Steingrímur J. Sigfússon

Steingrímur Jóhann Sigfússon (born 4 August 1955) is an Icelandic politician. He has been a member of the Althing (Icelandic parliament) since 1983 and was the founding chairman of the Left-Green Movement (Vinstri hreyfingin – grænt framboð) from 1999 until 2013. He was the Minister for Agriculture and Communications from 1988 to 1991.[1] He was Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2011.[2] In 2011, he took on the roles of Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Minister of Economic Affairs.

Steingrímur J. Sigfússon
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Speaker of the Althing
In office
29 October 2017 – 25. September 2021
PresidentGuðni Th. Jóhannesson
Prime MinisterBjarni Benediktsson
Katrín Jakobsdóttir
Preceded byUnnur Brá Konráðsdóttir
Succeeded byBirgir Ármannsson
In office
29 October 2016 – 24 January 2017
PresidentGuðni Th. Jóhannesson
Prime MinisterSigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Bjarni Benediktsson
Preceded byEinar Kristinn Guðfinnsson
Succeeded byUnnur Brá Konráðsdóttir
Minister of Finance
In office
1 February 2009 – 2011
Prime MinisterJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded byÁrni Mathiesen
Succeeded byOddný G. Harðardóttir
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
In office
1 February 2009 – 10 May 2009
Prime MinisterJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded byEinar Kristinn Guðfinnsson
Succeeded byJón Bjarnason
In office
1 January 2012 – 23 May 2013
Prime MinisterJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded byJón Bjarnason
Succeeded bySigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Minister of Agriculture and Communications
In office
28 September 1988 – 30 April 1991
Prime MinisterSteingrímur Hermannsson
Preceded byJón Helgason (as Minister of Agriculture)
Mattías Á. Mathiesen (as Minister of Communications)
Succeeded byHalldór Blöndal
Personal details
Born (1955-08-04) 4 August 1955 (age 66)
Gunnarsstaðir, Þistilfjörður
Political partyLeft-Green Movement
Spouse(s)Bergný Marvinsdóttir
Alma materUniversity of Iceland

Steingrímur was born in Gunnarsstaðir, a large sheep farm between Garður and Þórshöfn in the Þistilfjörður region of northeast Iceland (Svalbarðshreppur municipality). In his younger days he was an avid sportsman, both track and field and also a volleyball player. On 16 January 2006, Steingrímur was injured in a car accident not far from Blönduós but later recovered.

He supported the end of the US military presence in Iceland, but believed Iceland itself should have taken the initiative in ending this presence. Since September 2006, when US forces left Naval Air Station Keflavik, he has strongly opposed any possible development of an Icelandic army seeing the country's need for armed forces as practically non-existent. He believes that civilian institutions such as the police and the coast guard should be organized in order to provide the needed protection in the unlikely event of a major disturbance.[3]

In November 2006, he published the book Við öll – Íslenskt velferðarsamfélag á tímamótum ("All of Us – Icelandic Welfare Society at Crossroads"), laying out his political ideology.[4][5]


  1. ^ Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Secretariat of Althingi, retrieved 29 January 2009
  2. ^ "Government of Iceland | Organisation Chart of the Ministry of Finance".
  3. ^ Sveinn Birkir Björnsson, "The Stories That Shaped the Year", Reykjavik Grapevine, retrieved 29 January 2009
  4. ^ Við öll – íslenskt velferðarsamfélag á tímamótum (2006) (in Icelandic), retrieved 29 January 2009
  5. ^ Steinunn Jakobsdóttir, "Defending the Welfare System", Reykjavik Grapevine, retrieved 29 January 2009

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Finance
2009 – 2011
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
2009 – 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Agriculture
1988 – 1991
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Communications
1988 – 1991
Preceded by Speaker of the Althing
2016 – 2017
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chairman of the Left-Green Movement
1999 – 2013
Succeeded by