Thóra Arnórsdóttir

Last updated
Thóra Arnórsdóttir
Thora Arnors-2020.jpg
Born (1975-02-18) 18 February 1975 (age 46)
Alma mater University of Iceland
Johns Hopkins University
Partner(s)Svavar Halldórsson

Thóra Arnórsdóttir (Þóra Arnórnsdóttir; born Reykjavik 18 February 1975), is an Icelandic documentary film maker, media personality and a candidate for the presidential election in June 2012. [1]



She has worked as a journalist and news editor at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and is currently the managing editor of Kveikur, an investigative journalism TV program on the station. [2] At Kveikur, Thora was responsible for reporting on the Panama Papers which ultimately led to the resignation of the then prime minister of Iceland [3] and the Fishrot Files that exposed corrupt links between the Namibian government and Samherji, one of Icelands largest fishing companies. [4]

Thora was elected as a Yale World Fellow in 2014. [5] She has also been a lecturer at the University of Iceland on International Relations and Globalization and works internationally as moderator and MC at various events. [6]

Thora is also founder and owner of Hugveitan, a documentary production company that has created films including Hrunið (The Crash), [7] a TV-series on the economic crash in Iceland in 2008, At the Bottom of the Fiord: The Last Farmers in Ísafjardardjup [8] and Pioneers [9] – a series on the women that paved the road in Iceland in various fields. [10] All were nominated to an Edda-prize, Icelands’ TV and Film awards. [11] [ circular reference ] She was the host of Útsvar, Iceland’s most popular quiz show for a decade, from 2007-2017. She was nominated as TV-personality of the Year in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and won the “Peoples´ Choice Award” in 2012 – and nominated for the Journalist Awards in 2009 and 2010.

On 4 April 2012 she announced would stand against the incumbent, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, for the Presidency of Iceland. The president is elected directly by the public and traditionally, the incumbent would not be challenged. This changed in 2012 because of widespread dissatisfaction with the president after 16 years in office, with five candidates challenging him. Thora Arnorsdottir got a third of the votes and was a strong runner-up, despite being pregnant with her third child and giving birth to a daughter during the campaign. [12] [13] [ circular reference ]


She has a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Iceland, an MA degree in international and development economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy, and Washington, DC, USA, where she studied on a Fulbright Scholarship. [14] She was also elected for the prestigious Yale World Fellowship for mid-career global leaders in 2014. [15]

Personal life

She has three children with her partner Svavar Halldórsson, who is also a reporter with RUV, and three step-daughters from her partner's previous marriage. [16]

Her father Arnór Hannibalsson was a philosopher, and professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland. Her grandfather Hannibal Valdimarsson, was a trade union leader, member of parliament and government minister. Her uncle is Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, former Finance Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Her mother was Nína S. Sveinsdóttir (1935-2018), a business administration graduate from the University of Iceland and a lifelong teacher. She has four older brothers. [17]

Related Research Articles

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Icelandic politician

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is an Icelandic politician who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1 August 1980 to 1 August 1996. She was the world's first female who was democratically elected as president. 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. She is also to-date Iceland's only female president.

Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson

Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson is an Icelandic politician and diplomat. He was Minister of Finance from 1987 to 1988 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1995.

Auður Jónsdóttir

Auður Jónsdóttir is one of the most accomplished authors writing in Icelandic today. Her novels have aroused interest in Iceland as well as abroad for their rare blend of incisive candor and humor. She won the Icelandic Literary Prize for The People in the Basement and the Icelandic Women's Literature Prize for Secretaries to the Spirits. Both of these novels were nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize.

Björgólfur Guðmundsson was the chairman and former owner of West Ham United. Björgólfur was Iceland's second businessman worth more than a billion dollars — his son, Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson being the first. He was at one time the majority owner and chairman of the now nationalised Icelandic bank Landsbanki, the second largest company in Iceland. He was ranked by Forbes magazine in March 2008 as the 1014th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. In December of the same year Forbes revalued his net worth to $0, and on 31 July 2009 he was declared bankrupt by the Icelandic courts with debts of almost £500 million.

Þóra Björg Helgadóttir Icelandic footballer

Þóra Björg Helgadóttir, commonly Anglicised as Thora Helgadottir, is an Icelandic footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Trained at university level in the United States, she formerly played for four seasons with Duke University's women's soccer team. She most recently played for Damallsvenskan club Malmö and had previously represented clubs in Iceland, Belgium, Norway and Australia.

