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Embassy Information

The Embassy of Iceland in Germany has started its work in 1952, right after the establishment of the diplomatic relations between both countries.

The Embassy in Berlin is also sideaccredited to the Czech Republic and works with the assistance of seven Icelandic honorary consulates, thereof six in Germany.

The Embassy´s duties are based on the political, economical and cultural exchange between Iceland and the other countries. To the daily duties also belong consular functions and the response to common inquiries about Iceland.

Information about Iceland's consulates in the embassy's jurisdiction can be found below.

Embassy of Iceland in Berlin


Rauchstraße 1

10787 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 -50 50 40 00



Open all week days from 09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00
Phone hours: 13:00 - 16:00

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María Erla Marelsdóttir

born 15 December 1969 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Foreign Service Career

Present                      Ambassador Agréé of Iceland to Germany

2013/2016-2019         Non-Resident Ambassador of Iceland to the Republic of
                                   Malawi, the Republic of Uganda, the Federal Democratic
                                   Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Kenya, the
                                   Republic of Mozambique and to the State of Palestine.

2012-2019                  Director General for International Development
                                   Cooperation, Directorate for International Development
                                   Cooperation, MFA

1 December 2011       Appointed as Ambassador

2009-2013                  Member of the Negotiation Committee, Iceland’s
                                   Accession Negotiations with the EU

2009-2013                 Chairperson of the Negotiating Team for External
                                  Trade, Foreign and Security Affairs, Iceland’s Accession
                                  Negotiations with the EU

2009-2011                  Director, Department for International Trade
                                   Negotiations and Department D for Iceland’s EU
                                   Accession, Directorate General for External Trade and
                                   Economic, MFA

2007-2009                  Counsellor, Directorate General for External Trade, MFA

2002-2005                  Counsellor, Embassy of Iceland, Stockholm, Sweden

2001-2002                  First Secretary, Embassy of Iceland, Stockholm, Sweden

1998-2001                  First Secretary, Embassy of Iceland, Bonn/Berlin,

1997                            First Secretary, External Trade Department, MFA

Other Work Experience

1996                          Lawyer, Icelandic Human Rights Centre, Iceland

                                  Lawyer, the Government Agency for Child Protection,


2006                          Degree of Master of Laws in European Law (LL.M.), Law Faculty,
                                  Stockholm University

1995                          Cand. Juris, Law Faculty, University of Iceland

1989                          Graduated from the Reykjavík Upper Secondary

                                  Grammar School, Department of Physics


                                  Icelandic, English, Swedish and German

Ambassador Marelsdóttir is married to Mr. Einar Örn Einarsson, Anesthetist and Intensive Care doctor and they have two children.

Connections between countries and political alliances have a long history in Northern Europe. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden comprise the so-called "Nordic Region" and have a common representation of interests in the Nordic Council (founded in 1952) and in the Nordic Council of Ministers (founded in 1971).

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German Parliament's resolution to relocate the capital from Bonn to Berlin, the often considered idea of a common Nordic embassy complex was able to be realised. The architectural competition was won by the Austrian/Finish architectural firm Alfred Berger and Tiina Parkkinen. The vision of five national embassy buildings with an open common building, the so-called Felleshus (house for all), enclosed by a band of copper, corresponded to the fundamental idea of individual freedom combined with a feeling of unity. Each of the embassy buildings was designed by an architect from that particular country.

The groundbreaking event was held in May 1997 with the ambassadors from the Nordic countries turning the first spade of dirt together with a five-handled shovel. In October 1999, only 29 months later, the embassies were officially opened in a joint ceremony. The copper band encloses all five embassies and the Felleshus. The area inside the copper band, the plaza, is transected by geometric lines. The three water basins between the embassy buildings are an architectural reference to the seas connecting the Nordic countries.

The embassy buildings are grouped to correspond to the arrangement of the countries on the map. The name Felleshus denotes the sense the building imbues and what it is used for - a house for all, a house in which to meet and interact. The Felleshus has an auditorium for concerts, readings, film viewings and conferences, exhibition spaces, conference rooms, a spacious terrace and a restaurant. The consular departments of the five countries are also housed here.

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