Valgerður Sverrisdóttir

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is referred to by the given name Valgerður.
Valgerður Sverrisdóttir
Valgerdur Sverisdottir, Islands samarbets- och naringsminister.jpg
Sverrisdóttir in 2004
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
15 June 2006 – 24 May 2007
Prime Minister Geir Haarde
Preceded by Geir Haarde
Succeeded by Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Minister of Industry and Commerce
In office
1999–2006
Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson; Halldór Ásgrímsson; Geir Haarde
Preceded by Finnur Ingólfsson
Succeeded by Jón Sigurðsson
Personal details
Born (1950-03-23) 23 March 1950 (age 67)
Lómatjörn, Grýtubakkahreppur, Iceland
Political party Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Arvid Kro
Children Three daughters (born 1978, 1982, 1989)

Valgerður Sverrisdóttir (born 23 March 1950) is an Icelandic politician. She was a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for the Progressive Party for the Northeast constituency starting in 1987 and was Chairman of the Progressive Party parliamentary group from 1995 to 1999, Minister of Industry and Commerce from 1999 to 2006, and Minister for Nordic Cooperation from 2004 to 2005.[1] She was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 15 June 2006 to 24 May 2007.[2] She has been a member of the Progressive Party's central committee since 1983.

Controversy[edit]

In 2006, Árni Finnsson, chairman of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association, accused Valgerdur Sverrisdóttir of corruption for failing to reveal details of a report showing that the area on which the Kárahnjúkavirkjun dam was being built had active faults in the earth, While she was Minister of Industry and Commerce.

Geophysicist Grímur Björnsson revealed on the television news programme Kastljós that a report he had prepared, criticizing the placement of the Kárahnjúkar dam, had been stamped as confidential by his superior at the time. Minister of Industry Sverrisdóttir had subsequently failed to reveal the details of the report to parliament, as she was obliged to do.

Valgerður rejected all accusations, claiming the controversy was a last-ditch effort on behalf of the opposition to delay the flooding of the Hálslón Reservoir. The flooding of the reservoir, which was set to take place at the end of September of the same year, subsequently submerged a large section of the Icelandic highlands.[3]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Valgerður Sverrisdóttir at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Finnur Ingólfsson
Minister of Industry and Commerce
1999–2006
Succeeded by
Jón Sigurðsson
Preceded by
Siv Friðleifsdóttir
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
2004–2005
Succeeded by
 
Preceded by
Geir H. Haarde
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
Party political offices
Preceded by
Guðni Ágústsson
Chairman of the Progressive Party
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson