Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir

Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir (born 4 October 1973) is an Icelandic politician, and was the Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture 2017 – 2021. On 28 November 2021 she got a different portfolio and is now Minister of Tourism, Trade and Culture. She is a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for the Reykjavík South constituency since 2016.[1]

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir
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Minister of Tourism, Trade and Culture
Assumed office
28 November 2021
Prime MinisterKatrín Jakobsdóttir
Preceded byÞórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir
(Tourism, Industry, and Innovation)
Minister of Education, Science and Culture
In office
30 November 2017 – 28 November 2021
Prime MinisterKatrín Jakobsdóttir
Preceded byKristján Þór Júlíusson
Succeeded byÁsmundur Einar Daðason
(Education and Children's Affairs)
Deputy Chair of the Progressive Party
Assumed office
2 October 2016
LeaderSigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Preceded bySigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 April 2016 – 11 January 2017
Prime MinisterSigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Preceded byGunnar Bragi Sveinsson
Succeeded byGuðlaugur Þór Þórðarson
Personal details
Born (1973-10-04) 4 October 1973 (age 48)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political partyProgressive
SpouseMagnús Óskar Hafsteinsson

She has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the Icelandic Central Bank and was an economic advisor to Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson during his time as prime minister. Lilja was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sigurður Ingi Jóhannson's cabinet from 2016 to 2017, and has been the deputy chairperson of the Progressive Party since 2016. She has criticised Disney for having too few films and programmes with subtitles or dubbed in Icelandic. In 2021 she wrote to Tim Cook, CEO of tech giant Apple, asking him to help maintain Icelandic as a language by including it in the voice, text and language collection in their operative systems.[2]


  1. ^ "Lilja Alfreðsdóttir".
  2. ^ "Small languages need big language's help to reach IT giants – Nordic Labour Journal".
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Education, Science and Culture