Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

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Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Islands utrikesminister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir vid Nordiska Radets session i Oslo. 2007-10-31. Foto- Magnus
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
24 May 2007 – 1 February 2009
Prime Minister Geir Haarde
Preceded by Valgerður Sverrisdóttir
Succeeded by Össur Skarphéðinsson
Mayor of Reykjavik
In office
13 June 1994 – 1 February 2003
Preceded by Árni Sigfússon
Succeeded by Þórólfur Árnason
Personal details
Born (1954-12-31) 31 December 1954 (age 63)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political party Social Democratic Alliance (since 2000)
Women's List (until 2000)
Spouse(s) Hjörleifur Sveinbjörnsson
Children Two sons (b. 1983, 1985)
Alma mater University of Iceland
University of Copenhagen

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir (pronounced [ˈiɲcɪpjœrk ˈsoulrun ˈcistlatouhtɪr]) (born 31 December 1954) is an Icelandic politician from the Social Democratic Alliance, formerly Minister for Foreign Affairs 2007–2009 and leader of the Alliance 2005–2009. She is currently the designated representative of UN Women to Turkey and designated regional director for Europe and Central Asia.[1]


Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir was born in Reykjavík on 31 December 1954, the daughter of salesman Gísli Gíslason (born 30 November 1916, died 23 October 2006) and homemaker Ingibjörg J. Níelsdóttir (born 23 February 1918).

She received her bachelor's degree in history and literature from the University of Iceland in 1979. Then she went to Denmark to study as a guest student at the University of Copenhagen. In 1981 she came back to Iceland where she graduated as a cand.mag. in history from University of Iceland in 1983.

Political career[edit]

Former Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin), then the second largest political party in the Althing (Iceland's parliament), she was appointed foreign minister on 24 May 2007.

Ingibjörg Sólrún started her political career in the Women's List (Samtök um kvennalista), a party she represented in Reykjavík's City Council from 1982 to 1988. She also represented the party in Parliament from 1991 to 1994.

She became Mayor of Reykjavík in 1994 when she led a coalition of four political parties called Reykjavíkurlistinn, winning the elections. She was the city's Mayor until 2003.

In 2005 Ingibjörg Sólrún became the leader of the Alliance after a sharply contested election between her and the previous party leader Össur Skarphéðinsson.


  1. ^ "UN Women: Turkey can be regional model for women's rights". March 9, 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Árni Sigfússon
Mayor of Reykjavík
Succeeded by
Þórólfur Árnason
Preceded by
Valgerður Sverrisdóttir
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Össur Skarphéðinsson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Össur Skarphéðinsson
Chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance
Succeeded by
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir