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Ólafur Thors


In office
May 16, 1942 – December 16, 1942
October 21, 1944–February 4, 1947
December 6, 1949 – March 14, 1950
September 11, 1953 – July 24, 1956
November 20, 1959 –November 14, 1963
Preceded by Hermann Jónasson
Björn Þórðarson
Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Emil Jónsson
Succeeded by Björn Þórðarson
Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Hermann Jónasson
Bjarni Benediktsson

Born January 19, 1892(1892-01-19)
Borgarnes, Iceland
Died December 31, 1964 (aged 72)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Political party Independence Party

Ólafur Thors (January 19, 1892 – December 31, 1964) was an Icelandic politician of the Independence Party, who served as Prime Minister of Iceland on five occasions:

  • 16 May 1942 to 16 December 1942
  • 21 October 1944 to 4 February 1947
  • 6 December 1949 to 14 March 1950
  • 11 September 1953 to 24 July 1956
  • 20 November 1959 to 14 November 1963

Ólafur Thors was a member of parliament from 1926 until the day of his death in 1964. His first ministerial post was when he served as a substitute justice minister from November 14, 1932 to December 23 in the same year. In his political career he served as Minister of Industrial Affairs from 1939 to 1942, foreign minister in his own governments in 1942 and 1944-1947, social minister in his own government from 1949 to 1950, fisheries and industrial minister from 1950 to 1953 and he served as a fisheries minister in his own government from 1953 to 1956. He attended the General Assembly at the UN in 1947 and 1948. Ólafur Thors led the Independence Party from 1934 to 1961. His fifth government with the social Democrats sat under two other prime ministers from the Independence Party to 1971.

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Preceded by
Jón Þorláksson
Chairman of the Independence Party
1934–1961
Succeeded by
Bjarni Benediktsson
Preceded by
Hermann Jónasson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(first term)

1942
Succeeded by
Björn Þórðarson
Preceded by
Björn Þórðarson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(second term)

1944–1947
Succeeded by
Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Preceded by
Stefán Jóhann Stefánsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(third term)

1949–1950
Succeeded by
Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Preceded by
Steingrímur Steinþórsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(fourth term)

1953–1956
Succeeded by
Hermann Jónasson
Preceded by
Emil Jónsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
(fifth term)

1959–1963
Succeeded by
Bjarni Benediktsson
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