Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (pronounced jouːhanːa ˈsɪːɣʏrðartouʰtɪr), (born 4 October 1942) is a former Icelandic politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland. She has been a politician for many years. She was Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security from 1987–1994 and 2007–2009. She has been a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for Reykjavík constituencies since 1978. She has been re-elected eight times. She became Iceland's first female Prime Minister on 1 February 2009, the world's first openly gay head of government of the modern era.
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir MP
|Prime Minister of Iceland|
1 February 2009 – 23 May 2013
|President||Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson|
|Preceded by||Geir Haarde|
|Succeeded by||Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson|
|Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security|
24 May 2007 – 1 February 2009
|Prime Minister||Geir Haarde|
|Preceded by||Magnús Stefánsson (Social Affairs)|
Siv Friðleifsdóttir (Health and Social Security)
|Succeeded by||Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir|
8 July 1987 – 24 June 1994
|Prime Minister||Þorsteinn Pálsson|
|Preceded by||Alexander Stefánsson|
|Succeeded by||Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson|
|Born||4 October 1942|
|Political party||Social Democratic Party (1978–1994)|
National Movement (1994–2000)
Social Democratic Alliance (2000–present)
|Spouse(s)||Þorvaldur Steinar Jóhannesson (1970-2002?)|
Jónína Leósdóttir (2002-present)
|Children||Two sons (b. 1972 and 1977)|
One stepson (b. 1981)
Jóhanna is a social democrat and Iceland's longest-serving member of Parliament. In the 1990s, when she lost a bid to head the party, she lifted her fist and declared "Minn tími mun koma!" -- "My time will come!"—a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression.
- This name is usually spelled in English-language press as Johanna Sigurdardottir.
- Moody, Jonas (2009-01-30). "Iceland Picks the World's First Openly Gay PM". Time. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
- "First gay PM for Iceland cabinet". BBC News. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
- Peter Popham (29 January 2009), World gets its first gay leader, The Independent
- Valur Gunnarsson (30 January 2009), Profile: Johanna Sigurdardottir, The Guardian