Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts. Spoken languages: Icelandic, English, Danish, Swedish, German.
Director of Division of Education of Federation Icelandic Co-operative Societies 1951-1958. Minister for Foreign Affairs 1978-1980, Prime Minister 1979-1980. Ambassador to Sweden 1982-1987, Ambassador-at-Large Asia Pacific Area since 1987.
Director State Educational Library 1969-1978. Chairman 1957-1959 and 1960-1971. Chairman Social Democratic Party 1974-1980.
Althing (Pari.) 1956-1982. Standing Committee N. Atlantic. State Radio Council 1956-1971.
Board of directors, National Economics Institute 1971-1978.
Spouse Heidi, National of Iceland.