Iceland is actively involved in the work of international institutions as well as in bilateral co-operation with other states. The role of the foreign service is to maintain reliable international contacts, safeguard Iceland's interests and make sure that its voice is heard in international fora. Through its accession to international conventions, the international legal framework and courts Iceland assumes obligations and at the same time enjoys rights which can be of major significance for the nation's well-being.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs pursues Iceland's interests abroad, whether this involves ensuring rights to sustainable resource exploitation or promoting responsible environmental and climate policies. Guided by the interests of Icelandic industry, consumers and individuals, its efforts focus on maintaining access to international markets and promoting free trade. Marketing campaigns abroad are supported and Icelandic culture and arts are promoted in Icelandic embassies throughout the world.