Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
5th President of Iceland
Assumed office
1 August 1996
Prime Minister Davíð Oddsson
Halldór Ásgrímsson
Geir Haarde
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson
Preceded by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Minister of Finance
In office
28 September 1988 – 30 April 1991
Prime Minister Steingrímur Hermannsson
Preceded by Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson
Succeeded by Friðrik Klemenz Sophusson
Personal details
Born 14 May 1943 (age 72)
Ísafjörður, Iceland
Political party People’s Alliance (Before 1996)
Independent (1996–present)
Spouse(s) Guðrún Katrín Þorbergsdóttir(1974–1998)
Dorrit Moussaieff (2003–present)
Children Guðrún
Residence Bessastaðir
Alma mater University of Manchester
Religion Christian (Lutheranism)
Signature  signature of Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, (born May 14, 1943, Ísafjördhur, Ice.), Icelandic teacher and government official was elected president of Iceland in 1996. He is known for his solid backing of ecological issues.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was conceived in a little angling town on Iceland’s northwestern landmass. He moved on from the Reykjavík Lyceum in 1962 and afterward concentrated on in England, where he got a B.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1970) in political science from the University of Manchester. He returned home to wind up an instructor in political science at the University of Iceland and was designated educator in 1973.

In the mid 1970sÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson turned out to be understood as an arbitrator of TV syndicated programs, regularly captivating in discourses on dubious political and social subjects that produced warmed civil argument. He joined the radical People’s Alliance Party and served as gathering executive from 1987 until 1995, when he surrendered to keep running for president. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was initially chosen to the Althingi (parliament) in 1978 and served now and again until 1995, including one spell (1988–91) as clergyman of fund. As president (1984–90) of the Parliamentarians for Global Action, he headed out generally to convince political pioneers of significant nations to reinforce the reason for world peace, for which he got the Indira Gandhi Peace Award.


Amid his political profession, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson tended to shelter the left in his perspectives and added to a notoriety for being a lively debater on the political scene. Notwithstanding across the board reservations about naming a profession left-wing lawmaker to the fundamentally formal office of president, he was chosen to the post in 1996 for a four-year term and was reelected in 2000 and 2004. As president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was required to keep afloat conflict of local governmental issues, and he generally took after point of reference—with the exception of in 2004, when he vetoed enactment that had been gone by the parliament, the main time this had happened following the Republic of Iceland was built up in 1944. The enactment, which needed to do with points of confinement on responsibility for stations, was in this manner revoked.


As a worldwide temperature alteration and raising fossil fuel expenses were high on the universal motivation, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was effectively included in advancing arrangements. Amid his term of office, Iceland—with a populace of just 310,000—had turned into a main community for exploration into and improvement of option vitality, particularly geothermal. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson attracted consideration 2007 when he embraced a goal-oriented new research venture outside Reykjavík, where a global group of researchers wanted to lessen carbon dioxide discharges by sequestering CO2 in rock far below the ground. He remained president for a fourth term starting in 2008 after races were wiped out in light of the fact that nobody had ventured forward to run against him.

A selection of speeches by the President in English and other foreign languages, and other relevant information.

11 November 2015

A Speech at a State Banquet given by the President of Singaport during a State Visit to Singapore.


4 November 2015

A Speech at a State Banquet given by the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam during a State Visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Hanoi.Vietnamese translation.

27 October 2015

Speech given at a lunch in honour of the Nordic Council at Bessastaðir (in Norwegian) (Icelandic translation).

16 October 2015

Speech at the opening of the 3rd Arctic Circle Assembly.

8 September 2015

Speech at the opening of Alþingi, the parliament of Iceland.

11 August 2015

The West Nordic Dimension in the Global Arctic. A speech at the 30th Anniversary Assembly of the West Nordic Council.

10 June 2015

Pre-recorded speech at the opening of the 33rd Congress of the Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, SSAI.

9 June 2015

Speech in a luncheon hosted by the Governor General of Canada, Ottawa.

11 March 2015

Speech on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Lithuanian independence. Delivered at a special meeting in the Lithuanian Parliament, Vilnius.

24 February 2015

Speech when accepting the Degree of Doctor HonorisCausa at Université Laval, Québec.

5 February 2015

Speech at the Himalaya-Third Pole Circle, Thimphu.

1 January 2015

New Year Address (in English translation), delivered by President ÓlafurRagnarGrimsson on the State Broadcasting System (RÚV).

21 November 2014

Lecture at Cornell University: Iceland’s Clean Energy Economy: Lessons for a Global Transformation (video recording).

31 October 2014

Speech at the opening of the Second Assembly of the Arctic Circle.

31 October 2014

The Arctic in the New World. An article in the Morgunbladid newspaper.

06 October 2014

A greeting exhibited in the KonTiki Museum in Oslo honouring Thor Heyerdahl the Norwegian explorer.

9 September 2014

 Speech at the opening of the Althingi.

13 August 2014

Speech at the Opening of the Nordic Rheology, Concrete Research and Eco-Crete Conferences, Reykjavík (in English).

17 July 2014

Foreword to a book of photographs of the Icelandic horse (in English).

5 June 2014

Speech at the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All Official Launch, UN Headquarters, New York.

21 May 2014

Speech at the opening of a conference on the common Nordic labour market (in Norwegian).

5 May 2014

Speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs: Iceland and Water in the 21st Century: The New Importance of the Arctic and the Himalayas.

1 May 2014

Speech at the American-Scandinavian Foundation Gala Dinner, New York.

23 April 2014

Speech at the Google workshop on Maritime Domain Awareness, Mountain View, California.

22 April 2014

People and Ice: The New Global Significance of the Arctic and the Himalayas. Speech at the World Affairs Council and the Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco.

3 April 2014

Message sent to the conference QuelAvenir pour l’Arctique?, Paris.

19 March 2014

Speech on ‘The Nordic Countries in a Global Arctic’, delivered at the Arctic Dialogue conference in Bodö, Norway.

6 March 2014

Speech at the Masdar Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi.

5 March 2014

Speech at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, in Abu Dhabi.

20 January 2014

Speech at the Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony, delivered in Abu Dhabi.

1 January 2014

New Years Address. English translation, delivered by President ÓlafurRagnarGrimsson on the State Broadcasting System (RÚV).


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