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Embassy Information

The Embassy represents Iceland vis-a-vis China, as well as Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Embassy's mission is to promote relations with the countries above in areas including trade, investments, tourism and cultural exchanges. Opened in 1995, the Embassy in Beijing was Iceland's first diplomatic mission in Asia.

Embassy of Iceland in Paris


52, avenue Victor Hugo

75116 Paris

Phone: +33-(0)1 44 17 32 85



Open all week days from 09:30 - 16:30

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Gunnar Snorri GunnarssonAmbassador[email protected]
Pétur Yang LiCommercial Counsellor[email protected]
Svava TryggvadóttirAssistant Attaché[email protected]
Xing YingyingSecretary[email protected]
Xu DongSecretary[email protected]
Yan XuesongAssistant/Chauffeur[email protected]
Zhang LinSecretary/Interpreter[email protected]


Thórir Ibsen

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

  • Ambassador of Iceland to the People´s Republic of China with accreditation to Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam, 2021 -
  • Chief Negotiator for the Free Trade Agreement and post-Brexit relations of Iceland and the UK, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 2019-2021
  • Ambassador of Iceland to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, with residence in Iceland and representative of Iceland on the Financial Mechanism Committee of the EEA Grants, 2018 - 2021
  • Ambassador of Iceland to India with accreditation to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Seychelles, South Africa and Sri Lanka, 2014-2018
  • Ambassador of Iceland to the European Union with accreditation to Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and San Marino, 2011- 2014
  • Ambassador of Iceland to France with accreditation to Italy, Spain and Andorra, 2009-2011.
  • Permanent Representative of Iceland to the OECD, Permanent Delegate of Iceland to UNESCO and Permanent Representative of Iceland to the Council of Europe, 2009-2011
  • Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change, 2008-2009
  • Appointed Ambassador, March 2008
  • Director General, Defence Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 2007-2008
  • Director General, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 2007
  • Deputy Permanent Representative, Delegation of Iceland to NATO, 2004-2006
  • Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Iceland, Brussels, and Mission of Iceland to the European Union, 2002-2004
  • Acting Director General, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 2001-2002
  • Minister-Counsellor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 1998-2001
  • Counsellor for Environment, Industry and Commerce, Mission of Iceland to the European Union, 1995-1998
  • Head of International Affairs Division, Ministry for the Environment, 1993-1995
  • Policy Counsellor, Ministry for the Environment, 1991-1993
  • Producer, Icelandic Broadcasting Service, 1991
  • Taught political science and economics at Université canadienne en France and at York University, 1984-1990


  • M.A. International Relations, 1984, Graduate Programme in Political Science, York University, Canada
  • B.A. Political Science, 1982, University of Iceland

Thórir Ibsen is married to Dominique Ambroise Ibsen, visual artist. They have one grown up son.

Þórir Ibsen, ambassador of Iceland to China

There are Icelandic Consulates in the following jurisdictions:

Public Holidays in 2024

1 January – New Year

12 February – Chinese New Year
13 February – Chinese New Year
14 February – Chinese New Year

1 April - Easter Monday
4 April – Tomb Sweeping Day

1 May – May Holiday

10 June – Dragon Boat Festival
17 June – National Day of Iceland

17 September – Mid-Autumn Festival

1 October - Chinese National Day
2 October – Chinese National Day
3 October - Chinese National Day

25 December – Christmas day
26 December – Boxing day

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