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About the Mission

The Permanent Mission of Iceland in Geneva opened on 1 March 1970 on the occasion of Iceland’s accession to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). In February 2018 the Mission also became the Embassy of Iceland in Switzerland and Liechtenstein with the Holy See being added in 2022. The Permanent Mission represents Iceland at EFTA, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United Nations Office and agencies, as well as other international organisations located in Geneva.

Permanent Mission of Iceland in Geneva

Address

Avenue Blanc 49, 6th floor

CP 86, CH-1211 Geneva 20

Phone: +41 (0)22 716 17 00

Email

geneva[at]mfa.is

Open all week days from 09:00 - 16:30

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Staff of the Permanent Mission of Iceland in Geneva

Ambassador and Permanent Representative

Einar Gunnarsson

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1966

Current position

2022 -     Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the International Organisations in Geneva.

2022 –     Ambassador to Switzerland.

Previous positions:

2021 – 2022    Ambassador, Office of the Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík.

2019 – 2021    Ambassador Arctic Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík. Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council during Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Council.

2015 – 2018     Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations, New York. Non-resident Ambassador to Cuba.

2009 – 2014     Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

2008 – 2009     Director – Chief Negotiator, Department of International Trade Negotiations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík.

2007 – 2008     Director of Human Resources for the Foreign Service of Iceland, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík.

2004 – 2006     Deputy Permanent Representative/Minister-Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Iceland to the International Organisations, Geneva.

2000 – 2004     Counsellor, Embassy of Iceland/Mission of Iceland to the EC, Brussels.

1998 – 2000     First Secretary/Counsellor, External Trade Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík.

1996 – 1998     Legal Adviser/Deputy Director, Defence Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Reykjavík.

1992 – 1995     Lawyer, GÁJ Law Firm, Reykjavík.

Education:

  • Law Degree (Cand. Juris) from the University of Iceland 1992.

Personal:

  • Married to Elisabet Thordardottir, Clinical Psychologist. Two grown-up children.


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