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Will a Woman be the Next Bishop of Iceland?

Karl Sigurbjörnsson (b. 1947) will step down as Bishop of Iceland next year. Karl has been popular but controversial as bishop since 1998.

According to a poll by the newsroom Stöð 2 (Channel 2) it looks like four women are front runners to be next Bishop of Iceland.

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Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir, professor at the University of Iceland, Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir, Jóna Hrönn Bolladóttir, both priests in the capital area, and Agnes M Sigurðardóttir, priest in Bolungarvík in the West Fjords, are current favorites,according to the poll.

Around 500 people can vote for the next Bishop of Iceland. No one has as yet officially announced that they are running for office.

The National Church of Iceland, a Lutheran body, is by far the largest religious group in Iceland with membership of just over 80 percent of the total population. The second largest congregation is the Roman Catholic Church with 3 percent.

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