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
BjorkBjork
21 November 1965
Icelandic singer-songwriter

Bjarni TryggvasonBjarni Tryggvason
21 September 1945
Astronaut

Einar JónssonEinar Jónsson
11 May 1874
Icelandic sculptor

Magnús SchevingMagnús Scheving
10 November 1964
Writer
Eiður GuðjohnsenEiður Guðjohnsen
15 September 1978
Icelandic footballer

Magnús Ver MagnússonMagnús Ver Magnússon
22 April 1963
Sportsperson, Powerlifter
Nanna Bryndís HilmarsdóttirNanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
06 May 1989
Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Snorri SturlusonSnorri Sturluson
1179 AD
Historian

Jóhanna SigurðardóttirJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
04 October 1942
Former Prime Minister of Iceland
Birkir BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
27 May 1988
Association football player

Ólafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds
03 November 1986
Musician, Banjoist, Composer, Record producer
Aron GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
22 April 1989
Association football player

Benedikt MagnússonBenedikt Magnússon
06 April 1983
strongman, powerlifter

Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
06 July 1937
Pianist, Conductor, Composer
Kolbeinn SigþórssonKolbeinn Sigþórsson
14 March 1990
Icelandic footballer

Alfreð FinnbogasonAlfreð Finnbogason
01 February 1989
Icelandic footballer
Aron JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
10 November 1990
Association football player

Emilíana TorriniEmilíana Torrini
16 May 1977
Singer, Songwriter

Vigdís FinnbogadóttirVigdís Finnbogadóttir
15 April 1930
President

Jóhann Berg GuðmundssonJóhann Berg Guðmundsson
27 October 1990
Icelandic footballer
Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness
23 April 1902
Icelandic writer
Ragnar SigurðssonRagnar Sigurðsson
19 June 1986
association football player

Arnaldur IndriðasonArnaldur Indriðason
28 January 1961
Writer

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

Hörður Björgvin MagnússonHörður Björgvin Magnússon
11 February 1993
Icelandic footballer
Jón Daði BöðvarssonJón Daði Böðvarsson
25 May 1992
Icelandic footballer

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Emil HallfreðssonEmil Hallfreðsson
29 June 1984
Association football player

Björn Bergmann SigurðarsonBjörn Bergmann Sigurðarson
26 February 1991
Icelandic footballer

Kjartan SveinssonKjartan Sveinsson
02 January 1978
Musician, Banjoist

Arnór Ingvi TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
30 April 1993
Icelandic footballer
Sveinn BjörnssonSveinn Björnsson
27 February 1881
President

Geir HaardeGeir Haarde
08 April 1951
Former Prime Minister of Iceland
Guðjón BaldvinssonGuðjón Baldvinsson
15 February 1986
Icelandic footballer

Hera BjörkHera Björk
29 March 1972
singer

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

Olof ArnaldsOlof Arnalds
1980 AD
 
Ásgeir ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
13 May 1894
Former President of Iceland

Halldór ÁsgrímssonHalldór Ásgrímsson
08 September 1947
Prime Minister

Ólafur Ragnar GrímssonÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
14 May 1943
President

Viðar Örn KjartanssonViðar Örn Kjartansson
11 March 1990
Footballer