April 30, 1991 – September 15, 2004
|President||Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (until 1996)|
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (from 1996)
|Preceded by||Steingrímur Hermannsson|
|Succeeded by||Halldór Ásgrímsson|
27 May 1982 – 16 July 1991
|Preceded by||Egill Skúli Ingibergsson|
|Succeeded by||Markús Örn Antonsson|
|Born||January 17, 1948 |
|Political party||Independence Party|
Davíð Oddsson (IPA: [ˈtaːvið ˈɔtsɔn]) (born 17 January 1948 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic politician and the longest-serving Prime Minister of Iceland, holding office from 1991 to 2004. The Prime Minister of Iceland (Forsætisráðherra Íslands is Iceland 's Head of government. Events 313 - Roman emperor Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Events 668 - Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse Italy. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Vigdís Finnbogadóttir ( (born 15 April 1930) was the fourth president of Iceland, serving from 1980 to 1996 Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson ( (born 14 May 1943) is the fifth and current President of Iceland. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Steingrímur Hermannsson (ˈsteinkrimur ˈhɛrmanˌsɔn (born June 22, 1928) was Prime Minister of Iceland. Halldór Ásgrímsson (ˈhaltour ˈauːskrimˌsɔn (born September 8, 1947) was Prime Minister of Iceland from 2004 to 2006 and leader of the The post of Mayor of Reykjavík was incepted in 1907 and advertised in 1908. Events 927 - Simeon the Great, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies 1120 - Richard III of Capua is anointed Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Events 622 - The beginning of the Islamic calendar. 1054 - Three Roman legates fractured relations between the Western and Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Markús Örn Antonsson (born 25 May 1943 in Reykjavík, Iceland) was the Mayor of Reykjavík from 1991 to 1994 Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For the Greater Reykjavík Area see the Greater Reykjavík Area. Iceland, officially the Republic of Iceland ( ( Ísland or Lýðveldið Ísland ( The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For the Greater Reykjavík Area see the Greater Reykjavík Area. Iceland, officially the Republic of Iceland ( ( Ísland or Lýðveldið Ísland ( The Prime Minister of Iceland (Forsætisráðherra Íslands is Iceland 's Head of government. He also served as foreign minister from 2004 to 2005. A minister for foreign affairs, or foreign minister, is a governmental cabinet minister who helps form the Foreign policy of a sovereign nation Previously, he was mayor of Reykjavík from 1982 to 1991, and since 2005 he has chaired the board of governors of the Central Bank of Iceland. A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning "greater" is a modern title used in many countries for the highest ranking officer in a municipal government The Central Bank of Iceland (Seðlabanki Íslands is the Central bank or reserve bank of Iceland.
Davíð Oddsson was born in Reykjavík. For the Greater Reykjavík Area see the Greater Reykjavík Area. His father was a medical doctor, and his mother a secretary. His parents were not married, and he was brought up in his maternal grandfather’s home in Selfoss, a small town in the south of Iceland, until his grandfather died. He then he moved with his mother and grandmother to Reykjavik. He took an early interest in acting and attended an acting school for a while. He also attended the gymnasium Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík where he graduated in the spring of 1970. A gymnasium (pronounced with ɡ- in several languages is a type of school providing Secondary education in some parts of Europe, comparable to English grammar Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík or MR is the oldest gymnasium ( Icelandic: Menntaskóli) in Reykjavík, Iceland There, he became well-known for his interpretation of the leading role (the king) in Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu roi, set up by the students and shown on television. Alfred Jarry ( 8 September 1873 &ndash 1 November 1907) was a French Writer born in Laval, Mayenne Ubu Roi (King Ubu is a play by Alfred Jarry. It first appeared in 1896 and is widely thought to be the theatrical herald of the Absurdist He was also "Inspector scholae" -- president of the Student Association. In the autumn of 1970, Davíð married Ástríður Thorarensen, a nurse; they have one son. The next six years, Davíð read law at the University of Iceland, working almost full-time as well. The University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands is an Icelandic State university, founded in 1911 He was assistant to the director of a small theatre (now the Borgarleikhúsið) for a while, and produced, with two friends, a popular radio comedy show for two years; he was for a while a political commentator at the newspaper Morgunblaðið, and the director of publication of Almenna bókafélagið, a conservative publishing house. Morgunblaðið ( The Morning Paper) is a Newspaper published in Iceland, founded by Vilhjálmur Finsen. In 1973, Davíð translated a book by the Estonian émigré writer Andres Küng on the communist oppression in Estonia. Andres Küng ( September 13, 1945 &ndash December 10, 2002) was a Swedish Journalist, Writer, Entrepreneur Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia ( Eesti or Eesti Vabariik) is a Country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region Upon receiving his law degree in 1976, Davíð became a managing director of Sjúkrasamlag Reykjavíkur (the Reykjavík Public Health Insurance Company). He had been elected to the Municipal Council in Reykjavík in 1974, for the Independence Party. For the Greater Reykjavík Area see the Greater Reykjavík Area. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland.
