Jóhann Hafstein

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Jóhann Hafstein
14th Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
10 July 1970 – 14 July 1971
President Kristján Eldjárn
Preceded by Bjarni Benediktsson
Succeeded by Ólafur Jóhannesson
Personal details
Born (1915-09-19)19 September 1915
Akureyri, Iceland
Died 15 May 1980(1980-05-15) (aged 64)
Political party Independence Party
Alma mater University of Iceland

Jóhann Hafstein (Akureyri, 19 September 1915 – 15 May 1980) was elected to the Althingi for Reykjavík in 1946, which he represented until 1978. Jóhann was Prime Minister of Iceland from 10 July 1970 to 14 July 1971, for the Independence Party. Member of the Althingi 1946–1978. Hafstein was Speaker of the Lower House of the Althingi 1959–1961 and 1962–1963. He was CEO of the Fisheries Bank from 1952 to 1963. He served as Minister of Justice, Religion and Industrial Affairs, as well as handling the Health portfolio in 1961 and again in 1963–1970. He attended the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1953, 1959 and 1974.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Bjarni Benediktsson
Leader of the Independence Party
Succeeded by
Geir Hallgrímsson
Political offices
Preceded by
Bjarni Benediktsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
Succeeded by
Ólafur Jóhannesson