Halldór Ásgrímsson

This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Halldór.
Halldór Ásgrímsson
22nd Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
15 September 2004  15 June 2006
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
Preceded by Davíð Oddsson
Succeeded by Geir Haarde
Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers
In office
1 January 2007  18 May 2015
Preceded by Per Unckel
Succeeded by Dagfinn Høybråten
Personal details
Born (1947-09-08)8 September 1947
Vopnafjörður, Iceland
Died 18 May 2015(2015-05-18) (aged 67)
Reykjavik, Iceland
Political party Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Sigurjóna Sigurðardóttir
Children 3
Alma mater Bifröst 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.

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.[2]


  1. Halfdanarson, Gudmundur (23 October 2008). "Historical Dictionary of Iceland". Scarecrow Press. Retrieved 3 September 2016 via Google Books.
  2. Arnarsdóttir, Eygló Svala (19 May 2015). "Former Prime Minister of Iceland Passes Away". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Minister of Fisheries
Succeeded by
Þorsteinn Pálsson
Preceded by
Jón Sigurðsson
Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs
Succeeded by
Óli Guðbjartssson
Preceded by
Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Geir Haarde
Preceded by
Davíð Oddsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
Succeeded by
Geir Haarde
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steingrímur Hermannsson
Leader of the Progressive Party
Succeeded by
Jón Sigurðsson
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