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Morgunblaðið's front page, 8 December 2005
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Vilhjálmur Finsen
Ólafur Björnsson
EditorDavíð Oddsson and Haraldur Johannessen
Political alignmentCentre-right
HeadquartersReykjavík, Iceland

Morgunblaðið (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈmɔrkʏnˌplaːðɪθ], The Morning Paper) is an Icelandic newspaper. Morgunblaðið's website,, is the most popular website in Iceland.[2]


Morgunblaðið was founded by Vilhjálmur Finsen and Ólafur Björnsson, brother of Iceland's first president. The first issue, only eight pages long, was published on 2 November 1913.[3]

On 25 February 1964, the paper first printed a caricature by Sigmúnd Jóhannsson which featured the first landings on Surtsey.[4] He became a permanent cartoonist for Morgunblaðið in 1975 and worked there until October 2008.[5]

In a controversial decision, the owners of the paper decided in September 2009 to appoint Davíð Oddsson, a member of the Independence Party, Iceland's longest-serving Prime Minister and former Governor of the Central Bank, as one of the two editors of the paper.[6]

In May 2010, Helgi Sigurðsson was hired as the papers cartoonist. He became known for controversial drawings on topics such as immigration, refugees and COVID-19.[7][8][9][10] His last drawing was published on 14 December 2021. On 7 January 2022, it was reported that Helgi had resigned from Morgunblaðið, following editorial requests that he would tone down his latest submissions.[11][12]

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  1. ^ Merskin, Debra L. (2019-11-12). The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. SAGE Publications. pp. 781–782. ISBN 978-1-4833-7552-6.
  2. ^ " Traffic, Topplisti innlend umferð - Gallup". (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  3. ^ "Morgunblaðið". National and University Library of Iceland. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  4. ^ Guðni Einarsson (16 December 2004). "Spegilmyndir samtímans". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). pp. 32–33. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Sigmund sendir kveðju í lit". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 29 November 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  6. ^ (24.9.2009). Davíð og Haraldur ritstjórar. MBL.
  7. ^ Þórarinn Þórarinsson (16 August 2018). "Ný Moggabomba: "Mynd dagsins er ógeðsleg"". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  8. ^ Jakob Bjarnar (5 October 2018). "Hin meinta drátthaga langatöng bláu handarinnar skilur ekki lætin". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  9. ^ Bjartmar Oddur Þeyr Alexandersson (18 August 2020). "Skopmyndateiknari Morgunblaðsins segist vita um lækningu við Covid: "Ég er náttúrulega ekki læknir"". Stundin (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  10. ^ Birgir Olgeirsson (1 September 2015). "Skopmynd Morgunblaðsins afar umdeild". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  11. ^ Bára Huld Beck (7 January 2022). "Helgi Sig hættur að teikna fyrir Morgunblaðið". Kjarninn (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  12. ^ Jakob Bjarnar (7 January 2022). "Umdeildur skopmyndateiknari Moggans hverfur á braut". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 7 January 2022.

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