Sigurdottir is the world's first openly gay leader and a former air hostess and union organiser.
These elections are also historic in the sense that 27 out of 63 MPs in parliament are women (i.e. 43 percent), which is a higher percentage than ever before.
Icelanders made it clear at the polls on the weekend that they perceived their predominantly male politicians and bankers as part of the problem, and that it may be women - and the way they do politics and business - who need to be given a chance to tidy up the mess.The election was basically won on a commitment to join the EU asap, however, the Left Greens who are the coalition partner are essentially eurosceptic and there remains much anxiety over fishing grounds and the possible impact of EU membership on this. Obviously big challenges lie ahead for the new PM.
GDP is likely to shrink by 10% this year. Half the country’s businesses are technically insolvent; some 15% of Icelanders are in negative equity. More foreclosures look inevitable; the three big banks are unlikely to survive in their current form.More here.