Jónína Leósdóttir

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (second from right) and Jónína (far left) with Slovenian President Danilo Türk and his wife Barbara. Official visit to Slovenia.

Jónína Leósdóttir (born 16 May 1954[1]) is an Icelandic novelist, playwright, former journalist and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Iceland from 2008 until 2013.

She is the author of a dozen plays, eleven novels, two biographies and a collection of articles she originally wrote for a women's magazine. Her books have been translated into several languages.

She is married to the former Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who was the first openly lesbian head of government in modern history.[2] They were one of the first same-sex couples in Iceland to get married (in 2010, shortly after the law took effect, and while Jóhanna was in office);[3] and until 2015, Jónína was the only modern person to have been the same-sex spouse of a sitting head of government (Belgium's Elio Di Rupo has never been married, while Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel was unable to legally marry until January 1, 2015).

She has now written a book[4] about her relationship with the former prime minister.

She has a BA in English and Literature from the University of Iceland.

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  1. ^ CV: Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister's Office, retrieved 2011-08-28 
  2. ^ Moody, Jonas (2009-01-30). "Iceland Picks the World's First Openly Gay PM". Time. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Iceland PM weds as gay marriage legalised". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Jónína Leósdóttir". Retrieved 31 December 2016. 

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