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Events

  • 06.Apr

    Absentee voting for local elections on May 26, 2018 has begun

    Polling stations abroad are all of the diplomatic missions of Iceland along with the offices of 215 honorary consuls all over the world.
  • 11.Sep

    Iceland‘s first session as a member of the Human Rights Council

    Yesterday was a historic day when Iceland attended the first session of the Human Rights Council since being elected to the Council this summer.
  • 24.Oct

    NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland

    As an integral part of Trident Juncture 2018, several activities took place in Iceland last week with the participation of some one thousand troops, leading up to the main part of the exercise in Norway. Ten naval vessels docked in Reykjavik Harbour over the weekend for a pre-sail conference.
  • 30.Oct

    Iceland hosts annual NATO conference

    This week, Iceland hosts the annual NATO conference on weapons of mass destruction, arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Iceland‘s Minister for Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of disarmament and peace in his keynote speech.
  • 17.Dec

    EFTA and Indonesia sign CEPA agreement

    Ministers and other representatives from the EFTA States, including Iceland, and from Indonesia have signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The agreement will strengthen the economic ties and promote trade and investment between the two sides.
  • 05.Feb

    Statement on the situation in Venezuela

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has declared Iceland‘s support for Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela.
  • 15.Feb

    US Secretary of State visited Iceland

    Trade, Arctic and security and defense were among the topics discussed at a lunch meeting between Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Foreign Minister of Iceland, and Michael Pompeo, US Secretary of State, in Reykjavik today. Pompeo also paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir where they discussed climate change, nuclear disarmament, Arctic affairs and bilateral relations.
  • 26.Feb

    Iceland pledges further support to humanitarian efforts in Yemen

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Foreign Minister of Iceland, warned against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in his speech at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Iceland pledged USD 250,000 at a High-Level Pledging Even for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen held in Geneva today.
  • 22.Mar

    Joint understanding on the application of the third energy package towards Iceland

    Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson and Commissioner Canete discussed on 20 March 2019 the EU Third Energy Package, taking into account the unique situation in Iceland as concerns renewable energy and energy markets.
  • 07.May

    Iceland assumes Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

    Iceland has assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and will lead the Council for two years. This morning, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Guðlaugur Thór Thórdarson, received the gavel from his Finnish counterpart at the Rovaniemi Ministerial Meeting in Finland.
  • 22.May

    Annual Report: Foreign Affairs 2019

    An English excerpt of Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson‘s report on Foreign Affairs is now available. The Minister presented the report to the Althingi Parliament in late April. The entire report can be found here (only in Icelandic).
  • 28.May

    Iceland awarded the Womenomics Honorary Award

    Iceland has been awarded the Womenomics Honorary Award for its contribution to gender equality. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, received the award for Iceland’s position as the global front-runner when it comes to gender equality, during the international business conference The Womenomics Nordic Business Conference.
  • 10.Jun

    Statement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs can confirm that it has been in a communication with the Turkish authorities regarding the arrival of the Turkish National Football Team to Keflavik International Airport on Sunday evening. The Ministry has been informed by the Icelandic Transportation Authority (Isavia) that the security check followed required procedures.
  • 11.Jun

    Phone call between the Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Turkey

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson spoke today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, regarding the arrival of the Turkish National Football Team in Keflavik International Airport on 9 June.
  • 20.Jun

    First meeting of Iceland's Arctic Council Chairmanship in Reykjanesbær

    Iceland took over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in early May. The first Senior Arctic Official’s (SAO) executive meeting under the Icelandic Chairmanship was held on 18-19 June in Reykjanesbær, Iceland.
  • 21.Jun

    Iceland Booth at the Fancy Food Show in New York, June 23-25

    Meet Icelandic Trademark Holding, Iceland's Finest, Fisherman Iceland and Islensk hollusta in booth #5060 Level 1 at Javits Center as well as Saltverk in booth #4614 and Omnom in booth #4616
  • 24.Jun

    Iceland supports campaign for equal rights of LGBTI+ people

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, has decided to donate USD 100,000 in funding to Free & Equal, the UN public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI+ people.
  • 09.Sep

    Land restoration essential for mitigating the climate crisis - letter of intent signed

    On 8 September 2019, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Agency (UNEP), signed a letter of intent on cooperation of Iceland and UNEP in the field of land restoration.
  • 30.Sep

    Minister for Foreign Affairs addressed the UN General Assembly

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, emphasized human rights, reforms in the international system and the urgency of concrete actions against climate change in his address at the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on September 27.
  • 21.Nov

    Arctic Council actors join forces in Hveragerði

    At the meeting concluded in Hveragerði, Iceland, earlier today, delegates of the Senior Arctic Officials’ plenary meeting discussed enhanced cooperation on issues related to people and communities of the Arctic
  • 17.Feb

    Report on Iceland in the UN Human Rights Council

    The objectives of Iceland's membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council have been achieved in all key respects. This is among the conclusions of a report prepared by the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs following the end of Iceland's term at the Human Rights Council. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation says that international response demonstrates that Iceland has passed the test of membership.
  • 09.Mar

    Response to COVID-19 in Iceland

    Icelandic authorities have taken preventive steps to contain the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country. As Iceland has few entry points and the lowest population density in Europe, the country has been able to move swiftly to identify, communicate with and, where necessary, quarantine Icelandic residents who have been travelling from high risk areas and those who have been in contact with individuals diagnosed with the virus.
  • 20.Mar

    Iceland implements Schengen and EU travel restrictions

    Iceland has implemented the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area and the European Union. As of 20 March 2020, foreign nationals - except EU/EEA, EFTA or UK nationals - are not allowed to enter Iceland. This advice is valid until 17 April 2020.
  • 22.Mar

    Stricter measures enforced in Iceland: Ban on gatherings of more than 20 people

    The Icelandic government has announced a ban on gatherings of 20 people or more, starting Tuesday 24 March 2020. These measures are put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 infections in Iceland, following recommendations from the Chief Epidemiologist to Svandís Svavarsdóttir Icelands‘s Minister of Health. The advice of the Chief Epidemiologist to the Minister of Health has been to focus the response in Iceland on the swift diagnosis of COVID-19 cases.
  • 25.Mar

    Strict measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Iceland

    Icelandic authorities are taking strict measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the country.
  • 09.Apr

    Covid-19 epidemic receding in Iceland - 295 new infections in the past seven days and 363 recoveries

    Iceland's Chief Epidemiologists said in today's press briefing that the data suggests that the outbreak of Covid-19 in Iceland is showing clear signs of deceleration. He advises that the apparent success is precarious, and minor setbacks can change the outlook dramatically.

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