Davíð Oddsson was a member of a group of young conservative-libertarians within the Independence Party who felt that the party should support more strongly attempts to extend economic freedom in the heavily regulated Icelandic economy. Perlan (English The Pearl) is a landmark building in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. A revolving restaurant is a Restaurant on a revolving Floorplate. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. Economic freedom is freedom to produce trade and consume any goods and services acquired without the use of force fraud or theft The group included Þorsteinn Pálsson, Geir H. Haarde, Jón Steinar Gunnlaugsson, Kjartan Gunnarsson, Magnús Gunnarsson, Brynjólfur Bjarnason and Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson, and they published the magazine Eimreiðin from 1972 to 1975; in the following years they followed with interest what was happening in the United Kingdom under Margaret Thatcher and in the United States under Ronald Reagan; they also read books and articles by and about Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and James M. Buchanan, who all visited Iceland in the early 1980s and whose messages of limited governments, privatisation, and liberalisation of the economy had a wide impact. Þorsteinn Pálsson (ˈθɔr̥steitn ˈpʰaulsɔn (born 29 October 1947) was Prime Minister of Iceland for the Independence Party Brynjólfur Bjarnason (b 1898 was an Icelandic communist politician Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson (born February 19 1953 is a professor of Political science at the University of Iceland, a frequent commentator on current affairs The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Margaret Hilda Thatcher Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925 The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Milton Friedman (July 31 1912 November 16 2006 was an American Nobel Laureate Economist and Public intellectual. Friedrich August von Hayek CH ( May 8, 1899 March 23, 1992) was an Austrian British Economist James McGill Buchanan Jr (born October 3 1919 is an American Economist renowned for his work on Public choice theory, for which he won the 1986 Privatization is the incidence or process of transferring ownership of business from the Public sector (government to the Private sector (business Davíð got a chance to further his ideals when, in 1982, the Independence Party, under his leadership, regained the majority in the Reykjavík Municipal Council which it had lost four years earlier to three left-wing parties. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. Davíð swiftly reduced the number of Council members from 21 to 15, and merged the largest fishing firm in Reykjavik which belonged to the municipality and had been a huge burden, with a private fishing firm and then sold off the municipality’s assets in the new firm, Grandi, now one of the biggest fishing firms in Iceland. Incidentally, the director of Grandi, Brynjólfur Bjarnason, who oversaw what was Davíð’s first privatisation, later became the director of the Icelandic Telephone Company which turned out to be Davíð’s last privatisation in government (2005). Brynjólfur Bjarnason (b 1898 was an Icelandic communist politician As Mayor of Reykjavík, Davíð had a City Hall built by the Reykjavík pond (there had never been a City Hall in Reykjavík), and a big restaurant, Perlan, revolving over the old water tanks in Öskjuhlíð. Perlan (English The Pearl) is a landmark building in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Despite his libertarian leanings, Davíð also generously supported the Reykjavík City Theatre, in particular the building of a new theatre house which was opened in 1989. Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the In the nine years when Davíð was Mayor of Reykjavík, a whole new district, Grafarvogur, was built and also a new shopping area around the shopping mall Kringlan. Grafarvogur is one of the largest residential Suburbs of Reykjavík, Iceland. Kringlan is one of the largest shopping malls in Reykjavík with over 170 shops restaurants and services A forceful and uncompromising Mayor of Reykjavík, Davíð was much-criticized by the left-wing opposition in the Municipal Council.
