Árni Páll Árnason

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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 Árni Páll.
Árni Páll Árnason
Leader of the Social Democratic Alliance
Assumed office
26 February 2013
Preceded by Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Minister of Business Affairs
In office
2 September 2010 – 31 December 2011
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by Gylfi Magnússon
Succeeded by Steingrímur Sigfússon
Minister of Social Affairs
In office
10 May 2009 – 2 September 2010
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir
Succeeded by Guðbjartur Hannesson
Personal details
Born (1966-05-23) 23 May 1966 (age 48)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political party Social Democratic Alliance
Alma mater University of Iceland
College of Europe

Árni Páll Árnason (born 23 May 1966) is an Icelandic politician who served in the government of Iceland as Minister of Social Affairs from 10 May 2009 to 2 September 2010 and as Minister of Business Affairs from 2 September 2010 to 31 December 2011. He has served as a Member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Party since 2007 and was elected party leader in February 2013.

Born in Reykjavik, he received a law degree from the University of Iceland in 1991 and a postgraduate degree in European law from the College of Europe, where he studied from 1991 to 1992 (Mozart Promotion). He became an attorney in 1997.[1]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Leader of the Social Democratic Alliance