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All the Powerful People Come from Reykhólahreppur

Reykhólahreppur in the West Fjords, population 133, is the place to be from. Four of the most powerful people in the republic—the president, the prime minister, the mayor of Reykjavík and the bishop—all have roots in this tiny community by Breiðafjörður Bay.

breidafjordur-stykkisholmur_psBreiðafjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Both grandparents of President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson were sheep farmers from the area, as were the grandparents of PM Sigmundur Davíð, and of Reykjavík mayor, Jón Gnarr. The father of Bishop Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir was born on the sheep farm Skerðingsstöðum but later moved to Ísafjörður where he became the town’s priest.

“People are strong and hardworking here, it is in their veins to succeed,” the director of the local council, Ingibjörg Birna Erlingsdóttir, told Ingibjörg has been living in Reykhólasveit for the last three years.


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