Þorsteinn Pálsson

Steingrímur Hermannsson Davíð Oddsson Halldór Ásgrímsson
Þorsteinn Pálsson
20th Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
8 July 1987 – 28 September 1988
PresidentVigdís Finnbogadóttir
Preceded bySteingrímur Hermannsson
Succeeded bySteingrímur Hermannsson
Minister of Fisheries
In office
30 April 1991 – 11 May 1999
Prime MinisterDavíð Oddsson
Preceded byHalldór Ásgrímsson
Succeeded byÁrni Mathiesen
Minister of Justice
In office
30 April 1991 – 11 May 1999
Prime MinisterDavíð Oddsson
Preceded byÓli Guðbjartsson
Succeeded bySólveig Pétursdóttir
Minister of Finance
In office
16 October 1985 – 8 July 1987
Prime MinisterSteingrímur Hermannsson
Preceded byAlbert Guðmundsson
Succeeded byJón Baldvin Hannibalsson
Personal details
Born (1947-10-29) 29 October 1947 (age 72)
Selfoss, Iceland
Political partyIndependence
Alma materUniversity of Iceland

Þorsteinn Pálsson (pronounced [ˈθɔr̥steitn ˈpʰaulsɔn]; born 29 October 1947) is a former Prime Minister of Iceland for the Independence Party. He served from 8 July 1987 to 28 September 1988.[1] Þorsteinn led the Independence Party from 1983 to 1991, when he lost an inner partial election to then vice-chairman of the party and mayor of Reykjavík, Davíð Oddsson.

Prior to his period as Prime Minister, Þorsteinn was Minister of Finance from 1985 to 1987.[2] He represented South Iceland in the Althing (Iceland's Parliament) from 1983 to 1999. When Davíð Oddsson formed his first government in 1991 he appointed Þorsteinn as Minister of Fisheries and Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs. He remained in this position until 1999. Later he became ambassador, first in London and later in Copenhagen. He was editor of the newspaper Fréttablaðið between 2006 and 2009.


  1. ^ Reuters. "PM resigns over Iceland's economy crisis." Toronto Star. 18 September 1988. p. E2.
  2. ^ "Fyrri ráðherrar | Fjármálaráðuneytið". web.archive.org. 25 March 2010.