New Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources appointed
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has appointed Progressive Party MP Sigrún Magnúsdóttir as the new Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources. Until now the portfolio has been covered by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.
Sigrún Magnúsdóttir (70) has a BA in Folklore and Urban Studies from the University of Iceland (2006). From 1962 – 1971 she worked in banking before becoming a trader in 1971. She went on to serve on the Reykjavík City Council for 16 years, including as chairman of the city council for 6 years and has served on the boards of several companies. Sigrún Magnúsdóttir was elected as Member of Parliament to the Reykjavík North constituency in 2013 and is married to former Social Affairs Minister Páll Pétursson.