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.
Bobby FischerBobby Fischer
09 March 1943
Chess Grandmaster
Hafþór Júlíus BjörnssonHafþór Júlíus Björnsson
26 November 1988
Strongman

Leif EriksonLeif Erikson
0970 AD
First European to reach North America

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

Gylfi Sigurðsson Gylfi Sigurðsson
08 September 1989
Football Player

Stefán Karl StefánssonStefán Karl Stefánsson
10 July 1975
Actor
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
Einar JónssonEinar Jónsson
11 May 1874
Icelandic sculptor

Ragnheiður RagnarsdóttirRagnheiður Ragnarsdóttir
24 October 1984
Actress

Jóhann JóhannssonJóhann Jóhannsson
19 September 1969
Composer

Hera HilmarHera Hilmar
27 December 1988
Actress

Gunnar NelsonGunnar Nelson
28 July 1988
Mixed martial artist
Ólafur Darri ÓlafssonÓlafur Darri Ólafsson
13 March 1973
Actor

Eiður GuðjohnsenEiður Guðjohnsen
15 September 1978
Icelandic footballer

Katrín JakobsdóttirKatrín Jakobsdóttir
01 February 1976
Prime Minister

Hildur GuðnadóttirHildur Guðnadóttir
04 September 1982
Musician
Freydís EiríksdóttirFreydís Eiríksdóttir
0970 AD
Explorer

Daði FreyrDaði Freyr
30 June 1992
Musician
Heida ReedHeida Reed
22 May 1988
Actress

Jóhannes Haukur JóhannessonJóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
26 February 1980
Actor

Magnús Ver MagnússonMagnús Ver Magnússon
22 April 1963
Sportsperson, Powerlifter
Thorfinn KarlsefniThorfinn Karlsefni
0980 AD
Explorer

Snorri SturlusonSnorri Sturluson
1179 AD
Historian
Magnus MagnussonMagnus Magnusson
12 October 1929
Journalist

Anita BriemAnita Briem
29 May 1982
Actress

Nanna Bryndís HilmarsdóttirNanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
06 May 1989
Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Tómas LemarquisTómas Lemarquis
03 August 1977
Actor

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JónsiJónsi
23 April 1975
Musician
Nína Dögg FilippusdóttirNína Dögg Filippusdóttir
25 February 1974
Actress

Katrín DavíðsdóttirKatrín Davíðsdóttir
10 May 1993
Athlete

Egill SkallagrímssonEgill Skallagrímsson
0910 AD
Poet

Johanna SiguroardottirJohanna Siguroardottir
04 October 1942
Politician
Gudrid ThorbjarnardóttirGudrid Thorbjarnardóttir
0980 AD
Explorer
Sara SigmundsdóttirSara Sigmundsdóttir
12 September 1992
Weightlifter

Jóhann Berg GuðmundssonJóhann Berg Guðmundsson
27 October 1990
Icelandic footballer

Emilíana TorriniEmilíana Torrini
16 May 1977
Singer, Songwriter

Baltasar KormakurBaltasar Kormakur
27 February 1966
Actor
Vigdís FinnbogadóttirVigdís Finnbogadóttir
15 April 1930
President

Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
06 July 1937
Pianist, Conductor, Composer

SjónSjón
27 August 1962
Poet

Kolbeinn SigþórssonKolbeinn Sigþórsson
14 March 1990
Icelandic footballer

Aron GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
22 April 1989
Association football player
Benedikt MagnússonBenedikt Magnússon
06 April 1983
strongman, powerlifter

Björn Hlynur HaraldssonBjörn Hlynur Haraldsson
08 December 1974
Actor
Anníe Mist ÞórisdóttirAnníe Mist Þórisdóttir
18 September 1989
Athlete

Ari EldjárnAri Eldjárn
05 September 1981
Comedian

Eysteinn SigurðarsonEysteinn Sigurðarson
Actor
Aron JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
10 November 1990
Association football player

Gísli Örn GarðarssonGísli Örn Garðarsson
15 December 1973
Actor
Ingvar Eggert SigurðssonIngvar Eggert Sigurðsson
22 November 1963
Actor

Atli ÖrvarssonAtli Örvarsson
07 July 1970
Composer

Alfreð FinnbogasonAlfreð Finnbogason
01 February 1989
Icelandic footballer

Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness
23 April 1902
Icelandic writer

Ragnar ÞórhallssonRagnar Þórhallsson
06 March 1987
Musician
Hermann HreiðarssonHermann Hreiðarsson
11 July 1974
Association football player, Association football

Dagur SigurðssonDagur Sigurðsson
03 April 1973
Handball player

Björn Bergmann SigurðarsonBjörn Bergmann Sigurðarson
26 February 1991
Icelandic footballer

Jón GnarrJón Gnarr
02 January 1967
Actor
María Thelma SmáradóttirMaría Thelma Smáradóttir
22 January 1993
Actress

Birkir BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
27 May 1988
Association football player
Arnaldur IndriðasonArnaldur Indriðason
28 January 1961
Writer

Steinunn Ólína ÞorsteinsdóttirSteinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir
02 July 1969
Actress

Jón Daði BöðvarssonJón Daði Böðvarsson
25 May 1992
Icelandic footballer
Ólafur Ragnar GrímssonÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
14 May 1943
President

Stony BlydenStony Blyden
09 March 1993
Actor
Ilmur KristjánsdóttirIlmur Kristjánsdóttir
19 March 1978
Actress

Ragnar SigurðssonRagnar Sigurðsson
19 June 1986
association football player

Yrsa SigurðardóttirYrsa Sigurðardóttir
24 August 1963
Writer
Eyþór GuðjónssonEyþór Guðjónsson
05 February 1968
Actor

Ágústa Eva ErlendsdóttirÁgústa Eva Erlendsdóttir
28 July 1982
Singer
Alexander PeterssonAlexander Petersson
02 July 1980
Handball player

Alfreð GíslasonAlfreð Gíslason
07 September 1959
Handball player

Anna BjornAnna Bjorn
04 July 1954
Graphic designer

Aud the Deep-MindedAud the Deep-Minded
0834 AD
Explorer
Bjarki Már ElíssonBjarki Már Elísson
16 May 1990
Handball player
Aron PálmarssonAron Pálmarsson
19 July 1990
Handball player

Arnór Ingvi TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
30 April 1993
Icelandic footballer

Bubbi MorthensBubbi Morthens
06 June 1956
Singer

Ásgeir TraustiÁsgeir Trausti
01 July 1992
Singer-songwriter
Orri Páll DýrasonOrri Páll Dýrason
04 July 1977
Musician

Sveinn BjörnssonSveinn Björnsson
27 February 1881
President

Hörður Björgvin MagnússonHörður Björgvin Magnússon
11 February 1993
Icelandic footballer

Guðjón Valur SigurðssonGuðjón Valur Sigurðsson
08 August 1979
Handball player

Thordis ElvaThordis Elva
Author
Fiann PaulFiann Paul
1980 AD
Explorer

Kristján EldjárnKristján Eldjárn
06 December 1916
President
Elín PetersdóttirElín Petersdóttir
01 June 1972
Actress

Jónína LeósdóttirJónína Leósdóttir
16 May 1954
Novelist
Unnur Birna VilhjálmsdóttirUnnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir
25 May 1984
Actress
Kjartan SveinssonKjartan Sveinsson
02 January 1978
Musician, Banjoist