Rt Hon Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
|4th President of Iceland|
1 August 1980 – 1 August 1996
|Prime Minister||Gunnar Thoroddsen
|Preceded by||Kristján Eldjárn|
|Succeeded by||Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson|
|Born||15 April 1930
Reykjavík, Kingdom of Iceland
|Alma mater||University of Paris
University of Grenoble
University of Copenhagen
University of Iceland
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir [ˈvɪɣtis ˈfɪn.pɔɣaˌtoʊhtɪr] ( listen) (born April 15, 1930) was the 4th president of Iceland. She was president from 1980 to 1996. She was the world's first elected female head of state. With a presidency of exactly sixteen years, she also remains the longest-serving, elected female head of state of any country to date. Currently, she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and a Member of the Club of Madrid. At her election in 1980 she was the first woman to be elected the head of state in a democratic election. She was re-elected unopposed in 1984 and 1992, and beat her opponent in the election of 1988. She studied literature and drama at the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne in Paris, and also at the University of Iceland. She graduated in English and French literature, and has a degree in education.
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