In 1983, Davíð Oddsson’s old friend and ally, Þorsteinn Pálsson, had been elected leader of the Independence Party, and in 1989 Davíð had been elected deputy leader, or Vice-Chairman of the Party. Þórarinn Eldjárn is an Icelandic writer born in 1949 He studied at the University of Lund and the University of Iceland. Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson (born February 19 1953 is a professor of Political science at the University of Iceland, a frequent commentator on current affairs Þorsteinn Pálsson (ˈθɔr̥steitn ˈpʰaulsɔn (born 29 October 1947) was Prime Minister of Iceland for the Independence Party The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. After Þorsteinn Pálsson had to resign as Prime Minister in 1988, after falling out with the leaders of his two coalition parties, there was a widespread feeling in the party that its leadership should be changed, and much pressure on Davíð to stand against Þorsteinn. The Prime Minister of Iceland (Forsætisráðherra Íslands is Iceland 's Head of government. This he did in 1991, and became leader of the Independence Party. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. Under Davíð Oddsson’s leadership, in the parliamentary elections of 1991, the Independence Party regained most of the support it had lost in 1987 when it had been severely weakened because of a split in its ranks. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. In record time, Davíð formed a coalition government with the social democrats, Alþýðuflokkurinn, whose leader, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, became Minister of Foreign Affairs. Alþýðuflokkurinn (The Social Democratic Party was an Icelandic Political Party based on social democratic ideas Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson (Born February 21 1939) Son of Hannibal Valdimarsson. Jón Baldvin and Davíð jointly decided that Iceland should become the first state to recognise the reinstatement of the sovereignty and independence of the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, after the fall of Soviet Union. Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia ( Eesti or Eesti Vabariik) is a Country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region Latvia ( Latvija officially the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republika is a Country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region. Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublika is a Country in Eastern often referred to as Northern Europe or in the
Davíð’s government inherited a huge government deficit and a backlog of public malinvestments; much money had been invested, for example, in fish farming, with little result. Inflationary pressures were also building up, while some fish stocks in the Icelandic waters were being depleted. The government deficit was turned into a surplus in 1996, not least because of the close cooperation between Davíð and Friðrik Sophusson, the Minister of Finance, who had also been a prominent young libertarian. Friðrik Sophusson or Fridrik Sophusson, (born in Reykjavík on October 18, 1943) is an Icelandic politician and the current director Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the There has been a surplus almost continuously since then, which has been used to reduce the public debt, and also to reform the pension system, which is now almost wholly self-supporting. Monetary constraints were imposed by making the Central Bank largely independent of any political pressures. The Central Bank of Iceland (Seðlabanki Íslands is the Central bank or reserve bank of Iceland. It also helped the Davíð Oddsson government that there was a consensus between the labour unions and the employers that the rampant inflation of the 1980s, with huge, but largely meaningless, nominal wage increases, could not go on; therefore, in 1990, the unions and the employers had signed a “National Accord”, whereby wage increased would be moderate, and government would be assisted in bringing down inflation. Since 1991, inflation in Iceland has been on a level with the neighbouring countries.
In the first four years of Davíð’s first government, also some small companies were privatised.
In 1994, the Social Democratic Party split, and as a result they suffered a huge loss in the 1995 parliamentary elections. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. While in theory the coalition government maintained its majority, it only consisted of one seat. Davíð Oddsson therefore decided to form a coalition with the Progressive Party. The Progressive Party ( Framsóknarflokkurinn) is an agrarian, liberal and centrist party in Iceland. The leader of the Progressive Party, Halldór Ásgrímsson, became Minister of Foreign Affairs. Halldór Ásgrímsson (ˈhaltour ˈauːskrimˌsɔn (born September 8, 1947) was Prime Minister of Iceland from 2004 to 2006 and leader of the In the new government, privatisation was continued on a much greater scale than before: a big and important chain of fish processing plants was sold; semi-public or public investment funds were merged and sold as a private investment bank; the two commercial banks under government control were sold in a few stages, and are now wholly private; in 2005, as noted previously, the state-owned Icelandic telephone company Siminn was also privatised. Síminn, previously named Landssíminn, is an Icelandic telecommunications company The two coalition parties worked together to stabilise the legal framework in the fisheries: They accepted the loud demand by many people that a charge would be imposed on the holders of fishing quotas.
