List of lawmen and prime ministers of the Faroe Islands

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Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Føroya løgmaður
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Bardur Nielsen.jpg
Incumbent
Bárður á Steig Nielsen

since 16 September 2019
Government of the Faroe Islands
Member ofLøgting
Formationc. 1000
12 May 1948 (1948-05-12)
First holderGilli (historic)
Andrass Samuelsen
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister

This is a list of lawmen and prime ministers of the Faroe Islands.

The Faroese term løgmaður (plural: løgmenn) literally means "lawman" and originally referred to the legal function of lawspeaker. This old title was brought back into use to refer to the head of government after the islands obtained Home Rule in 1948. In recent decades the Faroese government has started using "Prime Minister" as the official English translation of løgmaður, reflecting the increased autonomy of the islands. This translation does not apply to the pre-1816 office, only the modern leaders of the Faroese government.

List of Løgmenn[edit]

Løgmenn as lawmen (c. 1000–1816)[edit]

Many of the earlier holders of this position are not known.

Name Born–Died Term of Office
Gilli c. 1000
Sjúrður c. 1300
Símun c. 1350
Dagfinnur Halvdanarson c. 1400
Haraldur Kálvsson c. 1412
Roald c. 1450
Jørundur Skógdrívsson 1479–1524
Tórmóður Sigurðsson 1524–1531
Andras Guttormsson c. 1490–1543 1531–1544
Guttormur Andrasson Died 1572 1544–1572
Jógvan Heinason 1541–1602 1572–1583
Ísak Guttormsson Died 1587 1583–1588
Pætur Jákupsson 1588–1601
Tummas Símunarson Died 1608 1601–1608
Zakarias Tormóðsson Died 1628 1608–1628
Jógvan Justinusson Died 1654 1629–1654
Jógvan Poulsen (1st time) 1654–1655
Balzer Jacobsen 1655–1661
Jógvan Poulsen (2nd time) 1662–1677
Jákup Jógvansson 1677–1679
Jóhan Hendrik Weyhe 1679–1706
Sámal Pætursson Lamhauge Died 1752 1706–1752
Hans Jákupsson Debes 1723–1769 1752–1769
Thorkild Fjeldsted 1741–1796 1769–1772
Jacob Hveding 1772–1786
Johan Michael Lund 1753–1824 1786–1808
Jørgen Frantz Hammershaimb 1767–1820 1808–1816

Løgmenn as Prime Ministers during the Home Rule era (1948–present)[edit]

No. Portrait Name Term of office Party Election Cabinet
Took office Left office Time in office
1 PM Andrass Samuelsen.jpg Andrass Samuelsen
(1873–1954)
12 May 1948 15 December 1950 Union Party 1946
2 PM Kristian Djurhuus.jpg Kristian Djurhuus
(1895–1984)
15 December 1950 8 January 1959 Union Party 1950
1954
3 PM Peter Mohr Dam.jpg Peter Mohr Dam
(1898–1968)
8 January 1959 4 January 1963 Social Democratic Party 1958
4 PM Hakun Djurhuus.jpg Hákun Djurhuus
(1908–1987)
4 January 1963 12 January 1967 People's Party 1962
(3) PM Peter Mohr Dam.jpg Peter Mohr Dam
(1898–1968)
12 January 1967 19 November 1968 Social Democratic Party 1966
(2) PM Kristian Djurhuus.jpg Kristian Djurhuus
(1895–1984)
19 November 1968 12 December 1970 Union Party 1966
5 PM Atli Dam.jpg Atli Dam
(1932–2005)
12 December 1970 5 January 1981 Social Democratic Party 1970
1974
1978
6 Pauli Ellefsen
(1936–2012)
5 January 1981 10 January 1985 Union Party 1980
(5) PM Atli Dam.jpg Atli Dam
(1932–2005)
10 January 1985 18 January 1989 Social Democratic Party 1984
7 Jógvan Sundstein
(1933– )
18 January 1989 15 January 1991 People's Party 1988
(5) PM Atli Dam.jpg Atli Dam
(1932–2005)
15 January 1991 18 January 1993 Social Democratic Party 1990
8 Marita Petersen
(1940–2001)
18 January 1993 15 September 1994 Social Democratic Party 1990
9 Edmund Joensen.JPG Edmund Joensen
(1944– )
15 September 1994 15 May 1998 Union Party 1994 Joensen III
10 Anfinn kallsberg.jpg Anfinn Kallsberg
(1947– )
15 May 1998 3 February 2004 People's Party 1998
2002
Kallsberg III
11 Joannes Eidesgaard in Gjogv.jpg Jóannes Eidesgaard
(1951– )
3 February 2004 26 September 2008 Social Democratic Party 2004 Eidesgaard III
12 KajLeoJohannesen crop.jpg Kaj Leo Johannesen
(1964– )
26 September 2008 15 September 2015 Union Party 2008
2011
Leo Johannesen III
13 Aksel V Johannesen 2015.JPG Aksel V. Johannesen
(1972– )
15 September 2015 16 September 2019 Social Democratic Party 2015 Aksel Johannesen
14 Bardur Nielsen.jpg Bárður á Steig Nielsen
(1972– )
16 September 2019 Incumbent Union Party 2019 Steig Nielsen

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