Iceland is about to make history. Again.
Sigurdardottir, who is currently social affairs minister, and her partner, Jonina Leosdottir, a playwright and journalist, were joined in a civil ceremony in 2002. A former flight attendant, Sigurdardottir is one of the few politicians in the country who remains popular despite Iceland’s economic crisis. She also has great hair.
In case you’ve been too preoccupied with the U.S. economy to notice, Iceland has been in turmoil since its banks collapsed last fall. The country’s currency followed and on Monday, Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned.
Both parties of Iceland’s coalition government support Sigurdardottir and expect her to be installed as interim prime minister on Saturday. She will serve until the May election. Although her tenure may be brief, her appointment is a step toward rebuilding public trust in the government.
While the press puts Sigurdardottir’s sexual orientation front and center, what do Icelanders have to say about it?
Iris Erlingsdottir, an Icelandic journalist, sums up her country’s attitude toward the matter. (It’s a long quote, but too good to cut.)
Wait — the people of Iceland are more concerned about a leader’s qualifications than her sexual orientation? What is the world coming to?
Whatever it is, I hope it gets to the U.S. soon.