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
Leif EriksonLeif Erikson
0970 AD
First European to reach North America

Gylfi Sigurðsson Gylfi Sigurðsson
08 September 1989
Football Player

Stefán Karl StefánssonStefán Karl Stefánsson
10 July 1975
Actor

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

Jon Pall SigmarssonJon Pall Sigmarsson
28 April 1960
Strongman, Bodybuilder
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

Bobby FischerBobby Fischer
09 March 1943
Chess Grandmaster
Einar JónssonEinar Jónsson
11 May 1874
Icelandic sculptor

Hera HilmarHera Hilmar
27 December 1988
Actress

Jóhann JóhannssonJóhann Jóhannsson
19 September 1969
Composer

Ólafur Darri ÓlafssonÓlafur Darri Ólafsson
13 March 1973
Actor

Eiður GuðjohnsenEiður Guðjohnsen
15 September 1978
Icelandic footballer
Magnús Ver MagnússonMagnús Ver Magnússon
22 April 1963
Sportsperson, Powerlifter

Thorfinn KarlsefniThorfinn Karlsefni
0980 AD
Explorer

Snorri SturlusonSnorri Sturluson
1179 AD
Historian

Nanna Bryndís HilmarsdóttirNanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
06 May 1989
Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Heida ReedHeida Reed
22 May 1988
Actress

Johanna SiguroardottirJohanna Siguroardottir
04 October 1942
Politician
Jóhanna SigurðardóttirJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
04 October 1942
Former Prime Minister of Iceland

Vigdís FinnbogadóttirVigdís Finnbogadóttir
15 April 1930
President

Aron GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
22 April 1989
Association football player
Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
06 July 1937
Pianist, Conductor, Composer

Benedikt MagnússonBenedikt Magnússon
06 April 1983
strongman, powerlifter
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

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Baltasar KormakurBaltasar Kormakur
27 February 1966
Actor
Aron JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
10 November 1990
Association football player

Atli ÖrvarssonAtli Örvarsson
07 July 1970
Composer

Kolbeinn SigþórssonKolbeinn Sigþórsson
14 March 1990
Icelandic footballer

Birkir BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
27 May 1988
Association football player
Alfreð FinnbogasonAlfreð Finnbogason
01 February 1989
Icelandic footballer
Arnaldur IndriðasonArnaldur Indriðason
28 January 1961
Writer

Jón Daði BöðvarssonJón Daði Böðvarsson
25 May 1992
Icelandic footballer

Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness
23 April 1902
Icelandic writer

Ragnar SigurðssonRagnar Sigurðsson
19 June 1986
association football player
Ólafur Ragnar GrímssonÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
14 May 1943
President

Hermann HreiðarssonHermann Hreiðarsson
11 July 1974
Association football player, Association football

Kjartan SveinssonKjartan Sveinsson
02 January 1978
Musician, Banjoist

Hörður Björgvin MagnússonHörður Björgvin Magnússon
11 February 1993
Icelandic footballer

Kristján EldjárnKristján Eldjárn
06 December 1916
President
Viðar Örn KjartanssonViðar Örn Kjartansson
11 March 1990
Footballer

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

Emil HallfreðssonEmil Hallfreðsson
29 June 1984
Association football player

Arnór Ingvi TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
30 April 1993
Icelandic footballer
Geir HaardeGeir Haarde
08 April 1951
Former Prime Minister of Iceland

Hallgrímur PéturssonHallgrímur Pétursson
1614 AD
Poet
Olof ArnaldsOlof Arnalds
1980 AD
 

Jónas HallgrímssonJónas Hallgrímsson
16 November 1807
Poet

Davíð OddssonDavíð Oddsson
17 January 1948
Former Prime Minister of Iceland

Jóhannes úr KötlumJóhannes úr Kötlum
04 November 1899
Author

Ásgeir ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
13 May 1894
Former President of Iceland
Jón SigurdssonJón Sigurdsson
17 June 1811
Political Leader

Sæmundr fróðiSæmundr fróði
1056 AD
Priest

Jón ArasonJón Arason
1484 AD
Poet

Guðjón BaldvinssonGuðjón Baldvinsson
15 February 1986
Icelandic footballer
Halldór HelgasonHalldór Helgason
10 January 1991
Snowboarder

Gunnar GunnarssonGunnar Gunnarsson
18 May 1889
Author
Hera BjörkHera Björk
29 March 1972
singer

Ólafur ThorsÓlafur Thors
19 January 1892
Politician

Árni MagnússonÁrni Magnússon
13 November 1663
Scholar
Hannes HafsteinHannes Hafstein
04 December 1861
Politician

Halldór ÁsgrímssonHalldór Ásgrímsson
08 September 1947
Prime Minister
Ari ThorgilssonAri Thorgilsson
1067 AD
Author

Eggert ÓlafssonEggert Ólafsson
01 December 1726
Explorer

Matthías JochumssonMatthías Jochumsson
11 November 1835
Poet
Arngrímur JónssonArngrímur Jónsson
1568 AD
Scholar

Einar BenediktssonEinar Benediktsson
31 October 1864
Poet
Davíð StefánssonDavíð Stefánsson
21 January 1895
Poet

Einar Hjörleifsson KvaranEinar Hjörleifsson Kvaran
06 December 1859
Author

Sigurður NordalSigurður Nordal
14 September 1886
Philologist and Writer

Stephan G. StephanssonStephan G. Stephansson
03 October 1853
Poet
Guðbrandur VigfússonGuðbrandur Vigfússon
13 March 1827
Scholar
Guðbrandur ÞorlákssonGuðbrandur Þorláksson
1541 AD
Bishop

Jóhann SigurjónssonJóhann Sigurjónsson
19 June 1880
Playwright

Bjarni ThórarensenBjarni Thórarensen
30 December 1786
Poet

Tómas GuðmundssonTómas Guðmundsson
06 January 1901
Author
Bólu-HjálmarBólu-Hjálmar
29 September 1796
Farmer

Gudmundur KambanGudmundur Kamban
08 June 1888
Playwright

Jón Thorkelsson VídalínJón Thorkelsson Vídalín
21 March 1666
Author

Þorsteinn ErlingssonÞorsteinn Erlingsson
27 September 1858
Poet

Steingrímur ThorsteinssonSteingrímur Thorsteinsson
19 May 1831
Poet
Jón Thoroddsen elderJón Thoroddsen elder
05 October 1818
Poet

Kristmann GudmundssonKristmann Gudmundsson
23 October 1901
Novelist
Eysteinn ÁsgrímssonEysteinn Ásgrímsson
1310 AD
Poet

Guðmundur G. HagalínGuðmundur G. Hagalín
10 October 1898
Writer
Jón Magnússon þumlungurJón Magnússon þumlungur
1610 AD
Author
Jakob ThorarensenJakob Thorarensen
18 May 1886
Writer