Davíð’s two governments have been staunch allies of the United States and strongly in support of NATO, of which Iceland is a founding member. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The North Atlantic Treaty Davíð firmly supported the actions undertaken by the U. S. and its allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, taking much criticism from the Icelandic Left. Afghanistan /æfˈgænɪstæn/ officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ( Pashto: د افغانستان اسلامي جمهوریت, For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics. After the fall of the Soviet Union, there has been some uncertainty about whether the United States defence force could or should remain in Iceland, having been invited there in 1951, at the height of the Cold War. Cold War is the state of conflict tension and competition that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR and their respective allies from the The incumbent Icelandic government believes that the U. S. should continue to commit itself to the defence of Iceland, while it has also made clear its willingness to share in the costs of maintaining the arrangements. Davíð has not been enthusiastic about joining the European Union (EU), unlike the leadership of the Social Democratic party. The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in A vocal supporter of free market policies, Davíð has publicly expressed doubts about the dirigiste tendencies of the European Union; he has also feels that Iceland, as a prosperous high-income nation, would contribute much more to the EU than it would get back; again, most notably, the country would have to cede control to Brussels of the Icelandic waters, fought over and gained in the many “cod wars” of the past. Dirigisme (from the French) (in English also "dirigism" although per the OED both spellings are used is an Economic term designating an economy The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in The Cod Wars, also called the Iceland Cod Wars ( Icelandic: Þorskastríðin, "the cod wars" or Landhelgisstríðin, "the
The latter Davíð Oddsson government (since 1995) embarked on a course of tax cuts. It cut the corporate income tax down to 18%; it abolished the net wealth tax; it lowered the personal income tax; and it lowered the inheritance tax. It is fair to say that the combination of the opening up of the economy, fiscal and monetary stabilisation have together created an entrepreneurial climate in Iceland. Since 1995, there has been record economic growth in the country, with the real average income of individual households increasing by more than 17% while the income of the wealth household has increased more than 45%. Icelanders have also been busily investing in other countries, especially the United Kingdom and Denmark.
As a young man, Davíð Oddsson authored or co-authored several plays for the stage and for television. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. See also Executive Office of the President of the United States The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the Official residence Events 1044 - The Battle of Ménfő takes place 1189 - Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " During his days as political leader, he pursued his literary interests as well, and in 1997, he published a collection of short stories, Nokkrir góðir dagar án Guðnýjar, which became a best-seller in Iceland. Davíð celebrated his 50th birthday at a huge reception in Perlan, paid for by the Independence Party, and his friends published a festschrift of more than 500 pages where many of the most distinguished writers, scholars and politicians of Iceland contributed papers. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. In Academia, a Festschrift (/ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft/ Plural, Festschriften, /ˈfɛstˌʃrɪf In the 1999 parliamentary elections, Davíð’s Independence Party retained strong support, despite the attempt by a former government minister of the Party, Sverrir Hermannsson, to establish a splinter party: the minister had been made director of the National Bank of Iceland and had had to resign because of financial irregularities. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. In 2002, Davíð published another collection of short stories, Stolið frá höfundi stafrófsins, which was also well-received.
However, in that same year, 2002, there began a controversy in Iceland about the company Baugur, owned by the successful entrepreneurs Jóhannes Jónsson and his son, Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. Jóhannes Jónsson is an Icelandic businessman and one of the founders and current owners of the investment company Baugur Group. Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson (born 27 January 1968 Reykjavík, Iceland) is the CEO of Baugur Group. A giant on the Icelandic scene, Baugur controlled the majority of the retailing business in Iceland: in parliament, the then-leader of the social democratic party Össur Skarphéðinsson called for a closer supervision on possible monopoly pricing, specifically mentioning this company. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. Össur Skarphéðinsson (born June 19 1953) is an Icelandic politician Davíð said he agreed in general. In the summer of 2002, the Icelandic police raided the headquarters of Baugur, after a disgruntled former employee in their American operations had produced what he claimed was evidence of financial irregularities. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. The two main owners of Baugur did not take kindly to this and accused Davíð of being behind a campaign against them. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. They bought a newspaper, Fréttablaðið, which is sent free of charge into every household in Iceland. The paper opposed Davíð in the bitterly fought 2003 parliamentary election when there was talk of corruption, bribery and abuse of the police. In a speech on February 9 2003, the main spokesperson of the social democratic party, Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, suggested that Davíð might be responsible for the tax investigation of businessman Jón Ólafsson, then owner of a private television station, and also for the police raid on Baugur. Early life Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir is born in Reykjavik on December 31 1954, the daughter of Salesman Gísli Gíslason (born Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, she asked: "Are you a friend of the Prime Minister or are you not; that is the question". William Shakespeare ( baptised
