Jónína Leósdóttir

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Jónína Leósdóttir
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (second from right) and Jónína (far left) with Slovenian President Danilo Türk and his wife, Barbara. Official visit to Slovenia.
Born (1954-05-16) 16 May 1954 (age 69)
SpouseJóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Jónína Leósdóttir (born 16 May 1954)[1] is an Icelandic novelist, playwright, former journalist and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Iceland from 2009 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.[2]

She is married to the former Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who was the first openly lesbian head of government in modern history.[3][4] 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);[5] 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 1 January 2015).[6] The pair met in 1983.[7]

She wrote her first book, Sundur og saman (Back and Forth) in 1993. The book was about a child whose parents divorced.[7] She has now written a book about her relationship with the former prime minister.[8]

She has a BA in English and Literature from the University of Iceland, and has worked at the University of Essex.[9]


  1. ^ CV: Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister's Office, retrieved August 28, 2011
  2. ^ "Books". Jónína Leósdótti. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Brandsma, Elliott (10 September 2014). "We Are All the Same". The Reykjavík Grapevine. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  4. ^ Moody, Jonas (January 30, 2009). "Iceland Picks the World's First Openly Gay PM". Time. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  5. ^ "Iceland PM weds as gay marriage legalised". The Daily Telegraph. June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Sanghani, Radhika (April 10, 2014). "Iceland's Jónína Leósdóttir: I was the world's first lesbian First Lady". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Voces, Carmen (April 13, 2014). "La esposa de la presidenta". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jónína Leósdóttir". Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Tribune, Mystery; Coleman, Reed Farrel; Corridan, Shawn; Fiore, Dan; Hart, Rob; Keaton, David James; Fox-Lerner, Aaron; Sweeney, Teresa (July 2017). "Mystery Tribune / Issue Nº2: Summer 2017". Mystery Tribune. No. 2. Retrieved December 27, 2018.

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