Halldór Ásgrímsson

Steingrímur Hermannsson Geir Haarde Davíð Oddsson

Halldór Ásgrímsson
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22nd Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
15 September 2004 – 15 June 2006
PresidentÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
Preceded byDavíð Oddsson
Succeeded byGeir Haarde
Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers
In office
1 January 2007 – 18 May 2015
Preceded byPer Unckel
Succeeded byDagfinn Høybråten
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
23 April 1995 – 15 September 2004
Prime MinisterDavíð Oddsson
Preceded byJón Baldvin Hannibalsson
Succeeded byDavíð Oddsson
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
In office
23 April 1995 – 11 May 1999
Prime MinisterDavið Oddsson
Preceded bySighvatur Kristinn Björgvinsson
Succeeded bySiv Friðleifsdóttir
Minister of Fisheries
In office
26 May 1983 – 30 April 1991
Prime MinisterSteingrimur Hermannsson
Þorsteinn Pálsson
Preceded bySteingrimur Hermannsson
Succeeded byÞorsteinn Pálsson
Minister of Justice
In office
28 September 1988 – 10 September 1989
Prime MinisterSteingrimur Hermannsson
Preceded byJón Sigurðsson
Succeeded byÓli Guðbjartssson
Personal details
Born(1947-09-08)8 September 1947
Vopnafjörður, Iceland
Died18 May 2015(2015-05-18) (aged 67)
Reykjavik, Iceland
Political partyProgressive Party
Spouse(s)Sigurjóna Sigurðardóttir
Alma materBifröst University

Halldór Ásgrímsson (pronounced [ˈhalːtour ˈaːuskrimsɔn]; 8 September 1947 – 18 May 2015) was an Icelandic politician, who served as Prime Minister of Iceland from 2004 to 2006 and was leader of the Progressive Party from 1994 to 2006.[1]

Education and early life

Halldór studied at the Co-operative College in Bifröst, and became a certified public accountant in 1970. He later completed graduate commerce studies at the Universities of Bergen and Copenhagen, and worked as a lecturer at the University of Iceland from 1973 to 1975.

Political career

He represented the East constituency as a member of the Althing (Icelandic Parliament) from 1974 to 1978 and from 1979 to 2003, when he was elected to represent the Reykjavík North constituency. Over the years, he has served in a large number of ministerial portfolios, namely as Minister of Fisheries from 1983 to 1991, Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs from 1988 to 1989, Minister for Nordic Cooperation from 1985 to 1987 and 1995 to 1999 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2004. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Halldór put Iceland on the Coalition of the Willing, the alliance supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[2]

Halldór took over as Prime Minister on 15 September 2004, succeeding Independence Party leader Davíð Oddsson, while Davíð replaced Halldór as Foreign Minister.

On 5 June 2006, following poor results in municipal elections, Halldór announced his resignation as Prime Minister and stated that he intended to step down as leader of the Progressive Party in August 2006. Geir H. Haarde, the Foreign Minister of Iceland, succeeded him on 15 June 2006.

Halldór Ásgrímsson's successor as Progressive Party leader was Jón Sigurðsson, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, who was elected at the party's convention in August 2006. At the convention Halldór ended his political career with an emotional and dynamic farewell speech to the party. Halldór resigned as MP after the convention; he was the longest serving MP at the time.

On 31 October 2006, Halldór was chosen as the Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Halldór Ásgrímsson was an Honorary Member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. He died of a heart attack at a Reykjavik hospital in May 2015.[3]


  1. ^ Halfdanarson, Gudmundur (23 October 2008). "Historical Dictionary of Iceland". Scarecrow Press.
  2. ^ "Fjölskylda og vinir Halldórs kostuðu ritun ævisögu hans". Stundin. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ Arnarsdóttir, Eygló Svala (19 May 2015). "Former Prime Minister of Iceland Passes Away". Retrieved 3 September 2016.