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  • July 20. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Moody’s changes Iceland’s outlook to positive from stable and affirms A3 ratings

    Moody’s Investors Service ("Moody’s") has today changed the Government of Iceland's sovereign rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed Iceland’s A3 long-term issuer rating.  The key d...


  • July 19. 2018

    DNA analysis of whale hybrid concluded

    A DNA analysis of a whale caught in Iceland on 7 July has concluded that it was a hybrid of a fin whale and a blue whale, not a blue whale. The analysis was conducted by the Icelandic Marine and Fresh...


  • July 13. 2018 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland elected to the Human Rights Council

    Iceland was elected to the Human Rights Council at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, having received 172 out of 178 votes. Iceland thereby fills the vacancy left by the United Sta...


  • June 28. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Third meeting of the Financial Stability Council in 2018

    The Financial Stability Council held its third meeting of the year 2018 on Tuesday 26th of June. The meeting discussed that risk in the financial system was still moderate and that the output gap has ...


  • June 18. 2018 Prime Minister's Office

    Speech by the Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Iceland's National Day, June 17th 2018

    Fellow Icelanders. At the beginning of December 1918, Elka Björnsdóttir, a labourer in Reykjavik, wrote an entry in her journal, as she did at the end of each workday. Elka was 37 years old at the tim...


  • June 13. 2018

    Víkingur Ólafsson piano concert

    Víkingur brings his creative vision to a rich programme featuring Bach’s Partita No.6 in E minor, with its clarity, intellect and immense emotional range. Followed by a selection of works by Chopin al...


  • June 08. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Fitch affirms Iceland at A with a stable outlook

    Today, rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed Iceland’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at A with a stable outlook. According to the rating agency, this rating balances the econom...


  • June 05. 2018 Prime Minister's Office

    Financial stability should be prioritised over price stability

    Primary recommendations: Financial stability shall take priority over price stability if conditions develop such that the former is jeopardised. The Central Bank’s sphere of responsibility sh...


  • May 26. 2018

    Ari Eldjárn's 'Pardon my Icelandic' returns to London

    Back by popular demand! Following his sold-out show 'Pardon my Icelandic' at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre last year, Icelandic comedian Ari Eldjárn returns to London this March! Pardon my Ic...


  • May 16. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Minutes of the meeting of the Financial Stability Council on March 20 2018

    Meeting held at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs In attendance were: Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, chairman; Már Guðmundsson, Governor of the Central Bank ...


  • May 15. 2018 Ministry of Industries and Innovation

    Statement on Responsible Fisheries in Iceland

    STATEMENT ON RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES IN ICELAND This statement is presented by several responsible parties in the Icelandic fishing industry, the minister of fisheries, the Marine Research Institute, th...


  • May 15. 2018

    Management Strategy and Harvest Control Rules

    The management strategy for Icelandic fish stocks, in general, is to maintain the exploitation rate at the level which is consistent with the Precautionary Approach and that generates maximum sustaina...


  • April 30. 2018

    Ragnar Kjartansson at National Museum Cardiff

    Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson returns to Wales to present a new performance piece, "The Sky in a Room". The performance will see a series of revolving organists performing the 1959 hit song “Il ...


  • April 27. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Progress of the Plan for Removal of Capital Controls

    The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs today published a report on the progress of plans to remove restrictions on cross-border capital movements and foreign currency trading. The minister shal...


  • April 13. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Second meeting of the Financial Stability Council in 2018

    The second meeting of the Financial Stability Council was held on Tuesday March 20 with a continuation on April 13. The meeting discussed the risk in the financial system which is still considered m...


  • April 06. 2018 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Absentee voting for local elections on May 26, 2018 has begun

    The polling stations abroad are all of the diplomatic missions of Iceland, i.e. Embassies, Permanent Missions (except the Permanent Mission to NATO in Brussels), and General Consulates, along with the...


  • April 04. 2018 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Fiscal plan 2019-2023 Improved social infrastructure, lower taxes and and better public services

    The first Fiscal Strategy Plan of the coalition Government formed by the Left-Green Movement, the Independence Party, and the Progressive Party, reflects the Government’s commitment to ensure that soc...


  • March 26. 2018 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland takes diplomatic measures against Russia

    The government of Iceland has decided to stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and other western states and join in their coordinated response to the chemical attack in Salisbury in England earl...


  • March 26. 2018

    Facts about Down's syndrome and pre-natal screening in Iceland

    The Icelandic Ministry of Welfare has issued the following press release, correcting misleading information concerning the birth of children in Iceland with Down's syndrome: The Icelandic Ministry of...


  • March 13. 2018 Ministry of Welfare

    Educational attainment of women and men differs by region

    More than half of women aged 25–64 had tertiary education compared with just over third of men at the same age in 2017. Around 56% of women and 43% of men in the capital region had tertiary education ...

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