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Siv Friðleifsdóttir (born 10 August 1962) (transliterated Siv Fridleifsdottir) is an Icelandic politician. Rarely used full name is Björg Siv Juhlin Friðleifsdóttir. She is half-Norwegian and she partly grew up in Norway, where she spent almost every summer next to the Oslofjord with her grandparents.[1] She was a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for the Progressive Party for the Reykjanes constituency from 1995 to 2003 and has represented the Southwest Iceland constituency since 2003. She has been Chairman of the Progressive Party parliamentary group since 2007, and was Minister of Health and Social Security from 2006 to 2007, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Nordic Cooperation from 1999 to 2004.[2]

Siv Friðleifsdóttir
Siv Fridleifsdottir (F) ordforande i Nordiska radets valfardsutskott, Nordiska radets mote i Stavanger. 2008-04-15.jpg
Minister of Health and Social Security
Assumed office
15 June 2006
Prime Minister Geir Haarde
Preceded by Jón Kristjánsson
Succeeded by Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson (as Minister of Health)
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (as Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security)
Minister for the Environment
In office
Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson; Halldór Ásgrímsson; Geir Haarde
Preceded by Guðmundur Bjarnason
Succeeded by Sigríður Anna Þórðardóttir
Personal details
Born (1962-08-10) 10 August 1962 (age 56)
Oslo, Norway
Political party Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Þorsteinn Húnbogason
Children Two sons (b. 1985, 1993)
Alma mater University of Iceland

One of her notable policies was to make it illegal for strip clubs (and strippers) to operate in Iceland. This was made possible by parliament trying to develop feminist policies.[3][4] Iceland's sex industry has been shut down by feminist politicians on 30 July 2010.[3][4] Under Siv's law, Iceland has become the first European country to ban strip clubs.[3][4]


  1. ^ [1].
  2. ^ CV at Althing website.
  3. ^ a b c "Iceland's Strip Club Ban". UPI. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Legislation Bans Stripping in Iceland". Iceland Review. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
Political offices
Preceded by
Guðmundur Bjarnason
Minister for the Environment
Succeeded by
Sigríður Anna Þórðardóttir
Preceded by
Halldór Ásgrímsson
Minister for Nordic Cooperation
Succeeded by
Valgerður Sverrisdóttir
Preceded by
Jón Kristjánsson
Minister of Health and Social Security
Succeeded by
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson
as Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
as Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security