Katrín Jakobsdóttir is the Prime Minister of Iceland, serving since 2017. Let us wish this young Prime Minister on her birthday.

Katrín was born in Reykjavík on 1 February 1976. She did her bachelor’s and masters from the University of Iceland. She worked in the print media before coming into politics. Katrín became deputy chairperson of the Left-Green Movement, an eco-socialist political party in 2003, and has been their chairperson since 2013. Katrín Jakobsdóttir was Iceland’s minister of education, science, and culture, and of Nordic co-operation from 2 February 2009 to 23 May 2013.

Before becoming Prime Minister, Katrín was chairperson of the Left-Green Movement. On 30 November 2017, President Guðni formally granted her a mandate to lead the government. She is the second woman to serve as Prime Minister of Iceland, after Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. 

As head of government, Katrín invested in social housing, extended parental leave, reduced gender pay inequality and made taxes more progressive.

Today, almost four years after her inauguration, Katrín remains highly popular and leaves an image of sincerity and integrity. Her good management of the COVID-19 pandemic has been praised, with the country having one of the best health records in Europe, with only 33 deaths.

  • Poorna Krishnan

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Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Katrín Jakobsdóttir is the Prime Minister of Iceland, serving since 2017. Let us wish this young Prime Minister on her birthday.

Katrín was born in Reykjavík on 1 February 1976. She did her bachelor’s and masters from the University of Iceland. She worked in the print media before coming into politics. Katrín became deputy chairperson of the Left-Green Movement, an eco-socialist political party in 2003, and has been their chairperson since 2013. Katrín Jakobsdóttir was Iceland’s minister of education, science, and culture, and of Nordic co-operation from 2 February 2009 to 23 May 2013.

Before becoming Prime Minister, Katrín was chairperson of the Left-Green Movement. On 30 November 2017, President Guðni formally granted her a mandate to lead the government. She is the second woman to serve as Prime Minister of Iceland, after Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. 

As head of government, Katrín invested in social housing, extended parental leave, reduced gender pay inequality and made taxes more progressive.

Today, almost four years after her inauguration, Katrín remains highly popular and leaves an image of sincerity and integrity. Her good management of the COVID-19 pandemic has been praised, with the country having one of the best health records in Europe, with only 33 deaths.

  • Poorna Krishnan