Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal

Ólafur Jóhannesson Ólafur Thors Prime Minister of Iceland

Benedikt Gröndal
17th Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
15 October 1979 – 8 February 1980
PresidentKristján Eldjárn
Preceded byÓlafur Jóhannesson
Succeeded byGunnar Thoroddsen
Personal details
Born(1924-07-07)7 July 1924
Önundarfjörður, Iceland
Died20 July 2010(2010-07-20) (aged 86)
Reykjavik, Iceland
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Alma materHarvard University
University of Oxford

Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal (7 July 1924 – 20 July 2010)[1] was Prime Minister of Iceland for the Social Democratic Party (Alþýðuflokkurinn) from 15 October 1979 to 8 February 1980. Prior to that he was Minister of Foreign Affairs 1978–1980. He was minister of foreign affairs during his tenure as PM, therefore the only politician from the independence 1944 to serve in both cabinet positions at the same time. His government was the second Social Democrat minority government of Iceland. He was member of Althingi from 1956 to 1982 and led his party from 1974 to 1980. He attended the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1966. After leaving the political scene in 1982 Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal was appointed ambassador of Iceland to Sweden and Finland. After residing for some years in Stockholm he served as roving ambassador to the Far East, including Australia, China, South Korea and Japan. After serving two years as representative to the United Nations Benedikt Gröndal retired to his native home in 1991. He died on 20 July 2010 at the age of 86.


  1. ^ Benedikt Gröndal dead (in Icelandic)