World’s first gay prime minister in Iceland


This video is called Protest outside Icelandic Parliament on 13 December 2008.

From British daily The Independent:

World gets its first gay head of state

The Independent gets this wrong. Prime Ministers in Iceland, and elsewhere, are head of the government. While in Iceland the president, and in Britain the queen, is head of state.

Former air hostess sworn in as Icelandic premier after economic collapse

By Andy McSmith

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Johanna Sigurdardottir is Iceland’s new Prime Minister

The first government collapse of the global economic crisis is about to yield the world’s first openly-gay leader. Johanna Sigurdardottir, a former air hostess, is expected to be sworn in as Iceland’s Prime Minister by the end of the week.

Her moment in the international spotlight comes at the most horrendous moment in her nation’s recent history. As the global meltdown began, the collapse of Iceland’s grossly over-leveraged economy was followed smartly by the implosion of its banks and currency. Now its government has gone the same way, the first to succumb to the backwash from the crisis. …

She entered politics via the labour movement, was first elected to parliament in 1978 and was given her first ministerial office in 1987. She will be Prime Minister of a minority caretaker government composed of her Social Democratic Alliance and the Left-Greens, with outside support. It is only expected to hold office for two or three months, until fresh elections are called. …

Geir Haarde, the former prime minister, endured months of angry protests over his poor handling of the economy; demonstrators pelted his car with eggs and police were forced to use tear gas on the streets for the first time in 50 years. Compare that to a poll in November that gave Ms Sigurdardottir a 73 per cent approval rating, she was the only minister to improve on the previous year’s score.

“She is often described as the only politician who really cares about the little guy,” wrote Icelandic journalist Iris Erlingsdottir in a blog this week.

See also here. And here. And here.

Iceland to be fast-tracked into the EU: here.

Iceland update April 2009: here. And here.

Poem about Iceland: here.

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