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Government of Iceland celebrated the centenary of Iceland as a sovereign country

At the opening ceremony - myndMarino Thorlacius

On 1 December 2018, the Government of Iceland celebrated the centenary of Iceland as a sovereign country. Cultural events and exhibits in Reykjavik and around Iceland were open to the public.

HM the Queen of Denmark and the Prime Minister of Denmark attended as honorary guests.

The opening ceremony took place at the Government Offices in Lækjargata, with the participation of the Government, the Youth Council on the Global Goals on Sustainable Development, multiple choirs and brass musicians. While the ceremony sought inspiration from the 1918 ceremony, it also focused on the forward-looking themes of youth, diversity, peace and sustainability.

The celebrations concluded with a gala performance at Harpa Concert Hall in the evening.

The centenary was also celebrated all around the world in Icelandic missions abroad.

Further information are available here: Celebrating the Centenary of Independence and Sovereignty 

 

Statements from the opening ceremony at the Government Office in Lækjargata:
Statement by the Prime Minister of Iceland
Address by representatives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Youth Council
Address by Jelena Ciric

Statements from the gala performance are available here:
Statement by HE the President of Iceland
Statement by HM the Queen of Denmark
Statement by the Prime Minister of Iceland


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