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Consulate Information

Iceland opened a Consulate General in the Fareos in 2007, following the conclusion of a comprehensive free trade agreement between the two nations, the Hoyvik Agreement, in 2006. 

The Consulate General's main mission is to enhance political, trade and cultural relations between Iceland and the Faroes, in addition to providing assistance to travellers and promoting tourism.

Consulate General of Iceland in Torshavn

Address

Ydun, Reyngøta 9

FO-100 Torshavn

Phone: +298 30 81 00

+354 545 7480

Email

icecon.fae[at]mfa.is

Open all week days from 10:00 - 15:00

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The staff of the Icelandic Consulate General in Thorshavn

From left: Brynja Osk Birgisdottir, Petur Thorsteinsson and Baldvin Hardarson

NameTitleEmail
Baldvin HarðarsonAssistantbaldvin.hardarson@utn.stjr.is
Brynja Ósk BirgisdóttirSecretarybrynja.birgisdottir@utn.stjr.is
Pétur Gunnar ThorsteinssonConsul Generalpetur.g.thorsteinsson@utn.stjr.is

Consul General

Pétur Thorsteinsson

CURRICULUM VITAE

Pétur Thorsteinsson
Consul General of Iceland
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

1. Personal details

Date of birth: 26 September 1955
Family status: Married, five children
Nationality: Icelandic
Professional title: Consul General
Office address: Ydun, Reyngøta 9, P.O. Box 199, FO-110 Tórshavn, Faroes

2. Education

LL.M. (Master of Laws), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1980)
M.A. (Cand.jur.), University of Iceland, Reykjavik (1979)
B.A. (French), University of Iceland, Reykjavik (1978)
B.A. (Psychology), University of Iceland, Reykjavik (1978)

3. Certifications

Advocate to district courts in Iceland (1983)
European Security and Defence College, Brussels (2013)

4. Languages

Icelandic, English, French, Danish, Russian
(Studies in France: 3 years, USA: 5 years)

5. Professional experience (postings abroad in bold)

 Consul General, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (2016-present)
 Head, Export Control and Sanctions, Directorate for Legal and Executive Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (2014-16)
 Head, Export Control and Sanctions, Office of the Legal Adviser, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (2012-14)
 Head, Disarmament, Directorate for International and Security Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (2006-12)
 Deputy Secretary-General, European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Geneva (2001-06)
 Director, Department for Coordination and Continuing Education, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1999-2001)
 Adviser, Office of the Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1997-99)
 Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Iceland (jurisdiction included USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Mexico), Washington DC (1995-97)
 Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1995)
 Director, International Department (Political Director), Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1994-95)
 Deputy Director, Trade Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1991-94)
 Deputy Director, Defence Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1990-91)
 Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Iceland (jurisdiction included USSR, Bulgaria, GDR, Hungary and Romania), Moscow (1987-90)
 Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations, New York (1987)
 Consul and Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Iceland (jurisdiction included States of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island), New York (1984-87)
 First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations, New York (1983-87)
 Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Iceland, New York (1983-84)
 Deputy Head, Administration Section, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavik (1982-83)
 Head, Legal Section, Ministry of Industry, Reykjavik (1981-82)
 Lawyer, Legal Section, Ministry of Industry, Reykjavik (1980-81)
 Deputy Magistrate, Kopavogur (1979)

6. Selected multilateral assignments

 Head, delegation of Iceland, Council of Europe Conference on foreign terrorist fighters, Riga (2015)
 Head, delegation of Iceland, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenaries in Noordwijk, Seattle, Prague, Buenos Aires and Bariloche (2011-present)
 Representative of Iceland, meetings with the Wassenaar Arrangement, Vienna (2009-16)
 Head, delegation of Iceland, Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) plenaries in Rome, Oslo and Rotterdam (2013-16)
 Head, delegation of Iceland, Australia Group plenary, Paris (2007) 
 Representative of Iceland, Nordic-Baltic meetings on export control (2006-16)
 Representative of Iceland, Nordic meetings on international sanctions and on international aspects of terrorism (2014-present)
 Member, delegation of Iceland, UN Conferences on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), New York, and subsequent meetings (2012-16)
 Head, delegation of Iceland, Vienna Conference on Cluster Munitions (2007) and review conference, Dubrovnik (2015)
 Representative of Iceland, Nordic meetings on disarmament(2006-09)
 Representative of Iceland, OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, Vienna (2006-2009)
 Representative of Iceland, NATO High-Level Task Force on Conventional Arms Control, Brussels (2006-09)
 Head, delegation of EFTA, free trade negotiations with Chile, Egypt, Lebanon, Singapore, South-Korea, Tunisia and SACU (Southern African Customs Union)(2001-06)
 Head, delegation of EFTA, free trade agreement joint committee meetings with Mexico, Palestine, Poland and Turkey (2001-06)
 Head, delegation of EFTA, joint declarations on cooperation meetings with Albania, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Tunisia and Ukraine (2001-06)
 Head, delegation of EFTA, OECD Council Meetings at Ministerial Level, Paris (2001-06)
 Head, delegation of EFTA, Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference, Doha (2001)
 Member, delegation of Iceland, World Conservation Congress, Montreal (1996)
 Member, delegation of Iceland, Intergovernmental conference to adopt a global programme of action for the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities, Washington DC (1995)
 Head, delegation of Iceland, OECD Trade Committee, Paris (1991-94)
 Member, delegation of Iceland, Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), Vienna (1994)
 Member, delegation of Iceland, Conference on the Charter of Paris for a New Europe, Vienna (1990)
 Representative of Iceland to the UN General Assembly, its Main Committees and ECOSOC, New York & Geneva (1982-87)

