Iceland’s Grímsson one of world’s longest-serving Heads of State

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with his wife after his election victory ...

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with his wife after his election victory in 2008. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Friðrik Tryggvason

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has been President of Iceland for almost twenty years – and is looking to extend that to a possible 24.

His longevity as Head of State puts him very much at the top of the world table – in the company of a host of African dictators.

Only one non-royal Head of State in Europe has been in power longer than Iceland’s democratically elected President Grímsson, and that is President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko – often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictator’.

According to an analysis published by Icelandic news website Viðskiptablaðið (link in Icelandic), Grímsson is 17th on the world list of long-serving non-royal Heads of State – alongside some rather dubious names…

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