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.