Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir 2009-2013

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister 2009-2013

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Political and Parliamentary activities:

  • Prime Minister of Iceland February 1st 2009 - May 23rd 2013.
  • Minister of Social Affairs July 8th 1987–June 24th 1994 and May 24th 2007 – February 1st 2009.
  • Member of Althingi (the Parliament) for the Reykjavík constituency 1978–2013.
  • Member of Althingi's Presidium 1979, 1983–1984 and 2003–2007.
  • Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs 1995–1996, Committee on Industry 1995–1999, Althingi's Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs 1995–1997, 1999–2000 and 2004–2007, Committee on General Affairs 1996–1999, Committe on Economy and Trade 1999–2007, Committee on Credentials 1999–2003 and Committee of Social Affairs 2003–2007.
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the IPU 1996–2003.
  • Member of the Icelandic Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 2003–2007.
  • Vice Chairman of the Social Democratic Party 1984–1993.
  • Leader of the Social Democratic Alliance 2009–2013
  • Chairman of the Board of Governors on Issues concerning Mentally Challenged and Disabled Persons 1979–1983.
  • Member of Committee preparing a Bill on the Arrangement and Implementation on Adult Education and Revision of the Social Security Act 1978.
  • Member of the Board of Social Security 1978–1987, Chairman of the Board 1979–1980.
  • Participant of Conventions of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 1980–1985.
  • Chairman of the political party Þjóðvaki, 1995.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is born in 1942.


Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir's Speeches and Articles 2009 - 2013

Address of the Prime Minister of Iceland at official ceremonies on the parliament square Austurvöllur, 17 June 2011 - 17.6.2011

“It will take more than empty words to put Iceland back on its feet, it will take energy, thrift, foresight and persistence.”

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Grein eftir forsætisráðherra í Guardian

Article by the Prime Minister of Iceland regarding the referendum on 9 April, published in Guardian today - 13.4.2011

"In a referendum held last Saturday, the Icelandic people decided to reject a legislation providing a state guarantee for the reimbursement payments by the Icelandic Deposit Guarantee Fund to the governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands."

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A speech by Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland on Islendingadagurinn August 2nd 2010 - 2.8.2010

"We have a very special bond between Iceland and Canda – made strong by common history and shared heritage."

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A speech by Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, 31 July 2010 - 31.7.2010

"It is a great pleasure to stand here at this historic site - on the grounds of Borg in Mountain, North Dakota - and be with you as you honor the heritage and history of Iceland. A country far away but still in your hearts. I am touched and grateful to witness how dedicated you are to the land of your forefathers and how determined you are not to forget where your ancestors came from."

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Prime Minister's Address to the Nation on 17 June 2010 - 21.6.2010

"Today, on this beautiful summer's day, we celebrate our national holiday all across the country. We celebrate our independence and our joy at living our lives in this country, on our bountiful island."

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From Rescue to Recovery - 14.10.2009

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir wrote an article in The Banker Magazine the 5th of October 2009 about the future outlook one year after the economic crises hit Iceland with severe consequences.

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Prime Minister's Address Opening the Parliamentary Session on Monday, 05 October 2009 - 8.10.2009

Althingi reconvenes now following an unusually brief recess - in a year we will not soon forget. It has been a very difficult time for the nation, because all of us suffered a shock when so many things we trusted failed. More ...

Prime Minister's Opening Address to the Icelandic parliament Althingi - 20.5.2009

Prime Minister's, Johanna Sigurdardottir, Opening Address to the Summer Session of the Icelandic parliament Althingi, on Monday, 18 May 2009. More ...

Excerpts from the address delivered by Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir at the AGM of the Central Bank of Iceland, on 17 April 2009 - 21.4.2009

"Trust is a key word – not only during the economic downturn we are currently experiencing and in financial markets, but in all areas of society and in government. Trust is the foundation of all our relations, and the foundation of a healthy, everyday society." More ...

Platform of the Government - Report from the Prime Minister - 6.2.2009

"It can have escaped no one that our country is passing through a deep economic downturn. Within a very brief period, the government has had to act responsibly and determinedly, to keep the wheels of business and industry turning and to reinforce the security net for the nation’s households and families." More ...