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  • July 11. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland´s resolution on the situation in the Philippines approved in the UN Human Rights Council

    The UN Human Rights Council today passed a resolution, tabled by Iceland, on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. The resolution expresses concern over allegations of human...


  • June 24. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland supports campaign for equal rights of LGBTI+ people

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, has decided to donate USD 100,000 in funding to Free & Equal, the UN public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fa...


  • June 20. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    First meeting of Iceland's Arctic Council Chairmanship in Reykjanesbær

    Iceland took over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in early May. The first Senior Arctic Official’s (SAO) executive meeting under the Icelandic Chairmanship was held on 18-19 June in Reykjanesbæ...


  • June 11. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Phone call between the Foreign Ministers of Iceland and Turkey

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson spoke today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, regarding the arrival of the Turkish National F...


  • June 10. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Statement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs can confirm that it has been in a communication with the Turkish authorities regarding the arrival of the Turkish National Football Team to Keflavik Internat...


  • May 28. 2019 Prime Minister's Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland awarded the Womenomics Honorary Award

    Iceland has been awarded the Womenomics Honorary Award for its contribution to gender equality. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, received the award for Iceland’s pos...


  • May 22. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Annual Report: Foreign Affairs 2019

    An English excerpt of Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson‘s report on Foreign Affairs is now available. The Minister presented the report to the Althingi Parliament in late April. The entire repo...


  • May 07. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland assumes Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

    Iceland has assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and will lead the Council for two years. This morning, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Guðlaugur Thór Thórdarson, received the gavel...


  • April 13. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Icelandic authorities welcome decision to declare the wordmark “Iceland” invalid

    Icelandic authorities have welcomed the ruling by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that the wordmark registration of “Iceland”, which had been registered in the European Union b...


  • April 04. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Information for UK nationals living in Iceland

    It is possible that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union and the EEA without a withdrawal agreement on 12 April 2019. UK citizens who have their domicile registered in Iceland will be guar...


  • March 26. 2019 Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Joint understanding on the application of the third energy package towards Iceland

    Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson and Commissioner Canete discussed on 20 March 2019 the EU Third Energy Package, taking into account the unique situation in Iceland as concerns renewable ene...


  • March 07. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland leads a joint initiative calling on Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights situation

    Today, Iceland led a group of countries at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, calling on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to improve the situation of human rights in the country. This is the first time th...


  • February 26. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland pledges further support to humanitarian efforts in Yemen

    The Human Rights Council opened its fortieth regular session in Geneva yesterday. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Foreign Minister of Iceland, was among around 100 high-level dignitaries who presented stat...


  • February 15. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    US Secretary of State visited Iceland

    Trade, Arctic and security and defense were among the topics discussed at a lunch meeting between Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Foreign Minister of Iceland, and Michael Pompeo, US Secretary of State, in ...


  • February 08. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Agreement reached on citizens‘ rights in case of a no-deal Brexit

    An agreement on citizens' rights has been reached between the EEA EFTA States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the United Kingdom should the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. ...


  • February 05. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Statement on the situation in Venezuela

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has declared Iceland‘s support for Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela.  Due to the grave and deteriorating economic and po...


  • January 08. 2019 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Foreign Minister of Iceland met with US Secretary of State

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, met with Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, in Washington DC yesterday. Security and defence, trade and Arctic issues fe...


  • December 18. 2018 Ministry of Social Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Iceland tops the WEF Global Gender Gap Index for the consecutive tenth year

    For the tenth year in a row, Iceland is at the top of the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index published this morning. Three Nordic neighbours follow Iceland on the Index – Norway in second pl...


  • December 17. 2018 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    EFTA and Indonesia sign CEPA agreement

    Ministers and other representatives from the EFTA States, including Iceland, and from Indonesia have signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The agreement will strengthen the eco...


  • December 13. 2018 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    New National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

    Iceland’s third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security has been published. An external evaluation of the implementation of Iceland’s second National Action Plan that was in force between 2...

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