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Í víglínu íslenskra fjármála

By Svein Harald Øygard, interim Central Bank Governor of Iceland in 2009, after the crash.

Iceland became the symbol of the 2008 Global Financial crisis. It fell the furthest. Amazingly, it also recovered the fastest. Svein Harald Øygard was interim Central Bank Governor of Iceland in 2009, after the crash. This book takes you behind the scenes in the lead up to the crisis and its aftermath, as the worldwide forces of finance and politics converged in tiny Iceland.

Release dates

  • Norway (Norwegian)
    May 28th, 2019
  • Iceland (Icelandic)
    October 1st, 2019
  • UK/World Emglish (English)
    February 20th, 2020
  • The US
    May 19th, 2020
  • China (Simplified Chinese)
    Mid-2020

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About Svein Harald Øygard

Svein Harald Øygard was interim Central Bank Governor of Iceland in 2009, after the crash. He was Deputy Minister of Finance of Norway from 1990 to 1994, being part of the team addressing the Norwegian banking-, macro and currency crisis. He worked as in international corporate strategist at McKinsey and Company from 1995 to 2016, with a break to become Governor. Øygard was parachuted into a crisis-ridden country, becoming one of a handful of non-citizens ever to head a Central Bank. Øygard´s role gave him a unique vantage point from which to observe Iceland, its people and its institutions, as well as the forces of global banking, finance and economics. He saw how institutions and leaders behaved, from inside the system, during one of the world’s worst crises.

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The arena of global finance

The basis for the crash was laid through half a decade as the leading players of global finance took a position on Iceland. Through the crash the political aspects became ever more important. Friends behaved as foes and new far away friends came to the rescue. Thereafter it again became a battle between some of the strongest forces of global finance. 20 of the 50 largest US hedge funds came to Iceland. The book tells the story.

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