Party affiliation: People's Alliance
Reserve City Councillor, Reykjavik, 1966-1974. Board member, People's Alliance Youth Movement, National Association of Youth. Member. Executive Committee, People's Alliance, since 1968.
Chairman, European Free Trade Association Ministerial Cltee., 1979. Chairman, People's Alliance, 1980-1987. Member, Icelandic Committee for Safety at Sea, 1984-1986.
Member. Board of Directors, National University Hospital of Iceland, 1987-1988, since 1991. Minister of Commerce, 1978-1979. Minister of Social Affairs, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, 1980-1983.
Minister of Culture and Education, 198891. Chairman, Nordic Ministers of Culture and Education, 1990. Member, Board of Nordic Culture Fund, since 1991.
Chairman, Nordic Ministerial Committee, 1989-1990. Member of Althingi, since 1978. Journalist, Thjôdviljinn (newspaper), 196467, member.
Editorial Board, since 1968, Editor, 1971-1978.