Ólöf Nordal

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Ólöf Nordal
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Minister of the Interior
In office
4 December 2014 – 11 January 2017
Prime MinisterSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Preceded bySigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Succeeded bySigríður Á. Andersen (Justice)
Jón Gunnarsson (Transport and Local Government)
Member of the Althing
In office
April 2007 – 2013
ConstituencyNortheast Constituency (2007–2009)
Reykjavík Constituency South (2009–2013)
Personal details
Born(1966-12-03)3 December 1966
Reykjavík, Iceland
Died8 February 2017(2017-02-08) (aged 50)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partyIndependence Party
Spouse(s)Tómas Már Sigurðsson
Alma materUniversity of Iceland
University of Reykjavik

Ólöf Nordal (3 December 1966 – 8 February 2017) was an Icelandic politician who was the Minister of the Interior of Iceland from 4 December 2014 to 11 January 2017. She died on 8 February 2017.[1][2] She was a member of the Independence Party.

Early life

Ólöf graduated from Reykjavík Upper Secondary School in 1986. She received a law degree from the University of Iceland in 1994 and an MBA from Reykjavík University in 2002.[3]


Ólöf worked as a teacher, lawyer, and in the administration prior to entering politics.[4]

She served as a department head in the Ministry of Transport and Communications from 1996 through 1999. Thereafter, she worked as a lawyer for the Iceland Stock Exchange from 1999 until 2001, and as an instructor of law at Bifröst University from 1999 until 2002, where she chaired the Business Law Department.

Between 2002 and 2004, she served as head of wholesale business at Landsvirkjun and director of sales at RARIK – Iceland State Electricity. During her tenure at RARIK, electricity sales were transferred to a separate company, Orkusalan, where Ólöf served as managing director until 2006.

Ólöf was elected to the Parliament of Iceland in 2007. She was a Member of Parliament for the Northeast Constituency from 2007 to 2009 and for the Reykjavík Constituency South from 2009 to 2013.

Panama Papers

Ólöf appeared in the leaked Panama Papers in connection with offshore holdings.[5] She was quoted as saying that she was "utterly surprised our names are on that list."[6]

Personal life

She was married to Tómas Már Sigurðsson and had four children.[4] She died of cancer on 8 February 2017, aged 50.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hafstað, Vala (8 February 2017). "Ólöf Nordal Dies". Iceland Review. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Forsetaúrskurður um breytingu á forsetaúrskurði nr. 72/2013, um skiptingu starfa ráðherra, sbr. forsetaúrskurð um breytingu á þeim úrskurði nr. 90/2014" (in Icelandic). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior". Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b Arnarsdóttir, Eygló Svala. "Ólöf Nordal Iceland's New Interior Minister". Iceland Review. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  5. ^ Henley, Jon (7 April 2016). "Icelandic opposition goes ahead with no confidence vote as new PM confirmed". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Iceland government ministers on tax haven list". icelandmonitor.mbl.is. Retrieved 7 April 2016.