Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir is the next bishop of Iceland

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Reverend Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir was elected bishop of Iceland today.

The second round of the bishop’s elections ended at noon today and Helgudóttir received the most votes, 1,060 or 52,19 %. Rev. Guðmundur Karl Brynjarsson received 954 votes or 46,97%. The voter turnout was 88,85%, with 2,286 registered voters, 166 priests and deacons, and 2,119 registered voters. This is what the church announced today.

Rev. Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir will be ordained at Hallgrímskirkja on September 1.

Rev. Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir was born on April 27, 1969 in Reykjavík and her parents are Karl Magnús Kristjánsson and Helga Einarsdóttir. Her husband is Einar Örn Sveinbjörnsson and they have two daughters and two granddaughters.

She graduated with a BA degree in theology from the University of Iceland in the autumn of 1998 and a cand. theol. degree from the same school in 2000. She was responsible for child care at Árbæjarkirkja church and was a youth representative at Akranes church and Grafarvogur church in 1999-2000.

In this second round, the runners-up were Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir …

In this second round, the runners-up were Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir and Guðmundur Karl Brynjarsson. Composite image

In addition, she worked various jobs in churches in the capital area, such as Hjallakirkja and Seltjarnarneskirkja. She supervised a game program in Reykjavik, and she supervised a children’s program in Skálholt and Gautaborg.

Rev. Guðrún Karls Helgudóttir will be ordained as the bishop of Iceland at Hallgrímskirkja on Sunday, September 1.

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