As Icelanders go to the polls on Saturday to decide on their next president, the sitting candidate faces a challenge from an unlikely contender – a 37-year-old mother of three, with a newborn baby…
.. It’s not Thora who is carrying the baby, but her partner of eight years, Svavar, with whom she has two other children, aged six and four..
.. Ms Arnorsdottir already had a high-profile job as a television reporter in Iceland where she is a household name, when, two months ago, while heavily pregnant, she announced she was running to be the country’s head of state.
As she criss-crosses the barren Icelandic countryside trying to reach voters outside the capital, Thora Arnorsdottir mostly breastfeeds Sky in the campaign minibus.
Ms Arnorsdottir acknowledges that some voters will think she’s trying to take on too much but she’s undaunted.
“It’s the most natural thing in the world to have a baby,” she says in fluent English.
“She comes everywhere with us. We’ve always divided duties at home: we’ve both been working in full-time jobs and Icelandic women have always worked no matter how many children they have and that won’t change. It doesn’t matter what the job is or if they’re called ‘president’.”
From here at the BBC. Thanks to Jane for the link.