Rannveig Guðmundsdóttir

Rannveig Guðmundsdóttir (born September 15, 1940) is an Icelandic politician. She has served as a member of the Icelandic parliament, as Minister of Social Services in the Government of Iceland, and was President of the Nordic Council in 2005.

Rannveig Guðmundsdóttir
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Minister of Social Affairs
In office
12 November 1994 – 23 April 1995
Prime MinisterDavíð Oddsson
Preceded byGuðmundur Árni Stefánsson
Succeeded byPáll Bragi Pétursson
Personal details
BornSeptember 15, 1940 (1940-09-15) (age 79)
Ísafjörður, Kingdom of Iceland
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Social Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s)Sverrir Jónsson
OccupationIcelandic politician

Early lifeEdit

Rannveig was born in Ísafjörður, Iceland, the daughter of skipper (boating) Guðmundur Kr. Guðmundsson (born August 15, 1897, died January 12, 1961) and homemaker Sigurjóna Guðmundína Jónasdóttir (born January 14, 1903, died September 9, 1954). In 1960 she married technologist Sverrir Jónsson (born July 9, 1939). She studied computer programming 1970–1972 in Oslo, Norway and Reykjavík, Iceland.

Rannveig was an employee of the Post Office in Ísafjörður 1956–1962. Clerical work 1962–1963 and 1967–1968. Computer programmer for Loftleiðir Airlines 1972–1976.


Rannveig was a member of the council of Kópavogur 1978–1988. Political aide to the Minister of Social Services 1988–1989. Member of parliament from 1989 to 2007 for the Social Democratic Party and its successor, the Social Democratic Alliance. Appointed Minister of Social Affairs in the Government of Iceland November 12, 1994, served until April 23, 1995. President of the Nordic Council 2004 to 2005.

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