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About the Mission

The Permanent Mission of Iceland to the UN represents the government of Iceland at the UN headquarters in New York. It participates in the work of the General Assembly and its main committees as well as in other UN bodies where Iceland has been elected to serve. The Mission is headed by the Permanent Representative of Iceland to the UN.

The Permanent Mission acts as an Embassy to Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Permanent Representative and Ambassador

Jörundur Valtýsson

Professional Career 

2019Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations
Permanent Representative
2015-2019Ministry for Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Director General for International and Security Affairs – Political Director
2013-2015Prime Minister´s Office
Ambassador – Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Director of the Department for Security and Defence
Delegation of Iceland to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Deputy Permanent Representative
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Prime Minister´s Office
Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister
Prime Minister´s Office
Cabinet Secretary of the Government of Iceland
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and External Trade
First Secretary - Political Department
KOM Public Relations
Public Relations Consultant
Dagur Newspaper



University of Edinburgh, Scotland
M.Sc. in International and European Politics
University of Iceland, Reykjavík
B.A. in Russian language and Political Science
State University in Moscow, Russia


English and Danish  – very good
French – good working knowledge
Russian and German - average reading ability

Personal information

Born on 23 December 1974
Married to Mrs. Helena Einarsdóttir, three children.

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