Þorsteinn Pálsson

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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 Þorsteinn.
Þorsteinn Pálsson
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Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
8 July 1987 – 28 September 1988
President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Preceded by Steingrímur Hermannsson
Succeeded by Steingrímur Hermannsson
Personal details
Born (1947-10-29) 29 October 1947 (age 66)
Selfoss, Iceland
Nationality Icelandic
Political party Independence Party
Alma mater University of Iceland
Profession Lawyer, Journalist

Þorsteinn Pálsson or Thorsteinn Pálsson (pronounced [ˈθɔr̥steitn ˈpʰaulsɔn]; born 29 October 1947) is a former Prime Minister of Iceland for the Independence Party. He served from 8 July 1987 to 28 September 1988.[1] Þorsteinn led the independence party from 1983 to 1991, when he lost an inner partial election to then vice-chairman of the party and mayor of Reykjavík, Davíð Oddsson.

Prior to his period as Prime Minister, Þorsteinn was Minister of Finance from 1985 to 1987. He represented South Iceland in the Althing (Iceland's parliament) from 1983 to 1999. When Davíð Oddsson formed his first government in 1991 he appointed Þorsteinn as Minister of Fisheries and Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs. He remained in this position until 1999. Later he became ambassador, first in London and later in Copenhagen. He was editor of the newspaper Fréttablaðið between 2006 and 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters. "PM resigns over Iceland's economy crisis." Toronto Star. 18 September 1988. p. E2.
Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Guðmundsson
Minister of Finance
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson
Preceded by
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
1987–1988
Succeeded by
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Preceded by
Halldór Ásgrímsson
Minister of Fisheries
1991–1999
Succeeded by
Árni Mathiesen
Preceded by
Óli Þ. Guðbjartsson
Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs
1991–1999
Succeeded by
Sólveig Pétursdóttir
Party political offices
Preceded by
Geir Hallgrímsson
Chairman of the Independence Party
1983–1991
Succeeded by
Davíð Oddsson