Cabinet of Iceland

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The Cabinet of Iceland and the Prime Minister's Office in Reykjavík.

The Cabinet of Iceland (Icelandic: Stjórnarráð Íslands) is the collective decision-making body of the government of Iceland, composed of the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers.

History[edit]

The Cabinet of Iceland is considered to have been formed 1 February 1904 when home rule was expanded in Iceland and Hannes Hafstein became the first Icelander to hold the position of Minister for Iceland in the Cabinet of Denmark (Cabinet of Deuntzer).[1] A constitutional amendment, confirmed on 3 October 1903, stated that the Minister for Iceland had to be a resident of Reykjavík and be able to read and write Icelandic. The Minister for Iceland therefore belonged to both the Danish Cabinet and the newly created Icelandic Cabinet but was only answerable to the Icelandic Parliament. Executive power was thus transferred to Iceland with the creation of the Icelandic Cabinet (the executive branch of the government). In the beginning, there were no cabinet ministers nor ministries (aside from the Minister for Iceland) that formed the Cabinet but instead the Cabinet was divided into three offices. The offices were called first, second and third office. The first office was responsible for court, school and church affairs, the second for employment, transport and postal affairs and the third for finance.[2] The Minister for Iceland was the most supreme officeholder in the Cabinet, but each office was headed by an Office Manager and a National Secretary supervised the three managers.[3] The position of Minister for Iceland in the Danish and Icelandic cabinet was discontinued 30 November 1918 as the Danish–Icelandic Act of Union was signed 1 December 1918 by Denmark and Iceland. The agreement made Iceland a sovereign state – the Kingdom of Iceland – joined with Denmark in a personal union with the Danish king as the head of state of both kingdoms. The Minister for Iceland at the time of the signing of the agreement, Jón Magnússon, became the first Prime Minister of Iceland.

Current cabinet[edit]

The current cabinet (in office since 28 November 2021), consists of the following ministers:[4]

Minister Ministry Since Incumbent Party Image
Prime Minister
(Forsætisráðherra)
Prime Minister's Office
(Forsætisráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Katrín Jakobsdóttir LG Katrín Jakobsdóttir (24539871465) (cropped)
Minister for Foreign Affairs
(Utanríkisráðherra)
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
(Utanríkisráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir IP Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir.jpg
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
(Fjármála- og efnahagsráðherra)
Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs
(Fjármála- og efnahagsráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Bjarni Benediktsson IP Bjarni Benediktsson vid Nordiska Radets session i Stockholm.jpg
Minister of the Interior
(Innanríkisráðherra)
Ministry of the Interior
(Innanríkisráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Jón Gunnarsson IP
Minister of Infrastructure
(Innviðaráðherra)
Ministry of Infrastructure
(Innviðaráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson PP Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson 2016 (cropped).png
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
(Sjávarútvegs- og landbúnaðarráðherra)
Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture
(Atvinnuvega- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Svandís Svavarsdóttir LG Islands miljominister Svandis Svavarsdottir. Nordiska radets session i Stockholm 2009.jpg
Minister of Education and Children's Affairs
(Mennta- og barnamálaráðherra)
Ministry of Education and Children's Affairs
(Mennta- og barnamálaráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Ásmundur Einar Daðason PP Ásmundur Einar Daðason.jpg
Minister of Science, Industry and Innovation
(vísinda-, iðnaðar- og nýsköpunarráðherra)
Ministry of Science, Industry and Innovation
(vísinda-, iðnaðar- og nýsköpunarráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir IP Aslaug-arna.jpg
Minister of Social Affairs and the Labour Market
(Félagsmála- og vinnumarkaðsráðherra)
Ministry of Social Affairs and the Labour Market
(Félagsmálaráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson LG
Minister of Health
(Heilbrigðisráðherra)
Ministry of Health
(Heilbrigðisráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Willum Þór Þórsson PP Willum Þór Þórsson
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate
(Umhverfis- og auðlindaráðherra)
Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate
(Umhverfis- og auðlindaráðuneytið)
28 November 2021 Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson IP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson (19-07-2021) 2
Minister of Tourism, Trade and Culture
(Ferðamála-, viðskipta- og menningarmálaráðherra)
Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Culture
(Ferðamála-, viðskipta- og menningarmálaráðherra)
28 November 2021 Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir PP Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir - Progressive Party.jpg

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson (2001). "Forsætisráðuneyti - sögulegt ágrip" [Prime Minister's Office - historical overview] (in Icelandic). Reykjavík, Iceland: Prime Minister's Office. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. Þegar heimastjórn var komið á fót hér á landi árið 1904 var stofnað embætti ráðherra Íslands, og var hann æðsti yfirmaður Stjórnarráðs Íslands.
  2. ^ Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson (2001). "Forsætisráðuneyti - sögulegt ágrip" [Prime Minister's Office - historical overview] (in Icelandic). Reykjavík, Iceland: Prime Minister's Office. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. Stjórnarráðinu var skipt í þrjár skrifstofur sem gengu undir nöfnunum fyrsta, önnur og þriðja skrifstofa. Fyrstu skrifstofu var ætlað að sjá um dóms-, skóla- og kirkjumál, önnur skyldi sjá um atvinnumál, samgöngumál og póstmál en hin þriðja fjármál.
  3. ^ Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson (2001). "Forsætisráðuneyti - sögulegt ágrip" [Prime Minister's Office - historical overview] (in Icelandic). Reykjavík, Iceland: Prime Minister's Office. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. Skrifstofustjóri var yfir hverri skrifstofu en landritari var yfirmaður þeirra. Allir lutu þeir svo ráðherra Íslands.
  4. ^ "Ráðuneyti Sigmundar Davíðs Gunnlaugssonar" [Cabinet of Bjarni Benediction] (in Icelandic). Reykjavík, Iceland: Cabinet of Iceland. Retrieved 11 January 2017.

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Coordinates: 64°08′50″N 21°56′07″W / 64.14722°N 21.93528°W / 64.14722; -21.93528