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President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.
Photo: Golli. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he will not seek re-election.

Iceland’s President Comes to Aid of Fallen Senior at Ikea

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson promptly assisted an elderly man who fell at Ikea, a moment captured in a photo by attorney Katrín Oddsdóttir. Following the incident, medical and police personnel arrived to ensure the man’s well-being.

A “graceful” reaction

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was quick to respond when an elderly man suffered a fall at Ikea in Garðabær yesterday.

Attorney Katrín Oddsdóttir, who was present, captured the moment in a photograph, which she contended was “telling” for this small nation. “Where else in the world would one see a president in Ikea without a security detail, ready to intervene in such a situation?”

In an interview with yesterday, Katrín lauded the President’s interventions: “I just thought his reaction was graceful,” she observed.

According to Katrín, a loud thud was heard as the elderly man fell backwards in Ikea, creating considerable distress in its wake. “Guðni rushed over and proceeded to sort of manage the situation; the President was there for this man,” Katrín remarked, adding that a nurse was also present, who comported herself like a hero and took good care of the man.

Shortly after, ambulances and police cars arrived at the scene.

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