News and Press Releases

12.9.2017 Frontpage FJR National Budget Proposal 2018

The Fiscal Budget Proposal submitted to the Icelandic parliament Althingi today is consistent with the objectives of the five-year Fiscal Plan for 2018-2022, adopted by the Althingi last June.

27.6.2017 Frontpage STJR EFTA Ministerial meeting - Communiqué

On 26 June 2017, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Longyearbyen.

20.6.2017 Frontpage STJR Ministerial meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States concluded in Reykjavik

The Ministerial marked the 25th anniversary of the CBSS and concluded Iceland ‘s presidency of the Council.

19.6.2017 Frontpage STJR Submarine surveillance exercise in Icelandic waters

The exercise named Dynamic Mongoose 2017 draws on assets and personnel from nine NATO Allies; USA, Norway, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Poland and the Netherlands. It is held from 23 June to July 6.

1.6.2017 Ministry of Industries and Innovation Presentation: Use of living marine resources in Iceland

Presentation made by Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson Senior Advisor

24.5.2017 Ministry of Industries and Innovation The hunt for Marine data in an imperfect World

Presentation made by Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson

23.5.2017 Prime Minister´s Office Manchester terror attack - Prime Minister of Iceland expresses his condolences to the British Prime Minister

On behalf of the Government of Iceland I express my deepest condolences in the wake of the heinous attack that took place in Manchester last night .

4.5.2017 Frontpage STJR The most powerful tool we have to safeguard our interests

Today, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, presented his annual report on Foreign and International Affairs to Parliament. In addition to providing an overview over foreign policy issues and events in the last 12 months, it lays down detailed, forward-looking foreign policy objectives.

1.5.2017 Ministry of Justice - Ministry of Transport and Local Government Two new ministries commence operation

Two new Government ministries commenced operation on 1 May 2017 — the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Transport and Local Government — which took the place of the Ministry of the Interior. The change is based on the decision of the Government and Parliamentary approval of a parliamentary resolution on the division of the Ministry of the Interior.

12.4.2017 Frontpage STJR Barbershop at the Nordic house - Mobilizing Men and Boys for Gender Equality

A Barbershop Conference focused on mobilizing men and boys for gender equality will be held at the Nordic House in Reykjavík on 23 May 2017.

30.3.2017 Frontpage STJR Foreign Minister and President meet with Russia's President Putin

The President of Iceland, Gudni Th. Johannesson, and Guðlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, today had a meeting with Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, in Archangelsk, where they have been taking part in the International Arctic Forum.

12.3.2017 Prime Minister´s Office Iceland Lifts Capital Controls

The Government of Iceland today announces that capital controls on the country's individuals, firms, and pension funds have been lifted with effect on Tuesday. The removal of the capital controls, which stabilised the currency and economy during the country's unprecedented financial crash, represents the completion of Iceland's return to international financial markets.

16.2.2017 Frontpage STJR NATO members stand strong and united

Earlier today NATO defence ministers concluded their meeting in Brussels where discussions focused on transatlantic relations, security challenges and increased defence preparedness in the Alliance's eastern and southern areas.

11.1.2017 Prime Minister´s Office New Icelandic Government - government of Mr. Bjarni Benediktsson takes office

A Government of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future has been formed and took office today. Eleven ministers will take seat in the Government, six from the Independence Party, three from the Reform Party and two from Bright Future. 

2.12.2016 Frontpage STJR "Iceland" issue a matter of principle

At a meeting with Iceland Foods, the company stated that it was unwilling to relinquish control of the wordmark “Iceland” and presented proposals that fell short of Iceland's expectations. Legal action to invalidate the exclusive trademark of ‘Iceland' held by Iceland Foods at the EUIPO that started in November will proceed.


24.11.2016 Frontpage STJR Legal action over the use of the word ‘Iceland'

The Government of Iceland, on behalf of Iceland's businesses and people, today announces that it has taken legal action against the UK supermarket chain Iceland Foods with the goal of ensuring the right of Icelandic companies to use the word ‘ICELAND' in relation to their goods and services.

23.11.2016 Frontpage STJR Iceland welcomes announcement by EFTA Surveillance Authority

Iceland today welcomes the announcement from the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) that Icelandic laws on the treatment of offshore krona assets are compliant with the EEA agreement.

24.10.2016 Frontpage STJR Iceland's women walkout to demand equal pay

Icelandic women leave their workplaces at 14:38 hrs. today, demanding equal pay for the same work as men. Foreign Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, along with women employees of the ministry, in Iceland and elsewhere, will participate in the walkout.

