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.
|22nd Prime Minister of Iceland|
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|
1 January 2007 – 18 May 2015
|Preceded by||Per Unckel|
|Succeeded by||Dagfinn Høybråten|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
23 April 1995 – 15 September 2004
|Prime Minister||Davíð Oddsson|
|Preceded by||Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson|
|Succeeded by||Davíð Oddsson|
|Minister for Nordic Cooperation|
23 April 1995 – 11 May 1999
|Prime Minister||Davið Oddsson|
|Preceded by||Sighvatur Kristinn Björgvinsson|
|Succeeded by||Siv Friðleifsdóttir|
|Minister of Fisheries|
26 May 1983 – 30 April 1991
|Prime Minister||Steingrimur Hermannsson |
|Preceded by||Steingrimur Hermannsson|
|Succeeded by||Þorsteinn Pálsson|
|Minister of Justice|
28 September 1988 – 10 September 1989
|Prime Minister||Steingrimur Hermannsson|
|Preceded by||Jón Sigurðsson|
|Succeeded by||Óli Guðbjartssson|
|Born||8 September 1947|
|Died||18 May 2015 (aged 67)|
|Political party||Progressive Party|
|Alma mater||Bifröst University|
Education and early lifeEdit
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.
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. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Halldór put Iceland on the Coalition of the Willing, the alliance supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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.
- Halfdanarson, Gudmundur (23 October 2008). "Historical Dictionary of Iceland". Scarecrow Press.
- "Fjölskylda og vinir Halldórs kostuðu ritun ævisögu hans". Stundin. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
- Arnarsdóttir, Eygló Svala (19 May 2015). "Former Prime Minister of Iceland Passes Away". Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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Sighvatur Kristinn Björgvinsson
| Minister for Nordic Cooperation
| Prime Minister of Iceland
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| Leader of the Progressive Party