Presidential elections were held in Iceland on 30 June 2012. The result was a victory for the incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who defeated his nearest rival Thóra Arnórsdóttir by nearly 20% of the vote, and went on to serve a record fifth term as president of Iceland.

Björgólfur Jóhannsson is an Icelandic business executive, former President and CEO of Icelandair Group, the holding company of Icelandair, the flag carrier of Iceland. Björgólfur resigned as the Company's President & CEO on 27 August 2018 and Bogi Nils Bogason, the Company's CFO, became interim President & CEO of the Company Björgólfur was also the chairman of the board of the Confederation of Icelandic Employers but stepped down On 7 March 2017

Arnór Hannibalsson was an Icelandic philosopher, historian, and translator and former professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland. He completed a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Moscow and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Sigurdur Thordarson, commonly known as Siggi hakkari, is an Icelander known for various information leaks, frauds and embezzlements, and for his involvement with the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks.

2016 Icelandic presidential election

Presidential elections took place in Iceland on 25 June 2016. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, elected in 1996, stepped down after serving five consecutive terms. The history professor Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was elected after receiving a plurality of 39.1% of the vote. He took office on 1 August, as the first new president of Iceland in twenty years.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson President of Iceland (2016-present)

Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson is an Icelandic historian serving as the sixth and current president of Iceland. He took office in 2016 after winning the most votes in the 2016 election, 71,356 (39.1%). He was reelected in 2020 with 92.2% of the vote.

Auður Laxness

Auður Sveinsdóttir Laxness was an Icelandic writer and craftswoman, credited with influencing the design and popularity of the Icelandic Lopapeysa sweater during the mid-20th century. Her husband was Icelandic Nobel Literature laureate Halldór Laxness, and Auður worked as his secretary and writing collaborator for many years. In 2002, Auður received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon for her contributions to Icelandic culture.

Sigrún Davíðsdóttir is an Icelandic journalist and writer. She became the London correspondent for the Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV in 2000 and has been nominated as RÚV's Reporter of the Year. She is particularly noted for her coverage, since the 2008 Icelandic financial crisis, of financial crime, tax avoidance, and corruption, documented through her blog Icelog. She has, however, published a wide variety of books alongside her journalism.

Sigríður Á. Andersen Icelandic politician and lawyer

Sigríður Ásthildur Andersen is an Icelandic politician and lawyer who served as the Minister of Justice of Iceland from 2017–2019. She resigned as minister of justice after the European Court of Human Rights found her appointments of judges to the Icelandic court of appeals to be illegal.

Helga Vala Helgadóttir is an Icelandic politician of the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin). She is a member of the Althing, elected in the 2017 Icelandic parliamentary election on 28 October 2017, representing the constituency of Reykjavík North.

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir is an Icelandic actress and musician. She graduated from the drama department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the spring of 2007.

Iva Marín Adrichem, known simply as Iva, is a Dutch-Icelandic singer and songwriter.

Marga Ingeborg Thome Icelandic academic

Marga Ingeborg Thome is a German-Icelandic nursing scholar. She is a professor emerita at the University of Iceland. In 2010, Marga was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon.

Herdís Sveinsdóttir Icelandic academic

Herdís Sveinsdóttir is a professor in nursing and dean at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Iceland.


  1. "Þóra staðfestir forsetaframboð – Svavar tekur sér leyfi frá störfum" (in Icelandic). 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  2. Kveikur
  3. RUV, 03/04/2016
  4. RUV, Fishrot
  5. Yale, World Fellows
  6. Eurafrican Forum
  7. - The Crash, 2008
  8. Inndjúpið, 2015
  10. Yale, World Fellows
  11. is:Edduverðlaunin
  12. The Observer, Tracy McVeigh, She's young, blonde, polite and doesn't do party politics: just the guy for president, 23 June 2012
  13. Wikipedia: 2012 Icelandic presidential election
  14. Ásta Sigrún Magnúsdóttir (2012-04-04). "Flestir lesendur vilja Þóru sem forseta" (in Icelandic). DV. Archived from the original on 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  15. Yale, World Fellows
  16. The Observer, Tracy McVeigh, She's young, blonde, polite and doesn't do party politics: just the guy for president, 23 June 2012
  17. Morgaunbladid, Nína Sæunn Sveinsdóttir, 9 January 2019