Ólafur Jóhannesson

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Ólafur Jóhannesson
Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
14 July 1971 – 28 August 1974
President Kristján Eldjárn
Preceded by Jóhann Hafstein
Succeeded by Geir Hallgrímsson
In office
1 September 1978 – 15 October 1979
President Kristján Eldjárn
Preceded by Geir Hallgrímsson
Succeeded by Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal
Personal details
Born (1913-03-01)1 March 1913
Died 20 May 1984(1984-05-20) (aged 71)
Nationality Iceland
Political party Progressive Party
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 Ólafur .

Ólafur Jóhannesson (1 March 1913 – 20 May 1984) was the fifteenth Prime Minister of Iceland for the Progressive Party on two occasions. He was a member of the Progressive Party, serving as party chairman during the 1980s.

Career[edit]

Ólafur was educated at Akureyri Junior College (matriculated 1935), and studied law at the University of Iceland (graduated 1939, Hdl. 1942).[1] Following postgraduate studies in Denmark and Sweden, he worked as a lawyer and accountant, before returning to academia, becoming a lecturer and serving as a Professor at the Law Institute 1947–78.

He served as Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Minister Ecclesastical Affairs 1971–74 and 1978–79; Minister for Justice, Minister Ecclesastical Affairs and Trade Secretary 1974–78; and Foreign Minister 1980–83.[1] During his tenure, Johannesson headed the government that defied Great Britain during the Cod War.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1941 Ólafur married Dóra Guðbjartsdóttur (b. 1915). They had three children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Halfdanarson, Gudmundur (23 October 2008). Historical Dictionary of Iceland. Scarecrow Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-8108-6274-6. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Jessup, John E (1998). An encyclopedic dictionary of conflict and conflict resolution, 1945-1996. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 363. ISBN 978-0-313-28112-9. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
Preceded by
Jóhann Hafstein
Prime Minister of Iceland
(first term)

1971–1974
Succeeded by
Geir Hallgrímsson
Preceded by
Geir Hallgrímsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(second term)

1978–1979
Succeeded by
Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal
Preceded by
Eysteinn Jónsson
Chairman of the Progressive Party
1968–1979
Succeeded by
Steingrímur Hermannsson