Svavar Gestsson

Svavar Gestsson (26 June 1944 – 18 January 2021) was an Icelandic politician and Minister for Social Affairs (from February 1980 to May 1983), Minister for Culture and Education in the cabinet of Steingrímur Hermannsson (1988–1991), Member of Parliament (1978–1999), and Ambassador (1999–2009).[1]

Svavar Gestsson
Icelandic Minister of Commerce
In office
September 1, 1978 – October 15, 1979
Preceded byÓlafur Jóhannesson
Succeeded byKjartan Jóhannsson
Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs
In office
8 February 1980 – April 28, 1983
Preceded byMagnús Helgi Magnússon
Succeeded byAlexander Stefánsson
Icelandic Minister of Education
In office
28 September 1988 – 30 April 1991
Preceded byBirgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
Succeeded byÓlafur Garðar Einarsson
Ambassador of Iceland to Sweden
of  Iceland
to  Sweden
In office
30 August 2001 – 30 November 2005
Preceded byHörður H. Bjarnason
Succeeded byGuðmundur Árni Stefánsson
Ambassador of Iceland to Denmark
of  Iceland
to  Denmark
In office
22 November 2005 – 15 February 2012
Preceded byÞorsteinn Pálsson
Succeeded bySturla Sigurjónsson
Personal details
Born(1944-06-26)26 June 1944
Guðnabakki, Stafholtstungur, Iceland
Died18 January 2021(2021-01-18) (aged 76)
Spouse
Jónína Benediktsdóttir
(m. 1964, divorced)
Guðrún Ágústsdóttir
(m. 1993)
Children3
Parents
  • Gestur Zóphónías Sveinsson (* 3 October 1920, died 29 December 1980) Farmer (father)
  • Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir (* 28 March 1924) (mother)
Alma mater
  • 1964: Graduated MR.
  • in 1964 enrolled in law at the University.
  • from 1967 to 1968 studied in Berlin.

Diplomatic careerEdit

  • From 30 August 2001 to 30 November 2005 he was ambassador in Stockholm and from 21 February 2002 to 5 June 2006 concurrently accredited in Belgrade, Sofia, Tirana and Dhaka[2]
  • From 22 November 2005 to 15 February 2010 he was ambassador in Copenhagen and from 21 June 2006 to 16 December 2010 Ambassador of Iceland concurrently to Turkey, Israel, Rumenia, Tunis.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kolbeinn Tumi Daðason (18 January 2021). "Svavar Gestsson er látinn". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. ^ The International Who's Who 2004, Europa Publications, p. 601

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