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Iceland’s PM on Official Visit to Faroe Islands

Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir traveled to the Faroe Islands with her wife Jónína Leósdóttir yesterday on an official visit.

Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

During her stay, Sigurdardóttir will meet Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen, the Faroese government and learn more about the Faroese culture and history, Fréttabladid reports.

Johannesen has also organized a dinner party in the honor of Sigurdardóttir’s visit. Jenis av Rana, chairman of the Christian-based and conservative Center Party said in an interview with the Faroese newspaper Vágaportalurin that he does not want to attend the dinner party because of Sigurdardóttir’s sexual orientation. Av Rana stated that her and her wife’s visit is a “provocation” and their lifestyle at odds with the Bible.

Johannesen reacted by saying av Rana should be ashamed of himself for his comments about Sigurdardóttir’s sexual orientation and for refusing to accept the dinner invitation, reports.

Hoegni Hoydal, chairman of the Republican Party, did the same, saying in an article in Vágaportalurin that it is an honor to have Iceland’s PM and her spouse on an official visit to the Faroe Islands, pointing out that Iceland is the only nation to invite Faroese politicians for official visits and treat them as equals.

Sigurdardóttir is the world’s first openly gay head of state. In June she married her long-term partner Leósdóttir when a new marital law took effect in Iceland.

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