Gunnar Thoroddsen (pronounced [ˈkʏnːar ˈtʰouːrɔtˌsɛn]) (29 December 1910 – 25 September 1983) was the prime minister of Iceland from 1980 to 1983.

Gunnar Thoroddsen
18th Prime Minister of Iceland
In office
8 February 1980 – 26 May 1983
PresidentKristján Eldjárn
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Preceded byBenedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal
Succeeded bySteingrímur Hermannsson
Minister of Finance
In office
20 November 1959 – 8 May 1965
Prime MinisterOlafur Thors
Bjarni Benediktsson
Preceded byGuðmundur Guðmundsson
Succeeded byMagnús Jónsson
Mayor of Reykjavík
In office
10 February 1947 – 19 November 1959
Preceded byBjarni Benediktsson
Succeeded byAuður Auðuns
Personal details
Born(1910-12-29)29 December 1910
Reykjavík, Iceland
Died25 September 1983(1983-09-25) (aged 72)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partyIndependence
Alma materUniversity of Iceland

Gunnar was the youngest man ever elected to the Althing, Iceland's Parliament. He was 23 years old when he was elected as Member of Parliament in 1934. He served as an ambassador of Iceland in Denmark from 1965 to 1969 when he ran for the presidency of Iceland in 1968. He wished to succeed his father in law, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, who served as president from 1952 to 1968. Gunnar had been mayor of Reykjavík from 1947 to 1959 and Minister of Finance of Iceland from 1959 to 1965.[1] He was minister of industry and a social welfare minister in the cabinet of Geir Hallgrímsson 28 August 1974 to 27 June 1978.

Gunnar and Geir were not in agreement and the disagreement led to Gunnar breaking away from the will of the Independence Party with a few members of parliament and forming a cabinet with the Progressive Party and the People's Alliance, that replaced a minority government of Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal. By forming his government Gunnar became the oldest prime minister in Iceland's history at the age of 69. Gunnar did not run in the 1983 elections for parliament, due to his illness, and ended his involvement in politics when his cabinet was succeeded by Steingrímur Hermannsson's cabinet. He died shortly thereafter.

References Edit

  1. ^ "Fyrri ráðherrar | Fjármálaráðuneytið". March 25, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-25.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Iceland
Succeeded by