MP Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Alliance. becomes Prime Minister of Iceland today, when her new coalition government comes to power. The new coalition government spans the entire political spectrum in Iceland, from right to left and is comprised of the Left Green Movement , the Independence Party and the Progressive Party. Iceland’s new Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir is 41 years old and a mother of three, and she becomes the second woman to head a government in Iceland, the former being Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who was also the world’s first openly lesban head of state, who was Prime Minister between 2009 and 2012. PM Jakobsdóttir, born in 1976, graduated from the University of Iceland in 1999 with a BA, majoring in Icelandic with French as a minor. She received her M.A. in Icelandic Literature from the same university in 2004 for a dissertation on the work of popular Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indriðason.
PM Jakobsdóttir is the younger sister of twin brothers Ármann Jakobsson and Sverrir Jakobsson, who are both professors in the humanities at the University of Iceland. Katrín Jakobsdóttir has been involved with politics for years, she is married to Gunnar Örn Sigvaldason and they have three sons together. PM Jakobsdóttir became deputy chairperson of the Left Green Movement in 2003, and Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture from 2009 to 2013, while also serving as the Minister of Nordic Co-operation for the same period. The charismatic Jakobsdóttir is generally well liked by voters in Icelanders and her support goes far beyond people who vote for her party. PM Katrín Jakobsóttir has the past couple of years been the most trusted political leader in Iceland according to opinion polls.