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  • March 26. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Assisting Icelanders returning home

    Icelandic Diplomatic Missions around the world have had to shorten their opening hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff continue to serve from home via phone, email and other electronic mean...


  • March 25. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health

    Strict measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Iceland

    Icelandic authorities are taking strict measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the country. The heaviest focus has been on testing, contact tracing and quarantine of individuals con...


  • March 22. 2020 Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Stricter measures enforced in Iceland: Ban on gatherings of more than 20 people

    The Icelandic government has announced a ban on gatherings of 20 people or more, starting Tuesday 24 March 2020. These measures are put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 infection...


  • March 21. 2020 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Local Government, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Icelandic Government announces 1.6bn USD response package to the COVID-19 crisis

    Icelandic Government will take on up to 75 percent of salaries State-backed bridging loans for companies Deferral of tax payments Financial support for tourism sector One-off chi...


  • March 20. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice

    Iceland implements Schengen and EU travel restrictions

    Iceland has implemented the travel restrictions imposed for the Schengen Area and the European Union. As of 20 March 2020, foreign nationals - except EU/EEA, EFTA or UK nationals - are not allowed to ...


  • March 17. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Regional solidarity stressed at Nordic and NB8 conference call

    The Foreign Ministers of Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden emphasize the solidarity of the Nordic countries and their co-operation in the face of the great challenges facing the world at th...


  • March 17. 2020 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Regarding issuance of Government securities

    In view of recent events relating to the COVID–19 pandemic, it is foreseeable that the Treasury’s financing need will increase markedly from previous forecasts. The economic outlook for coming months ...


  • March 15. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Health

    Large scale testing of general population in Iceland underway

    Updated on March 21, 2020, at 17:20 GMT Iceland has tested 9 768 individuals for COVID-19, which translates to 26 762 per million, compared with 6 343 in South Korea and 13 999 in Bahrein Ice...


  • March 14. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Health

    Icelanders advised not to travel abroad

    The Government of Iceland has decided to advise Icelanders not to travel abroad under the current circumstances and Icelanders traveling abroad are encouraged to consider returning to Iceland earlier ...


  • March 13. 2020 Ministry of Education Science and Culture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Stricter measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19

    The Government has announced a ban on gatherings of 100 people or more, starting Monday 16 March. Universities and upper secondary schools will close for four weeks ...


  • March 10. 2020 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Transport and Local Government

    Economic response to COVID-19

    The Government of Iceland’s action plan to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19 aims to reduce and shorten the impact on business and the economy while also creating the conditions for a swift r...


  • March 09. 2020 Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Ministry of Justice, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Response to COVID-19 in Iceland

    This statement has been updated on March 13, 2020 Icelandic authorities have taken preventive steps to contain the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country. As Iceland has few entry poin...


  • February 28. 2020 Ministry of Industries and Innovation

    Lumpfish fishery 2020

    Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture has issued a regulation for the lumpfish fishery in 2020.  The regulation allows for 25 days fishing for each licence, but thenumber ...


  • February 17. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    Report on Iceland in the UN Human Rights Council

    The objectives of Iceland's membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council have been achieved in all key respects. This is among the conclusions of a report prepared by the Icelandic Ministry f...


  • January 28. 2020 Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    UK and EEA EFTA Separation Agreement signed

    Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, today signed the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement on behalf of Iceland, alongside the Foreign Ministers of L...


  • January 20. 2020 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Minutes of the meeting of the Financial Stability Council on December 17 2019

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


  • January 16. 2020 Prime Minister's Office

    The Prime Minister’s Committee for the Future publishes a report on Icelandic society in 2035–2040

    The Committee for the Future, appointed by the Prime Minister, has published a report on Icelandic society in 2035-2040. The publication is the first report by the committee and addresses economic, en...


  • December 30. 2019 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for 2020-2024

    The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs has published Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for the period 2020-2024. The MTDMS is presented on the basis of the fiscal plan, in accordance with Ar...


  • December 20. 2019 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    Fourth meeting of the Financial Stability Council in 2019

    The Financial Stability Council held its fourth meeting in 2019 on Tuesday, December 17. This was the last meeting of the Financial Stability Council in its current form as, from the 1st of January 20...


  • December 20. 2019 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

    A swift policy response supports the economy

    Solid economic fundamentals and the authorities‘ swift policy response appropriately supports the economy in the wake of shocks according to a newly released Article IV report on Iceland by the IMF. A...

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