Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson

Ólafur Thors Prime Minister of Iceland Althing

Stefán Stefánsson
10th Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
4 February 1947 – 6 December 1949
PresidentSveinn Björnsson
Preceded byÓlafur Thors
Succeeded byÓlafur Thors
Personal details
Born(1894-07-20)20 July 1894
Dagverðareyri, Iceland
Died20 October 1980(1980-10-20) (aged 86)
Political partySocial Democratic Party

Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson (20 July 1894 – 20 October 1980) was the first actual Minister of Foreign Affairs in Iceland from 18 November 1941 to 17 January 1942. He was Prime Minister of Iceland from 4 February 1947 to 6 December 1949. He was first elected to the Althing in 1934 but did not get reelected in 1937. From 1942 to 1953, he regained his seat in the Althing. He was chairman of the now defunct Social Democratic Party (Alþýðuflokkurinn) from 1938 to 1952. He was ambassador of Iceland in Denmark from 1957 to 1965.

He was minister for social affairs from 1939 to 1941 and Minister of Foreign and Social Affairs from 1941 to 1942. He was Prime-Minister when Island joined NATO in 1949.[1]

He was born in Dagverðareyri, Island. Stefansson gained his degree in Law in 1922. He was Social Affairs Minister in 1939 and Secretary of State in 1940–1942.[2]


  1. ^ Member states of NATO Retrieved on 30 Jan 2018
  2. ^ https://is.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefán_Jóhann_Stefánsson/ Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson] Retrieved on 30 Jan 2018