Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir - Minister of the Interior

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir was born on 12 October 1966, in Hafnarfjörður, and grew up there, the daughter of Aðalheiður J. Björnsdóttir and Kristján Ármannsson. She and her husband, Vilhjálmur Jens Árnason, a graduate in Philosophy and a business consultant, have two daughters.


M.Sc. in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
1991 BA in Political Science from the University of Iceland.
1986 Matriculated from Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík.
1984 Upper School examination from the Commercial College of Iceland (Verzlunarskóli Íslands).


Since 2013
1st MP on the Independence Party list (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) for Reykjavík South.
2002- 2013
City Councillor for the Independence Party.
2008-2010 Mayor of Reykjavík.
2006-2008 President of the Reykjavík City Council.                                  
2006 – 2008 Chairman of the Reykjavík Town Planning Council.
1999 – 2006 Assistant Manager of the Independence Party.
1995 – 1999 Manager of the Independence Party's group of MPs.
1994 – 1995 Departmental specialist in the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
1990 – 1991 
Employee of the Committee on National Security.

Positions in societies and committees

2003–2013  Reykjavík City Council 
2010–2013 Member of Reykjavík City's Administrative System Committee.
Since 2006 Member of the board of the Union of Local Authorities in Iceland
2011–2013 Member of the board of the Faxaflói Ports (Faxaflóahafnir)
2008–2010 Chairman of Metropolitan Area Civil Defence Committee
2008–2010 Chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade
2008–2010 Member of the board of the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities
2005 – 2006 Member of the Reykjavík Development Council
2005 – 2006 Member of the Reykjavík Cultural Affairs Committee
2004 – 2006 Alternate member of the board of Landsvirkjun
2003 – 2005 Member of the board of the Property Agency
2002 – 2006 Member of the Árbær Suburban Council
2002 – 2005
Member of the Reykjavík Planning and Building Committee
2002 – 2005  Member of the Reykjavík Educational Council
2002 – 2003  Member of the Reykjavík Cultural Affairs Committee
1997 – 1998 Chairman of a committee appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science on the formulation of a continuing education policy 
1995 – 1999 Member of the committee of the Independence Party's Youth Federation
1995 – 1996 Member of the committee of the Independence Party's district association in Austurbær and Norðurmýri [Reykjavík]


Hanna Birna has written a number of articles on politics which have appeared in newspapers, periodicals and books.