After the 2003 elections, Davíð Oddsson and the leader of his coalition party, Halldór Ásgrímsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, agreed that Davíð should remain Prime Minister until 15 September 2004, at which time Halldór would become Prime Minister, and that the Independence Party would, in exchange for relinquishing the Prime Minister’s post, gain an additional ministry in the government from its partner. The Mont Pelerin Society is an international organization composed of economists, intellectuals business leaders and others who favour Classical liberalism; the Halldór Ásgrímsson (ˈhaltour ˈauːskrimˌsɔn (born September 8, 1947) was Prime Minister of Iceland from 2004 to 2006 and leader of the In 2004 the Davíð Oddsson government became embroiled in controversy, as Davíð introduced a bill which would have made it impossible for large private companies to own more than 15% in any one media, and under which newspapers and television stations could not be owned by the same companies. Davíð argued that this was to prevent concentration of the media in the hands a few people, and to enable the media to remain independent and critical not only towards politicians, but also towards financial moguls. His critics maintained, however, that the proposal was directly aimed at Baugur which Davíð was, they said, obviously regarding as a political enemy. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. By then, Baugur had bought another newspaper, the television station from Jón Ólafsson and a few radio stations, and controlled more than half of the media market. In a much-softened version, parliament passed the media bill proposed by the government. But then, for the first time in the history of the Icelandic Republic, in the summer of 2004, the president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, refused to sign the bill into law. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson ( (born 14 May 1943) is the fifth and current President of Iceland. Davíð bitterly criticized this, pointing out that the director of the television station formerly owned by Jón Ólafsson and recently bought by Baugur, Sigurður G. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. Guðjónsson, had been Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson’s campaign manager in his first presidential campaign, in 1996, and that Ólafur’s daughter was employed by Baugur. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. However, Baugur enjoys considerable goodwill in Iceland because their shops offer lower prices than are to be found elsewhere, while their owners are seen as an embodiment of an Icelandic dream of rags-to-riches; many also agreed that the media bill seemed to be a part of a political duel rather than an attempt to make general law. Baugur Group ( in Icelandic, otherwise often) is an Icelandic Investment company. The conclusion of a long struggle was that Davíð Oddsson withdrew the bill instead of holding a national referendum on it, as required by the Icelandic constitution if the president refuses to sign a bill into law.
During his almost 14 years as Prime Minister, Davíð became acquainted with, or friend of, many Western leaders, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Václav Klaus and Silvio Berlusconi. William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. Václav Klaus (ˈvaːtslaf ˈklaʊ̯s born 19 June 1941) is the second President of the Czech Republic (since 2003 reelected 2008 and a former (born 29 September 1936 is an Italian politician, Entrepreneur, Real estate and Insurance Tycoon, Bank and Media proprietor He has occasionally attended the meetings of the Bilderberg Group, and he has read a paper to the Mont Pelerin Society. The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an unofficial annual invitation-only conference of around The Mont Pelerin Society is an international organization composed of economists, intellectuals business leaders and others who favour Classical liberalism; the But he only served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for one year. In the autumn of 2005, Davíð announced that he would leave politics. He said that he felt that the time had come for a new generation to take over. His close ally over many years, Geir H. Haarde, replaced him, both as leader of the Independence Party and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Independence Party ( Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) is a Right-wing Political party in Iceland. It may have contributed to Davíð’s decision, that a year earlier he had had a short, but dramatic, bout with cancer, soon after the crisis about the presidential refusal to sign the media bill into law. He was however fully cured and in October 2005, he became the Governor of the Central Bank. The Central Bank of Iceland (Seðlabanki Íslands is the Central bank or reserve bank of Iceland.
By Icelandic standards, Davíð Oddsson’s career is very successful. He was only 34 years old when he became Mayor of Reykjavík, and only 43 years when he formed his first government. He served as Prime Minister for over 13 years, longer than any other Icelandic politician. During Davíð's time as Prime Minister, the polls consistently showed him to be the most popular politician in the country; at the same time, however, he was often (but not always) the least popular politician. One reason for the controversy around Davíð may be related to his implementation of wide-ranging and radical free-market reforms against bitter opposition. In that respect, his role in Icelandic politics was similar to that of Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom. Margaret Hilda Thatcher Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located It may have contributed to controversies about Davíð that in public debate, while he spoke softly, he carried a big stick; he was known for his biting wit; he often showed his ability to bring down the house with one innocent, but viciously funny remark; nevertheless his opponents, such as the former social democratic leader Össur Skarphéðinsson, have spoken about his personal charm and kindness. Össur Skarphéðinsson (born June 19 1953) is an Icelandic politician Davíð consistently enjoyed very strong support from his own party, and while most observers would agree that he was a forceful leader, critics spoke of his authoritarianism and his disregard of proper democratic procedures. There is little doubt, whatever people think about Davíð Oddsson, that he has left a large mark on Icelandic political history and that under his leadership, the Icelandic economy has changed beyond recognition.
Egill Skúli Ingibergsson
|Mayor of Reykjavík|
Markús Örn Antonsson
|Chairman of the Independence Party|
Geir H. Haarde
|Prime Minister of Iceland|
|Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland|
Geir H. Haarde
Birgir Ísleifur Gunnarsson
|Chairman of the Board of Governors|
of the Central Bank of Iceland
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Icelandic politician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 17, 1948|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|