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Benedikt Gröndal


In office
15 October 1979 – 8 February 1980
President Kristján Eldjárn
Preceded by Ólafur Jóhannesson
Succeeded by Gunnar Thoroddsen

Born 7 July 1924 (1924-07-07) (age 85)
Nationality Iceland
Political party Social Democratic Party

Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal (born July 7, 1924) was Prime Minister of Iceland for the Social Democratic (Alþýðuflokkurinn) from 15 October 1979 to 8 February 1980. Prior to that he was Minister of Foreign Affairs 1978-1980. He was minister of foreign affairs during his tenure as PM, therefore the only politician from the independence 1944 to serve in both cabinet positions at the same time. His government was the second Social Democrat minority government of Iceland. He was member of Althingi from 1956 to 1982 and led his party from 1974 to 1980. He attended the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1966. After leaving the political scene in 1982 Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal was appointed ambassador of Iceland to Sweden and Finland. After residing for some years in Stockholm he served as roving ambassador to the Far East including Australia, China, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan. After serving two years as representative to the United Nations Mr. Gröndal retired to his native home in 1991.

Preceded by
Ólafur Jóhannesson
Prime Minister of Iceland
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Gunnar Thoroddsen
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