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Aksel Vilhelmsson Johannesen (born 8 November 1972 in Klaksvík) is a Faroese lawyer and politician for the Social Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin) and a former footballer. He is the current prime minister of the Faroe Islands.[1]

Aksel V. Johannesen
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Aksel V. Johannesen, 2015
Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
Assumed office
15 September 2015
DeputyHøgni Hoydal
Preceded byKaj Leo Johannesen
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
5 March 2011
Preceded byJóannes Eidesgaard
Deputy Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands
In office
6 April 2011 – 14 November 2011
Prime MinisterKaj Leo Johannesen
Preceded byJacob Vestergaard
Succeeded byAnnika Olsen
Minister of Finance
In office
21 February 2011 – 14 November 2011
Prime MinisterKaj Leo Johannesen
Preceded byJóannes Eidesgaard
Succeeded byJørgen Niclasen
Minister of Health
In office
16 July 2009 – 21 February 2011
Prime MinisterKaj Leo Johannesen
Preceded byHans Pauli Strøm
Succeeded byJohn Johannessen
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
29 October 2011
Personal details
Aksel Vilhelmsson Johannesen

(1972-11-08) 8 November 1972 (age 46)
Klaksvík, Faroe Islands
Political partySocial Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin)
Spouse(s)Katrin Apol
ParentsJohild and Vilhelm Johannesen
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen

Association football career
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 KÍ Klaksvík 38 (3)
Total 38 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Political careerEdit

At the 2008 Faroese general election Aksel Johannesen was the party's 1st suppleant to the Løgting (Faroese Parliament), and sometimes he took seat in the parliament, especially for Andrias Petersen. He became minister of health on 16 July 2009, when John Johannessen declined the minister position after Hans Pauli Strøm stepped down. He resigned as minister of health and was assigned as minister of finance on 21 February and was at the same time elected president of the Social Democratic Party (Javnaðarflokkurin) on 5 March 2011.[2] On 6 April the same year, he was appointed as vice prime minister. His main task as the president of the Social Democratic Party was to make the party rise to its former strength again for the upcoming election for the Løgting.[3] On 14 November 2011 the cabinet was renewed and the Social Democratic Party was not a part of the new cabinet. Aksel Johannesen then became chairman of the Social Democratic Party on the Løgting.

At the Faroese general election on 1 September 2015, Johannesen's party won the election with 25.1% of the votes and he became prime minister. Johannesen himself got 2405 personal votes which was a new Faroese record. He broke the record of Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen from 2011 which was 1967 personal votes.[4]

Football careerEdit

Aksel V. Johannesen played football with his hometown club KÍ Klaksvík, mostly as a forward. Although not always an automatic choice in the best team, he made his contribution, as KÍ won the Faroese League in 1991 and National cup in 1994 (Johannesen came in as a substitute in 2-1 final victory against B71 Sandur).

Aksel V. Johannesen is also a noted runner, he was national 100 meters champion in 1994. He also played volleyball for Mjølnir, the club of Klaksvík.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

He is educated Master of Law from the University of Copenhagen in 2004, and worked as a lawyer in Tórshavn from 2007 until he became an active politician. He is former president of the football club of Klaksvík, Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag, where he used to play football in his youth.

Aksel V. Johannesen is the son of Vilhelm Johannesen,[6] a former Faroese politician.


  1. ^ Rana, Hallur av (15 September 2015). "Hetta er nýggja landsstýrið" (in Faroese). Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^, From the history of the Social Democratic Party of the Faroe Islands
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  4. ^ Samuelsen, Ingi (September 2, 2015). "Aksel breaks all records". Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via
  5. ^ - Dagur og vika 14. September 2015
  6. ^, Aksel V. Johannesen