Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Minister of the Interior (Iceland) Ólöf Nordal Independence Party (Iceland)
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Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir
Chair of the Executive Board of Women Political Leaders, Global Forum
Assumed office
4 April 2016
Prime MinisterSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Bjarni Benediktsson
Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Minister of the Interior
In office
23 May[citation needed] 2013[1] – 4 December 2014
Prime MinisterSigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Preceded byÖgmundur Jónasson
Succeeded byÓlöf Nordal
19th Mayor of Reykjavík
In office
21 August 2008 – 15 June 2010
Preceded byÓlafur Friðrik Magnússon
Succeeded byJón Gnarr
Personal details
Born (1966-10-12) 12 October 1966 (age 53)
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Political partyIndependence Party
Spouse(s)Vilhjálmur Jens Árnason
Alma mater

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir (born 12 October 1966)[2] is a former Icelandic minister, mayor and parliamentarian. She is currently the Chair of the Executive Board of Women Political Leaders, Global Forum.[3]

Before that, she was the Minister of Interior after getting elected to the Althing (Icelandic parliament) in 2013, and was Mayor of Reykjavík from 21 August 2008 to 15 June 2010,[4] the President for the City Council from 2006–2008 and Member of the City Council from 2002–2013. She represented the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkur).[5][6][7]

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir was born on 12 October 1966 to Aðalheiður J. Björnsdóttir and Kristján Ármannsson. She was born and raised in Hafnarfjörður.[2] She is married to business consultant Vilhjálmur Jens Árnason; they have two daughters.[2]

She obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science at the University of Iceland in 1991. After that, she got a master of science in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (1993).[2][7]

By 1995, she was a member of the Independence Party, becoming a member of committee of the party's district association in Austurbær and Norðurmýri.[2] She held various positions in the party, including Secretary General of the Parliamentary Group from 1995 to 1999 and Assistant Manager of the Independence Party from 1999 to 2006.[2]

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir was elected to the City Council of Reykjavík in 2002. From 2006 to 2008, she was the President of the City Council and the Chair of the Planning Committee. From 2008 to 2010 she was the Mayor of Reykjavík. In 2013, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir was elected to the Parliament of Iceland as the first MP for the Reykjavík South constituency.[2] In the same year, she was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Independence Party.[5][8]

She became Minister of the Interior in 2013.[2] On 21 November 2014, she resigned as Minister of the Interior as a response to one of her political assistant admitting leaking information regarding asylum seekers on 20 November 2013. Hanna Birna always claimed not having any knowledge of the wrongdoing of her assistant, but her resignation took effect on 4 December 2014 after the assistant pleaded guilty for the Reykjavík district court on 11 November 2014.[9]

In 2015, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir became Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Parliament of Iceland.[5] In 2016, she became the Chair of the Executive Board of Women Political Leaders, Global Forum.[3]


  1. ^ "Innanríkisráðherrar" (in Icelandic). Innanríkisráðuneytið. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Minister of the Interior". Reykjavik: Ministry of the Interior. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b womenpoliticalleaders.org
  4. ^ "Borgarstjórar í Reykjavík frá upphafi | Reykjavíkurborg" (in Icelandic). Reykjavik.is. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir". Reykjavik: Althing: Skrifstofa Alþingis. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Independents to Vote New Chair and Vice-Chair". Iceland Review. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir" (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Hanna Birna gefur ekki kost á sér sem varaformaður". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "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.