7. Other selected assignments

 Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Working Group to assess the legal environment for Iceland's participation in sanctions (2016)
 Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland's national steering committee against money laundering and terrorist financing (Financial Action Task Force - FATF-issues)(2015-16)
 Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Working Group on control of exports thay may threaten international security (2012-16)
 Representative of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland's national working group against money laundering (FATF-issues)(2006-15)
 Member, European Economic Area (EEA) Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade (2013-16)
 Representative of Iceland, meetings with the European Union on dual-use and defence-related products (2015-present)
 Coordinator, implementation of Iceland's international obligations on security of of information (2012)
 Official in charge of organizing EFTA´s 50th anniversary celebration and the EFTA ministerial, Reykjavik (2010)
 Member, Working Party for negotiating Iceland's membership in the European Union (EU)(2009)
 Official in charge of reorganizing EFTA's staff remuneration system, document management system, budgetary system and staff rules and regulations (2001-06)
 Member, National committee to promote information technology in government (2000-01)
 Official in charge of organizing the 60th anniversary celebration of the Icelandic Foreign Service, Reykjavik (2000)
 Head, Foreign Ministry diplomatic school, book and photo libraries (1999-2001)
 Editor, Foreign Ministry websites (1999-2001)
 Chairman, Government committee to make recommendations on export insurance in Iceland (1994)
 Chairman, Government committee to prepare a feasibility study for Iceland's participation in the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)(1993-94)
 Coordinator, legal implementation of the European Economic Area Agreement (EEA) in Iceland (1992-94)
 Chairman, Foreign Ministry committee to write a bill of law implementing the EEA-Agreement in Iceland (1992-93)
 Commercial Counsellor, New York (1983-86)
 Member, Ministry of Industry committee to revise energy rights in Iceland (1981-82)
 Member, Ministry of Industry committees to establish steel, salt and rock wool plants in Iceland (1981-82)
 Secretary, Ministry of Industry committee on negotiations with Landsvirkjun (National Power company of Iceland) on the establishment of the Blanda hydro-electric power plant in northern Iceland (1981-82)
 Secretary, Ministry of Industry committee for negotiating with Swiss Aluminium Ltd on its aluminium plant in Iceland (1981-82)
 Member, Nordic Council working group on establishment legislation (Arbetsgruppe rörande Nordisk etablerings- och koncessions lagstiftning)(1981-82).

8. Selected publications & research 

 MFA: Siðareglur starfsmanna utanríkisþjónustunnar (Employee ethics of the Foreign Service), editor, Reykjavik 2009 (web publication)
 EFTA: Hverjir eru hagsmunir Íslands? (EFTA: What are Iceland's interests?), Morgunbladid, 27 June 2006 (newspaper article)
 EFTA's Protocol Manual, editor, Geneva (2006) (internal document)
 UNECE: The Evolving European Trade Environment, Competing in a Changing Europe, Geneva 2005 (publication chapter)
 MFA: Ljósmyndasýning ítilefni af 60 ára afmæli utanríkisþjónustunnar (Photo exhibit on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Foreign Service), editor, Reykjavik 2000 (booklet) 
 MFA: Manual for Honorary Consuls of Iceland, 2nd edition, editor, Reykjavik 1995 (book)
 MFA: Meðferðutanríkismála –Yfirlit (Diplomatic Practice –An overview), 3rd edition, editor, Reykjavik 1993 (book)
 Dispute settlement under GATT, Ann Arbor 1980 (LL.M. thesis)
 Beiting þjóðaréttar fyrir íslenskum dómstólum (Application of International Law by Icelandic Courts), Reykjavik 1979 (M.A. thesis)
 Franskt réttarfar ámiðöldum (French legal system in the Middle Ages), Reykjavik 1978 (B.A. thesis)
 Efnahagsbandalag Evrópu (European Economic Community), 2nd edition, assistant to author Stefán M. Stefánsson, Reykjavik 1978 (book)
 Iceland, Law and Legal Systems of Nations, C.H. Rhyne editor, Washington DC 1978 (book chapter)
 Saga Íslands III (History of Iceland, vol. III), assistant to editor Sigurður Líndal, Reykjavik 1978 (book)