27.9.2016 Frontpage STJR Iceland and Baltic States mark 25th anniversary of reestablishment of diplomatic relations

The Foreign Ministers of the three Baltic States and Iceland attended a signing ceremony yesterday in Reykjavík,  to mark the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and Iceland's recognition of independence of the Baltic State

22.9.2016 Frontpage STJR UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by Iceland

Iceland's Parliament has unanimously adopted the Foreign Minister's proposal  to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

21.9.2016 Frontpage STJR Iceland ratifies the Paris Agreement

During a high-level UN event in New York, marking the entry into force of the United Nations Paris Agreement, Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, announced today that Iceland has formally ratified the Agreement.

19.9.2016 Frontpage STJR The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation

20th Anniversary statement by Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council Member States.

12.9.2016 Frontpage STJR Resolution for ratification of the Paris Agreement put forward to Parliament

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, has put forward a resolution to Parliament on the ratification of the United Nations' Paris Agreement on climate change.

8.9.2016 Frontpage STJR Parliament passes bill on National Security Council

Permanent members of the National Security Council are the Prime Minister, who will serve as the Chairman of the Council, the Foreign Minister, the Minister of the Interior as well as the Permanent Secretaries of the respective three Ministries

29.6.2016 Frontpage STJR Joint Declaration between Iceland and the United States on security and defense affairs

The declaration stipulates continued support of the United States to the NATO air surveillance mission in Iceland and rotational presence of ASWs, close consultations on security and defense affairs, maintainance and operation of defense facilities, information exchange and practical cooperation in the fields of search and rescue and disaster relief.

22.6.2016 Ministry of Industries and Innovation New legislation on home sharing to take effect in Iceland

The parliament of Iceland (Althingi) passed a Bill amending legislation no. 85/2007 regarding tourist accommodation licensing (Icelandic: Lög um veitingastaði, gististaði og skemmtanahald) on May 31st, 2016. The new legislation will take effect on January 1st, 2017.

17.6.2016 Frontpage STJR Over 70 Foreign Ambassadors participated in the National Day celebrations

The participation of foreign representatives has been an inseperable part of the official celebrations and an important venue for Icelandic authorities to strengthen ties with friends from all over the world.

20.5.2016 Frontpage FJR The next steps in capital account liberalisation

This afternoon the Icelandic Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Bjarni Benediktsson, submitted before Parliament a bill of Law that sets forth the next steps towards liberalisation of capital controls in Iceland.

4.5.2016 Frontpage STJR Hrannar Pétursson Political Advisor to the Minister

Mr. Hrannar Pétursson has been appointed as a political advisor to the Minster for Foreign Affairs, as of today, 4 May

25.4.2016 Frontpage FJR Treasury finances February 2016

Statistics for Treasury finances for February 2016 are now available.

18.4.2016 Frontpage STJR Parliament approves national security policy for Iceland

On 13 April Parliament approved the Minister for Foreign Affairs' proposed Parliamentary resolution on a national security policy for Iceland, with no dissenting vote.

7.4.2016 Prime Minister´s Office Government of Mr. Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson takes office

Ten ministers will take seat in the Government, five from the Progressive Party, and five from the Independence Party. Two of the current ministries, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, and Ministry of Welfare, will have two ministers each.

1.4.2016 Ministry of Industries and Innovation Fisheries in the Arctic: Lessons to be learned

Presentation made by Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso, Norway 24-29th of January where he discussed what lessons can be learned from developing global fisheries as new areas in the Arctic open up for fisheries development. 

17.3.2016 Frontpage STJR Minister presents annual report on Foreign and International Affairs to Parliament

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, presented his annual report on Foreign and International Affairs to Parliament. 

14.3.2016 Ministry of Justice - Ministry of Transport and Local Government Presidential Election 2016

The electoral term of the President of Iceland expires on 31 July 2016. In accordance with the Act on Candidacy and Election of the President of Iceland, elections to choose a president for the next four-year term will be held on Saturday, 25 June 2016.  

4.3.2016 Frontpage FJR Treasury finances January-December 2015

Statistics for Treasury finances for January-December 2015 are now available.

14.1.2016 Ministry of Industries and Innovation Road Map for Tourism in Iceland

Over the past years, the rise in the number of tourists visiting Iceland has far exceeded forecasts and the sector is expected to continue to grow. In order to support the successful development of tourism in Iceland, the minister of Industries and Commerce, who is also the minister of Tourism, and the Icelandic Travel Industry Association joined forces to shape a long-term tourism strategy with an emphasis on sustainable development.

13.1.2016 Frontpage FJR Treasury finances January-November 2015

Statistics for Treasury finances for January-November 2015 are now available.

12.1.2016 Frontpage STJR ICEDIA's activities transferred to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The purpose is to simplify the organisation of development cooperation in order to maximise results and ensure the best possible use of the funds allocated to this policy area.

9.12.2015 Frontpage FJR Treasury finances January-October 2015

Statistics for Treasury finances for January-October 2015 are now available.