Katrín Jakobsdóttir

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Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Designation: Prime Minister
Country: Iceland
Age: 45

Katrín Jakobsdóttir (February 1, 1976) is an Icelandic politician who is the 28th and current prime minister of Iceland since 2017. She is a member of the Althing for the Reykjavík North constituency since 2007 and chairperson of the Left-Green Movement since 2013.

Before her political career, Katrín worked part-time as a language adviser at the news agency of  RÚV from 1999 to 2003. She freelanced and wrote for various print media from 2004 to 2006 and became at the Mímir School from 2004 to 2007. She also did editorial work for Edda, a publishing company, and JPV magazine from 2005 to 2006. In 2006, she became a lecturer at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, and Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík for about a year.

At the time of 2017’s Icelandic parliamentary election, Katrín was tasked to lead a three-party coalition with the Independence Party and Progressive Party. After completing coalition talks, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson formally granted Katrín a mandate to lead the government, which was installed on November 30.

Born in Reykjavík, Katrín graduated from the University of Iceland in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Icelandic and a minor in French. She pursued her M.A. in Icelandic literature from the same university in 2004 for a thesis on famous Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indriðason.

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