9. Selected grants

 Fullbright Scholar (1979)
 Full scholarship for LL.M. from University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor (1979-80)

10. Other information

 President, Icelandic-American Society, New York (1984-86)
 Law teacher (part-time), College of Engineering and Technology, Reykjavik (1978)
 Mathematics teacher (part-time), Technical College Reykjavik (1976)
 Road surveyor (part time), Akureyri, Borgarnes and Reykjavik (1970-76)

Pétur Thorsteinsson, Consul General of Iceland in Thorshavn, Faroes

Welcome address by the Consul General:

Dear guests,

Thank you for visiting the website of Consulate General in Torshavn. I am delighted to have teken up my position here in June 2016 and will do my best to promote friendship between our neighboring and sister nations, the Faroes and Iceland. Ties reach far back in history and our peoples enjoy close cooperation both bilaterally and in the West-Nordic context. The role of the Consulate General is primarily to work on closeer political relations, vigorous trade and diversecultural cooperation. I looking forward to getting better aquainted with the Faroese culture and I am grateful for the hospitality and warmth shown to me and my wife since we arrived.


From left: Birna Hreidarsdottir, Petur Thorsteinsson

Historical overview

Iceland opened a Consulate General in the Fareos in 2007, following the conclusion of a comprehensive free trade agreement between the two nations, the Hoyvik Agreement, in 2006. Prior to that date, Iceland maintained an Honorary Consulate in Torshavn since 1947. Below is an overview of Iceland's Consuls.

 2016-Present: Mr. Petur Thorsteinsson, Consul General. Mr. Thorsteinsson (b. 1955, BA, Cand.jur, LLM), previously served as Deputy Secretary-General of the European Free Trade Association, EFTA, Geneva 2001-06, Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC 1995-97 and Moscow 1987-90, Acting Consul General and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations New York 1983-87. His wife is Ms. Birna Hreidarsdottir.
 2012-16: Mr. Thordur Bjarni Gudjonsson, Consul General. Mr. Gudjonsson (b. 1956, Cand.oecon, MSc), previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at NATO 2000-04 and at the Embassies in London 1995-2000 and Brussels 1987-91. He subsequently served as Consul General in Winnipeg from 2016. His wife is Ms. Jorunn Kristinsdottir.
 2009-11: Mr. Albert Jonsson, Consul General. Mr. Jonsson (b. 1952, BA, MS) previously served as Ambassador in Washington DC 2006-09 and subsequently in Moscow 2011-16. His wife is Ms. Asa Baldvinsdottir.
 2007-09: Mr. Eidur S. Gudnason, Consul General. Mr. Gudnason (b. 1939, d. 2017) was the first professional diplomat to serve in the Faroes. Previously he served as Minister of Environment and Nordic Cooperation 1991-93, Ambassador in Oslo 1993-98, Consul General in Winnipeg 2001-02 and Ambassadon in Beijing 2002-06. His was Ms. Eyglo Helga Haraldsdottir.
 1985-2007: Mr. Poul Mohr, Honorary Consul. Mr. Mohr (b. 1929) was for many years director of a shipbuilding company in Torshavn, with strong business connections to Iceland. His wife is Ms. Anna Mohr.
 1956-85: Mr. Trygvi Samuelsen, Honorary Consul. Mr. Samuelsen (b. 1907, d. 1985, Cand.jur) served as Iceland's Consul for almost 30 years. He was an attorney and an influential figure in politics in the Faroes. He served as Member of Parliament from 1943-46 for the Union Party and later without interruption from 1949-74, the last four years as party leader. He sat on the City Council of Torshavn 1936-64. Trygvi's home was bought by the City of Torshavn and is now used for official visits and as an art museum. The Icelandic Consulate's Coat of Arms shield is still kept there on display. See further here.

1947-56: Mr. Pall Olafsson, Honorary Consul. Mr. Olafsson (b. 1887, d. 1971) was Iceland's first Consul in the Faroes, appointed on 3 September 1947. Mr. Olafsson was born in Lund in Lundareykjadal, Iceland, on 30 August 1887. He was active in business and fishing, first in Iceland and later in Denmark. From Denmark he moved to the Faroes in 1939 and remained there until the end of the Second World War when he moved back to Denmark and later to Iceland. His commission letter hangs on the wall of the Consulate General in Torshavn, signed by President of Iceland Sveinn Bjornsson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Bjarni Benediktsson. The letter is a gift to the Consulate General from his daughter, Ms. Olof Palsdottir, sculptor. Pall’s wife was Ms. Hildur Stefansdottir. Among their children, in addition to Olof mentioned earlier, wife of Ambassador Sigurdur Bjarnson, was Ms. Ingibjorg Palsdottir, wife of Ambassador Petur Eggerz.

 

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