Mayor of Reykjavik City

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Mayor of Reykjavik City
Borgarstjóri Reykjavíkurborgar
Reykjavik Coat of Arms.svg
Reykjavik City Coat of Arms
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Incumbent
Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson

since 16 June 2014
Reykjavik City Council
Seat Reykjavik City
Term length Four years
Renewable indefinitely with the support of the Reykjavik City Council.
Constituting instrument Local Government Act
Formation 1907
First holder Jón Þorláksson
Salary 1,200,000 ISK monthly (2013)
Website reykjavik.is/en (English)
reykjavik.is (Icelandic)

The post of Mayor of Reykjavik City (Icelandic: Borgarstjóri Reykjavíkurborgar) was created in 1907 and advertised in 1908. Páll Einarsson and Knud Zimsen applied for the job and Páll got the position for a period of six years, at the end of which he did not wish to renew his tenure. Rather than a direct election, Reykjavík City Council members elect the mayor from within their ranks.

Between 1932 and 1994 the centre-right Independence Party dominated Reykjavík municipal politics, but since then other parties have been more competitive. Since 2003 seven people have held the mayor position, due to an unprecedented amount of instability in Reykjavík's municipal coalition government caused in part by the 2008–11 Icelandic financial crisis.

The incumbent mayor is Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson, who was elected in 2014. Eggertsson's Social Democratic Alliance currently governs the city as the senior coalition partner with the Best Party.

List of mayors[edit]

Mayor Took office Left office Duration Party
1 Vertical placeholder.png Páll Einarsson
(1868–1954)
7 May 1908 7 May 1914 6 years
(2,191 days)
N/A
2 Vertical placeholder.png Knud Zimsen
(1875–1953)
7 May 1914 30 December 1932 18 years, 7 months, 23 days
(6,812 days)
N/A
3 JThorl1927.jpg Jón Þorláksson
(1877–1935)
30 December 1932 20 March 1935 2 years, 2 months, 20 days
(810 days)
CP
4 Vertical placeholder.png Pétur Halldórsson
(1887–1940)
20 March 1935 26 November 1940 5 years, 8 months, 6 days
(2,078 days)
IP
5 Vertical placeholder.png Bjarni Benediktsson
(1908–1970)
26 November 1940 10 February 1947 6 years, 2 months, 15 days
(2,267 days)
IP
6 Vertical placeholder.png Gunnar Thoroddsen
(1910–1983)
10 February 1947 19 November 1959 12 years, 9 months, 9 days
(4,665 days)
IP
7 Vertical placeholder.png Auður Auðuns
(1911–1999)
19 November 1959 6 October 1960 10 months, 17 days
(322 days)
IP
Vertical placeholder.png Geir Hallgrímsson
(1925–1990)
1 December 1972 13 years, 12 days
(4,761 days)
IP
8 Vertical placeholder.png Birgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
(1936–)
1 December 1972 15 August 1978 5 years, 8 months, 14 days
(2,083 days)
IP
9 Vertical placeholder.png Egill Ingibergsson
(1926–)
15 August 1978 27 May 1982 3 years, 9 months, 12 days
(1,381 days)
indie.
10 David Oddsson.jpg Davíð Oddsson
(1948–)
27 May 1982 16 July 1991 9 years, 1 month, 19 days
(3,337 days)
IP
11 Vertical placeholder.png Markús Örn Antonsson
(1943–)
16 July 1991 17 March 1994 2 years, 8 months, 1 day
(975 days)
IP
12 Vertical placeholder.png Árni Sigfússon
(1956–)
17 March 1994 13 June 1994 2 months, 27 days
(88 days)
IP
13 Vertical placeholder.png Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
(1954–)
13 June 1994 1 February 2003 8 years, 7 months, 19 days
(3,155 days)
indie.
14 Vertical placeholder.png Þórólfur Árnason
(1957–)
1 February 2003 30 November 2004 1 year, 9 months, 29 days
(668 days)
indie.
15 Vertical placeholder.png Steinunn Valdís Óskarsdóttir
(1965–)
30 November 2004 13 June 2006 1 year, 6 months, 14 days
(560 days)
indie.
16 Vertical placeholder.png Vilhjálmur Þórmundur Vilhjálmsson
(1946–)
13 June 2006 16 October 2007 1 year, 4 months, 3 days
(490 days)
IP
17 DagurBEggertsson.jpg Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson
(1972–)
16 October 2007 24 January 2008 3 months, 8 days
(100 days)
SDA
18 Vertical placeholder.png Ólafur Friðrik Magnússon
(1952–)
24 January 2008 21 August 2008 6 months, 28 days
(210 days)
LP
19 Vertical placeholder.png Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir
(1966–)
21 August 2008 15 June 2010 1 year, 9 months, 25 days
(663 days)
IP
20 Jon-gnarr-2011-ffm-098.jpg Jón Gnarr
(1967–)
15 June 2010 16 June 2014 4 years, 2 days
(1463 days)
BP
21 DagurBEggertsson.jpg Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson
(1972–)
16 June 2014 Incumbent 0 years, 163 days
(163 days)
SDA

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