Sverrir Hermannsson

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Sverrir Hermannsson
Minister of Industry
In office
26 May 1983 – 16 October 1985
Prime MinisterSteingrímur Hermannsson
Preceded byHjörleifur Guttormsson
Succeeded byAlbert Guðmundsson
14th Minister of Education
In office
16 October 1985 – 8 July 1987
Prime MinisterSteingrímur Hermannsson
Preceded byRagnhildur Helgadóttir
Succeeded byBirgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
Personal details
Born(1930-02-26)26 February 1930
Ögurvík, Iceland
Died12 March 2018(2018-03-12) (aged 88)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partyIndependence Party
Liberal Party
Spouse(s)Greta Lind Kristjánsdóttir
Children6
Alma materUniversity of Iceland

Sverrir Hermannsson (26 February 1930 – 12 March 2018) was an Icelandic politician, businessman, and banker.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Sverrir was born in the Svalbarði farm in Ögurvík, Ísafjarðardjúp, on 26 February 1930, to Hermann Hermannsson and Salóme Rannveig Gunnarsdóttir.[3][4] He graduated from a high school in Akureyri in 1951 and earned a business degree from the University of Iceland in 1955.[2]

Career[edit]

Beginning in politics as a member of the Independence Party, he was Speaker of the lower chamber of Althing from 1979 to 1983.[2]

Sverrir was Minister of Industry from 1983 to 1985, followed by Minister of Education from 1985 until 1987.[3] From 1975 to 1983, and again from 1987 to 1988, he sat on the Nordic Council. In 1988, he resigned from the Althing to manage Landsbanki[5] where he served until 1998.[2][6]

Soon after leaving Landsbanki, in 1998, he returned to politics to found the Liberal Party and served its chairman from 1998 to 2003.[1][3][7] At the 1999 election, he was returned to the Althing, representing Reykjavíkurkjördæmi,[8] before leaving politics again in 2003.[2]

Death[edit]

Sverrir died, at the age of 88, on 12 March 2018.[1][2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jón Hákon Halldórsson (March 13, 2018). "Sverrir Hermannsson látinn" [Sverrir Hermannsson died]. Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Andlát: Sverrir Hermannsson" [Death:Sverrir Hermannsson]. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Sverrir Hermannsson". Althing. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Ásrún Brynja Ingvarsdóttir (March 13, 2018). "Sverrir Hermannsson látinn" [Sverrir Hermannsson died]. RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Páll H. Hannesson (March 14, 1998). "Að kunna að fara með peninga" [To know how to make money]. Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson (March 13, 2018). "Sverrir Hermannsson: Áhrifamaður fallinn frá". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "News review: A Changed Political Scene?". Iceland Review. May 7, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Skildu spaugstofuna eftir". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). June 9, 1999. Retrieved March 13, 2018.

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