The Republic of Iceland, despite being a small nation with a population of just over 320 thousand has produced a number of famous people who have made the nation proud on the international scenario. Icelandic literature is popular and Einar Benediktsson, an early proponent of Neo-romanticism is generally acknowledged as one of the great figures of the "Golden Age" in poetry. Literature thrived in the 20th century and writer Halldór Laxness went on to win the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the field of visual arts, Þórarinn Benedikt Þorláksson was one of Iceland's first contemporary painters, the first Icelander to exhibit paintings in Iceland. Other notable artists include Einar Hákonarson and Ásgrímur Jónsson. The nation is also known for its rich musical heritage which includes vibrant folk and pop traditions. Some of its popular singers are Bubbi Morthens, Megas and Björgvin Halldórsson, while Björk Guðmundsdóttir is probably the most famous Icelander of them all. Famous for being one of the top three countries in the world for women to live in, Iceland was the first country in the world to have a political party formed and led entirely by women. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Icelanders.
Hafþór Júlíus BjörnssonHafþór Júlíus Björnsson
26 November 1988
Strongman
Bobby FischerBobby Fischer
09 March 1943
Chess Grandmaster

Leif EriksonLeif Erikson
0970 AD
First European to reach North America

Stefán Karl StefánssonStefán Karl Stefánsson
10 July 1975
Actor

Erik the RedErik the Red
0950 AD
First permanent European settler in Greenland

Gylfi Sigurðsson Gylfi Sigurðsson
08 September 1989
Football Player
Magnús SchevingMagnús Scheving
10 November 1964
Writer

Ólafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds
03 November 1986
Musician

BjorkBjork
21 November 1965
Icelandic singer-songwriter
Bjarni TryggvasonBjarni Tryggvason
21 September 1945
Astronaut

Jon Pall SigmarssonJon Pall Sigmarsson
28 April 1960
Strongman, Bodybuilder
Einar JónssonEinar Jónsson
11 May 1874
Icelandic sculptor

Ólafur Darri ÓlafssonÓlafur Darri Ólafsson
13 March 1973
Actor

Magnús Ver MagnússonMagnús Ver Magnússon
22 April 1963
Sportsperson, Powerlifter

Eiður GuðjohnsenEiður Guðjohnsen
15 September 1978
Icelandic footballer

Hera HilmarHera Hilmar
27 December 1988
Actress
Heida ReedHeida Reed
22 May 1988
Actress

Thorfinn KarlsefniThorfinn Karlsefni
0980 AD
Explorer

Snorri SturlusonSnorri Sturluson
1179 AD
Historian

Nanna Bryndís HilmarsdóttirNanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
06 May 1989
Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Benedikt MagnússonBenedikt Magnússon
06 April 1983
strongman, powerlifter

Jóhanna SigurðardóttirJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
04 October 1942
Former Prime Minister of Iceland
Vigdís FinnbogadóttirVigdís Finnbogadóttir
15 April 1930
President

Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
06 July 1937
Pianist, Conductor, Composer

Magnus MagnussonMagnus Magnusson
12 October 1929
Journalist
Emilíana TorriniEmilíana Torrini
16 May 1977
Singer, Songwriter

Egill SkallagrímssonEgill Skallagrímsson
0910 AD
Poet
Jóhann Berg GuðmundssonJóhann Berg Guðmundsson
27 October 1990
Icelandic footballer

Aron GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
22 April 1989
Association football player

Alfreð FinnbogasonAlfreð Finnbogason
01 February 1989
Icelandic footballer
Hermann HreiðarssonHermann Hreiðarsson
11 July 1974
Association football player, Association football

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Birkir BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
27 May 1988
Association football player
Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness
23 April 1902
Icelandic writer

Kolbeinn SigþórssonKolbeinn Sigþórsson
14 March 1990
Icelandic footballer

Ólafur Ragnar GrímssonÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
14 May 1943
President

Aron JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
10 November 1990
Association football player
Arnaldur IndriðasonArnaldur Indriðason
28 January 1961
Writer
Ragnar SigurðssonRagnar Sigurðsson
19 June 1986
association football player

Jón Daði BöðvarssonJón Daði Böðvarsson
25 May 1992
Icelandic footballer

Kjartan SveinssonKjartan Sveinsson
02 January 1978
Musician, Banjoist

Sveinn BjörnssonSveinn Björnsson
27 February 1881
President
Björn Bergmann SigurðarsonBjörn Bergmann Sigurðarson
26 February 1991
Icelandic footballer

