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Art Bicnick. Halla Tómasdóttir at Bessastaðir.
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Who is Iceland’s New President, Halla Tómasdóttir?

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Halla Tómasdóttir won Iceland’s presidential election on June 1 with 34.1% of the vote, beating out a record number of candidates. Halla was polling at around 5% at the start of the election campaign but her support rose steadily leading up to the election. Her final share of the votes proved to be even higher than polls predicted only days before the election.

Halla is a businessperson and most recently CEO of The B Team, a global nonprofit initiative co-founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz. She took leave from the position to run for president. Halla ran for the presidency once before, in 2016, when she received 27.9% of the vote and ended as runner-up to Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who has been president since.

Halla has had a long career in business and founded the female-led investment firm Auður Capital as well as being an early member of the founding team of Reykjavík University. During her presidential campaign, Halla told Iceland Review she has “a vision of how to use the office to bring together different groups and generations to communicate and collaborate on the many issues we face.”

Presidential elections are held every four years in Iceland. While there is no term limit for the office, Halla has stated that she considers it acceptable for a president to sit two to three terms, like her predecessor Guðni. Halla is currently 55 years old. She is the second woman to be elected President of Iceland, after Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who in 1980 became the first female democratically elected head of state in the world.

Halla takes office on August 1, 2024.

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