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Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Elected President of Iceland

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Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Elected President of Iceland

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Eliza Reid. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has been elected president of Iceland. He received 39.1 percent of the vote in Saturday’s election, or 71.356 votes.

Other results were as follows:

Halla Tómasdóttir, MBA, came in second, receiving 27.9 percent of the vote. Author and environmentalist Andri Snær Magnason got 14.3 percent, Morgunblaðið editor and former Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson received 13.7 percent and truck driver Sturla Jónsson got 3.5 percent. The four remaining candidates received less than one percent.

Registered voters were 245,004, and voter turnout was 75.7 percent.

Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, who will be Iceland’s sixth president, was born June 26, 1968, making him the youngest president Iceland has ever elected. He holds a PhD in history from Queen Mary University of London.

Guðni is an associate professor at the University of Iceland. His wife is Eliza Reid, originally from Canada. They met during their student years at Oxford University. She is a journalist and business owner. Together, they have four children, ages 3-8, but Guðni also has a 22-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

In addition to working as associate professor, Guðni has published numerous works on history, including works on the Cod Wars and the Icelandic presidency.

The president elect will be inaugurated August 1.

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