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Yesterday Iceland elected a new president.  After the final deadline to announce a candidacy, with the requirement to have a list of at least 1,500 supporters, on May 21st, nine candidates competed.   Three to four candidates were considered to have a break for the job, and five that most Icelanders thought would not have a chance, which became apparent in the elections.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is married to Canadian-born Eliza Reid

Iceland is electing a new president. Finally, after President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has made up his mind and announced that he is not seeking a sixth term, the list of candidates is becoming clearer. At least a dozen candidates have officially announced their candidacy. The deadline to put a name on the ballot, with the requirement to have a list of at least 1,500 supporters, is May 21. The election is on June 25. Apparently, Mr. Grímsson has had some personal and psychological difficulties reaching his decision, making the time leading up to the presidential election a bit of a farce.

Bessastaðir, the residence of the President of Iceland

The vivacious Eliza Reid is very much her own woman; an entrepreneur, a writer, a mother of four, with a Master’s degree in modern history from Oxford University – and quite an asset to her husband.

The vivacious Eliza Reid is very much her own woman; an entrepreneur, a writer, a mother of four, with a Master’s degree in modern history from Oxford University