Kaj Leo Johannesen

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Kaj Leo Johannesen
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Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Assumed office
26 September 2008
Monarch Margrethe II
Deputy Annika Olsen[1]
Preceded by Jóannes Eidesgaard
Personal details
Born 28 August 1964
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Political party Union Party
Spouse(s) Jórun Bærendsen
Religion Church of the Faroe Islands

Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen (born 28 August 1964 in Tórshavn, Faroes) is the current Faroese prime minister, representing the Faroese Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin). He took office, succeeding Jóannes Eidesgaard on 26 September 2008.[2] Johannesen is also a former international football player; he was goalkeeper for the Faroe Islands national football team.[3]

In the Faroese parliamentary elections, held on 29 October 2011 Kaj Leo Johannesen received 1979 personal votes. This is the largest number of personal votes ever given to a Faroese parliament candidate.[4][5]

Member of the City Council of Tórshavn[edit]

Kaj Leo Johannesen was a member of the City Council of Tórshavn 1997-2000, representing the Faroese Unionist Party (Sambandsflokkurin).[6]

Football career[edit]

Kaj Leo Johannesen
Personal information
Full name Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen
Date of birth (1964-08-28) 28 August 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Tórshavn
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984-2004 HB Tórshavn 299 (0)
Total 299 (0)
National team
1991-1992 Faroe Islands 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kaj Leo Johannesen was a football goalkeeper and received 4 full international caps for the Faroes. He made his debut as a half-time substitute in a Euro 1992 qualifying game against eventual winners Denmark in Landskrona, Sweden, which served as Faroes' home ground during their very first international qualifying tournament. He played all 90 minutes in his other international matches, including the first ever competitive game, played on the Faroes, on June 3, 1992 at Svangaskarð, Toftir against Belgium in 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification.

He was unused substitute in 18 FIFA registered international matches in the period between 1989 and 1995. Kaj Leo was kept on the bench in most international matches by the "Bobble Hat" goalkeeper Jens Martin Knudsen, also in the Euro 1992 qualifying 1-0 victory over Austria in Landskrona, Sweden on September 12, 1990.

Club Football Career[edit]

Kaj Leo Johannesen played as first choice goalkeeper for one of the strongest Faroese clubs, HB Tórshavn between 1984 and 1998, and made some comebacks in later years. He became champion of the Faroese League in 1988, 1990 and 1998.

Handball Player for Kyndil[edit]

Kaj Leo Johannesen is also a former handball player. He played 163 matches for Kyndil and scored 625 goals for the club.[7]


  1. ^ "The Government - Ministers". Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Tinganes.fo The Prime Minister's Office (Official website)
  3. ^ Football.fo
  4. ^ "Historisk sejr ved Lagtingsvalget på Færøerne" (in Danish). Politiken. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Reistrup, Høgni (6 November 2011). "Kaj Leo The King" (in Faroese). Personal blogg of Høgni Reistrup. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ pdf-file, page 27.
  7. ^ Kyndil.fo

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