Jóhanna considered best Icelandic PM

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, PM 2009-13.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, PM 2009-13. Photo: Kristinn

A majority of Icelanders feel that Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has been the best Icelandic Prime Minister in recent years, according to a recent Gallup opinion poll.

43.1% of respondents chose Sigurðardóttir as their choice for the Prime Minister who had done the best job of the six most recent holders of the top post.

Next came Davíð Odds­son (Iceland’s longest-serving PM – 1991-2004) with 27.7%, followed by Steingrímur Hermannsson (1983-87), with 12.1%.

Davíð Oddsson, PM 1991-2004.

Davíð Oddsson, PM 1991-2004. Photo: Ómar Óskarsson

Just 9.5% of respondents consider that current PM, Sigurður Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has done the best job. He is followed in the list by Geir Haarde (2006-09), with 5.3%, and Halldór Ásgrímsson (2004-06), with 2.3%.

Sigurðardóttir was Prime Minister of Iceland 2009-13, in the turbulent times after the banking and financial collapse of 2008 – a period which saw Iceland begin its battle back from economic turmoil to relative stability.

Sigurðardóttir also attracted international attention as Iceland’s first female Prime Minister and the world’s first openly homosexual head of government.

Steingrímur Hermannsson, PM 1983-87.

Steingrímur Hermannsson, PM 1983-87. Photo: Frikki




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