2016 Presidential Election of Iceland Won by Gudni Johannesson


History professor and political newcomer Gudni Johannesson was announced on Sunday as the winner of the 2016 Icelandic presidential election held on Saturday. The newly elected president will assume official responsibility as Iceland’s sixth president as of next August to succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who refused to run for a sixth mandate after 20 years in power.


  • Presidential election, 2016 as an independent Gudni Johannesson was able to secure 39.1 % votes. A businesswoman Halla Tomasdottir defeated by Gudni Johannsson without party affiliation, who was able to secure 27.9 % votes.
  • While David the former conservative party Prime Minister and Central Bank Governor David Odds-on was placed third and he won just 13 % votes.

About Gudni Johannesson

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Gudni Johannesson winner of 2016 Presidential Election of Iceland

  • Guoni has worked as a lecturer at the University of Iceland, Bifrost University and University of London.
  • Gudni Johannsson is an expert on political history, diplomacy and the constitution. He has not yet mentioned which political party he supports.
  • He has published a number of works, including on the Cod Wars, 2008–11 Icelandic financial crisis and Icelandic presidency.
  • He has written a biography of Gunnar Thoroddsen (former PM of Iceland) and a book about the presidency of Kristjan Eldjarn.

President of Iceland:

  • Iceland’s president holds a largely ceremonial position, acting as a guarantor of the constitution and national unity. Legislative elections are due in the autumn.
  • Icelandic presidential elections determine who serves as president of the Republic of Iceland for four-year terms
  • He carries the powers to block legislation and acts as a guarantor of the constitution and national unity. Since Iceland became a Republic in 1944, there have been five elected presidents

- Published/Last Modified on: June 29, 2016