Famous Icelander - Icelander Celebrities
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.
Find out more about the greatest Icelanders, including Bobby Fischer, Leif Erikson, Erik the Red, Bjork and Bjarni Tryggvason.
The Most Famous Icelander
|Bobby Fischer||March 9, 1943||American, Icelander||Bobby Fischer is considered one of the greatest chess players of all times|
|Bjarni Tryggvason||September 21, 1945||Canadian, Icelander||Bjarni Tryggvason is a former Icelandic-Canadian astronaut|
|Bjork||November 21, 1965||Icelander||Bjork Guomundsdottie is a singer, lyricist and producer from Iceland|
|Stefán Karl Stefánsson||July 10, 1975||American, Icelander||Stefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic film, television, and theatre actor|
|Leif Erikson||970||Icelander||Leif Erikson was an Icelandic explorer who became the first European to reach North America|
|Erik the Red||950||Icelander||Erik the Red was the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland|
|Einar Jónsson||May 11, 1874||Icelander||Einar Jonsson was Iceland’s first sculptor|