Össur Skarphéðinsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Össur.
Össur Skarphéðinsson
Ossur Skarphedinsson, utrikesminister Island. Nordiska radets session 2009 (1).jpg
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
1 February 2009 – 23 May 2013
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Succeeded by Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson
Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism
In office
24 May 2007 – 10 May 2009
Prime Minister Geir Haarde, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by Jón Sigurðsson (as Minister of Industry and Commerce)
Succeeded by Katrín Júlíusdóttir
Minister for the Environment
In office
1993–1995
Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson
Succeeded by Guðmundur Bjarnason
Personal details
Born (1953-06-19) 19 June 1953 (age 61)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political party Social Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s) Árný Erla Sveinbjörnsdóttir
Children Two daughters (b. 1994, 1998)
Alma mater University of Iceland
University of East Anglia
Profession biologist, journalist

Össur Skarphéðinsson (pronounced [ˈœsːʏr ˈskar̥pçɛðɪnsɔn]; born 19 June 1953) is an Icelandic politician who was Minister for Foreign Affairs from February 2009 - 2013.

Össur matriculated from the Reykjavík Grammar School in 1973, and gained a BS in Biology from the University of Iceland in 1979, and a doctorate from the University of East Anglia in 1983 entitled "The effect of photoperiod on the growth of the rainbow trout".[1] He has been a member of the parliament (Althing) since 1991, as Member for Reykjavík Constituency from 1991 to 2003 and Member for Reykjavík North Constituency since 2003. He was Chairman of the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group from 1991 to 1993, Minister for the Environment from 1993 to 1995, and Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance from 2000 to 2005.[1]

Össur was appointed Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism for the Social Democratic Alliance in May 2007. He was also Minister for Nordic Cooperation from 24 May 2007 to 10 June 2008.[1] In February 2009 he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Össur has been noted for being a prominent blogger, often quoted by the Icelandic press.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2009-2013
Succeeded by
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson
Preceded by
Jón Sigurðsson
as Minister of Industry and Commerce
Minister of Industry,
Energy and Tourism

2007–2009
Succeeded by
Katrín Júlíusdóttir
Preceded by
 
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Björgvin G. Sigurðsson
Preceded by
 
Minister for the Environment
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Guðmundur Bjarnason
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party
1991–1993
Succeeded by
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by
Margrét Frímannsdóttir
as spokesperson
Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance
2000–2005
Succeeded by
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir