Icelander

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.

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 1 Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 17, 2008

Bobby Fischer began as a chess prodigy in his teens and went on to become the youngest "grandmaster," at 15. His participation in a politically controversial match in Yugoslavia led to the revocation of his U.S. passport and his arrest. He spent the final years of his life in Iceland.

 2 Bjork

Bjork.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Icelandic singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Bjork is an Icelandic singer, record producer, songwriter, DJ, and actress. She is best known for her association with the now-defunct yet popular band, The Sugarcubes. The bestselling Icelandic singer-songwriter of all time, Bjork was named in Time magazine's most influential people in the world list in 2015. Over the course of her illustrious career, Bjork has received several awards.

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 3 Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson.
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Famous As: First European to reach North America
Birthdate: 0970 AD
Birthplace: Iceland
Died: 1020 AD

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer widely believed to have been one of the earliest Europeans to have set foot on North America, at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus. He is also credited with establishing a Norse settlement at coastal North America, as told in the sagas of Icelanders. He has been portrayed in films like The Viking (1928).

 4 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.
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Famous As: Strongman
Birthdate: November 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is an Icelandic actor and former professional strongman. He inspired a number of Icelandic strongmen by becoming the first person to win the World's Strongest Man, Europe's Strongest Man, and Arnold Strongman Classic in the same calendar year. His popularity as a strongman earned him the role of Gregor Clegane in the popular series Game of Thrones.

 5 Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefán Karl Stefánsson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður
Died: August 21, 2018

Stefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic singer and actor. He is remembered for playing Robbie Rotten in the popular children's television series, LazyTown. In June 2018, he was honored with the Order of the Falcon. In August 2018, Stefán Karl died of cancer. The launch of a performing arts academy in his honor was announced after his death.

 6 Erik the Red

Erik the Red.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First permanent European settler in Greenland
Birthdate: 0950 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 1003 AD
Tenth-century Norse explorer Erik Thorvaldsson, also known as Erik the Red for his red beard and hair, is a prominent figure in Icelandic legends. He was the founder of the first settlement in Greenland. Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, the first Viking to explore Vinland, was one of Erik's sons.

 7 Daði Freyr

Daði Freyr
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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 8 Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar Nelson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

 9 Jóhann Jóhannsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: February 9, 2018

 10 Hera Hilmar

Hera Hilmar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iceland

 11 Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Connecticut, USA

 12 Magnús Scheving

Magnús Scheving.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Borgarnes, Iceland

Magnús Scheving is best known as the creator of the BAFTA-winning children’s series Lazy Town, which has its roots in Scheving’s first book and centers around children’s fitness. The Icelandic aerobic gymnastic champion is also a motivational speaker and has previously been a fitness trainer at a school.

 13 Heida Reed

Heida Reed
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

 14 Jon Pall Sigmarsson

Jon Pall Sigmarsson.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Strongman
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Died: January 16, 1993
The first person to win the World’s Strongest Man title four times, Icelandic bodybuilder Jon Pall Sigmarsson is remembered for his Herculean strength and his crowd-pulling aggression. He called himself a Viking and would chant at the audience mid-performance. He died of a heart attack while deadlifting in his gym.

 15 Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 16 Magnús Ver Magnússon

Magnús Ver Magnússon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sportsperson, Powerlifter
Birthdate: April 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Egilsstaðir

 17 Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson

Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

 18 Anita Briem

Anita Briem
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 19 Katrín Davíðsdóttir

Katrín Davíðsdóttir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 20 Tómas Lemarquis

Tómas Lemarquis
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 21 Sara Sigmundsdóttir

Sara Sigmundsdóttir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjanesbær, Iceland

 22 Aron Gunnarsson

Aron Gunnarsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akureyri

 23 Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Garður

 24 Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mosfellsbær, Iceland

BAFTA-winning Irish multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds is known for his innovative experiments with electronic music. A trained drummer and pianist, he uses his customized software to mingle classical and modern notes. He is also known for his collaborative initiatives, such as his work with the techno duo Kiasmos.

 25 Alfreð Finnbogason

Alfreð Finnbogason
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: February 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grindavík, Iceland

 26 Snorri Sturluson

Snorri Sturluson
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1179 AD
Birthplace: Iceland

 27 Katrín Jakobsdóttir

Katrín Jakobsdóttir
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: February 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 28 Johanna Siguroardottir

Johanna Siguroardottir
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 29 Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod

 30 Jónsi

Jónsi
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 31 Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: March 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

 32 Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir

Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 33 Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir

Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 34 Baltasar Kormakur

Baltasar Kormakur
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 35 Thorfinn Karlsefni

Thorfinn Karlsefni
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Iceland

 36 Aron Jóhannsson

Aron Jóhannsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile

 37 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: October 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavik

 38 Magnus Magnusson

Magnus Magnusson
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Kingdom of Iceland
Died: January 7, 2007

 39 Ragnar Sigurðsson

Ragnar Sigurðsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: June 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavik

 40 Emilíana Torrini

Emilíana Torrini
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iceland

 41 Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 42 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: April 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 43 Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir

Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 44 Benedikt Magnússon

Benedikt Magnússon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: strongman, powerlifter
Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iceland

 45 Jón Daði Böðvarsson

Jón Daði Böðvarsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: May 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Selfoss, Iceland

 46 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ísafjörður

 47 Jón Gnarr

Jón Gnarr
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 48 Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir

Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mosfellsbær, Iceland

 49 Freydís Eiríksdóttir

Freydís Eiríksdóttir
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 0970 AD
Birthplace: Iceland

 50 Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir

Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland