former CEO of Vodafone

Linda Pétursdóttir, business woman

Salvör Nordal, director of the Center for Ethics at the University of Iceland

Sigrún Stefánsdóttir, dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Akureyri

Stefán Jón Hafstein, country director for the Icelandic International Development Agency in Uganda

Sturla Jónsson, truck driver

Vigfús Bjarni Albertsson, hospital minister

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, head of SA-Business Iceland

In addition, the following people have frequently been mentioned as possible candidates, although none of them has either confirmed or denied interest in the position: MP Össur Skarphéðinsson of the Social Democratic Alliance; MP Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left-Green Movement; Bergþór Pálsson, singer; and Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson, writer and Executive Vice President of International and Corporate Strategy at Time Warner Inc.



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