Party affiliation: Social Democratic Party
Deputy Member, Reykjavik City Council, 1966-1970. Member of the Nordic Council Presidium, 1978-1979, Deputy, 1980-1981. Member of Parliament, since 1978.
Chairman, Parliamentary Budget Committee, 1980. Chairman, Nordic Council cultural committee, 1981-1987. Chairman, Parliamentary Social Democratic Party Group, 1983-1991.
Chairman, Nordic Council legal committee, 1987-1989. Representative to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, 1989-1991. Minister for the Environment and Minister for Nordic Cooperation.
Journalist and assistant editor, Althydubladid, 1962-1967. Chief translator, journalist and deputy news editor, Icelandic Television, 1967-1978. Member, Radio Council in Iceland, 1978-1987.