Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Biography

President (non-U.S.) (1930–)
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was the first woman to be elected head of state when she took the Icelandic presidency in 1980.


In 1980, after years in academia and the theater, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was drafted as a candidate for the presidency of Iceland and was narrowly elected, defeating three male opponents, thereby becoming the first woman in the world to be elected head of state in a national election. She was reelected three times (1984, 1988 and 1992) before retiring from office in 1996.

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