Businesswoman and Investor Won Iceland’s Presidential Election

  • 03 Jun 2024

On June 2nd, 2024, Halla Tomasdottir, a businesswoman and investor, has won Iceland’s presidential election.

Key Points

  • She will take office on August 1, 2024.
  • She will replace President Gudni Th. Johannesson, who did not seek re-election after two four-year terms.
  • Vigdis Finnbogadottir was the first democratically elected female president of any nation when she became Iceland’s head of state in 1980.
  • Iceland’s president holds a largely ceremonial position in the parliamentary republic, acting as a guarantor of the constitution and national unity.
  • He or she, however, has the power to veto legislation or submit it to a referendum.