Hörður Björgvin MagnússonHörður Björgvin Magnússon
11 February 1993
Icelandic footballer

Viðar Örn KjartanssonViðar Örn Kjartansson
11 March 1990
Footballer

Emil HallfreðssonEmil Hallfreðsson
29 June 1984
Association football player

Hera BjörkHera Björk
29 March 1972
singer
Geir HaardeGeir Haarde
08 April 1951
Former Prime Minister of Iceland

Davíð OddssonDavíð Oddsson
17 January 1948
Former Prime Minister of Iceland
Kristján EldjárnKristján Eldjárn
06 December 1916
President

Arnór Ingvi TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
30 April 1993
Icelandic footballer

Ásgeir ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
13 May 1894
Former President of Iceland
Hallgrímur PéturssonHallgrímur Pétursson
1614 AD
Poet

Sæmundr fróðiSæmundr fróði
1056 AD
Priest
Jón ArasonJón Arason
1484 AD
Poet

Guðjón BaldvinssonGuðjón Baldvinsson
15 February 1986
Icelandic footballer

Jónas HallgrímssonJónas Hallgrímsson
16 November 1807
Poet

Gunnar GunnarssonGunnar Gunnarsson
18 May 1889
Author

Guðbrandur ÞorlákssonGuðbrandur Þorláksson
1541 AD
Bishop
Halldór ÁsgrímssonHalldór Ásgrímsson
08 September 1947
Prime Minister

Ólafur ThorsÓlafur Thors
19 January 1892
Politician

Hannes HafsteinHannes Hafstein
04 December 1861
Politician

Matthías JochumssonMatthías Jochumsson
11 November 1835
Poet
Árni MagnússonÁrni Magnússon
13 November 1663
Scholar

Arngrímur JónssonArngrímur Jónsson
1568 AD
Scholar
Einar BenediktssonEinar Benediktsson
31 October 1864
Poet

Ari ThorgilssonAri Thorgilsson
1067 AD
Author

Guðbrandur VigfússonGuðbrandur Vigfússon
13 March 1827
Scholar
Davíð StefánssonDavíð Stefánsson
21 January 1895
Poet

Sigurður NordalSigurður Nordal
14 September 1886
Philologist and Writer
Stephan G. StephanssonStephan G. Stephansson
03 October 1853
Poet

Eggert ÓlafssonEggert Ólafsson
01 December 1726
Explorer

Þorsteinn ErlingssonÞorsteinn Erlingsson
27 September 1858
Poet
Einar Hjörleifsson KvaranEinar Hjörleifsson Kvaran
06 December 1859
Author

Jóhannes úr KötlumJóhannes úr Kötlum
04 November 1899
Author
Tómas GuðmundssonTómas Guðmundsson
06 January 1901
Author

Jóhann SigurjónssonJóhann Sigurjónsson
19 June 1880
Playwright

Bólu-HjálmarBólu-Hjálmar
29 September 1796
Farmer

Jón Thoroddsen elderJón Thoroddsen elder
05 October 1818
Poet
Steingrímur ThorsteinssonSteingrímur Thorsteinsson
19 May 1831
Poet
Guðmundur G. HagalínGuðmundur G. Hagalín
10 October 1898
Writer

Eysteinn ÁsgrímssonEysteinn Ásgrímsson
1310 AD
Poet

Jakob ThorarensenJakob Thorarensen
18 May 1886
Writer

Baltasar KormakurBaltasar Kormakur
27 February 1966
Actor
Olof ArnaldsOlof Arnalds
1980 AD
 

Johanna SiguroardottirJohanna Siguroardottir
04 October 1942
Politician

Kristmann GudmundssonKristmann Gudmundsson
23 October 1901
Novelist

Gudmundur KambanGudmundur Kamban
08 June 1888
Playwright

Jón SigurdssonJón Sigurdsson
17 June 1811
Political Leader
Bjarni ThórarensenBjarni Thórarensen
30 December 1786
Poet

Jón Magnússon þumlungurJón Magnússon þumlungur
1610 AD
Author
Jón Thorkelsson VídalínJón Thorkelsson Vídalín
21 March 1666
Author