Katrín Jakobsdóttir

  • Iceland
  • Political, Women’s Rights

Katrin Jakobsdottir is an Icelandic politician who has been serving as the prime minister of Iceland since 2017 and a member of the Althing for the Reykjavík North constituency since 2007. On 19 February 2020, she was named Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. A popular and fervent feminist who has become a unifying force after years of political upheaval, Jakobsdottir has won over Icelanders with her integrity, sincerity, and consensual management style. A former education minister, from 2009 to 2013, she has remained down-to-Earth and avoided scandal during her years in power, earning the people’s trust, according to analysts. As head of government, Katrín made taxes more progressive, invested in social housing, extended parental leave, and reduced gender pay inequality. 

Born into a family of academics and lawmakers, Jakobsdottir is the second woman to head Iceland’s government. Her concern for the environment was awakened in the 2000s by a controversial project to build a hydroelectric dam in eastern Iceland. A graduate of the University of Iceland, she joined the youth wing of the Left Green Movement in 2002, before becoming deputy leader a year later. She has been the head of the party since 2013.

In September 2021, almost four years after her inauguration, Katrín remains highly popular, and leaves an image of integrity and sincerity. Her good management of the COVID-19 pandemic has been praised, with the country having one of the best health records in Europe.


  • Population
  • Capital
  • GDP (PPP)
  • June 17, 1944
  • Total Area
    102,775 km2 (106th)
  • Demonym
  • Government
    Unitary parliamentary republic


This illustration of Katrín Jakobsdóttir celebrates her unwavering commitment to progress and equality. Represented through clean lines in dark gray ink, her likeness is depicted on a newsprint-inspired background to symbolize the headlines she made for her work toward closing the gender pay gap. As a popular and passionate feminist, Jakobsdottir has become a unifying force in Icelandic politics, earning the trust of her constituents through her integrity, sincerity, and consensual leadership style. Her accomplishments as Prime Minister, including tax reform, social housing investments, extended parental leave, and the reduction of gender pay inequality, demonstrate her dedication to creating a fairer society for all. This portrait serves as a tribute to her efforts and a reminder of her impact on the world.

  • Illustration by
    Grace Song