Absentee voting abroad - 3.10.2017

Voters who are not in Iceland on election day, may vote at any of Iceland's embassies or at the consulates.


Restored honour vs. pardoning - 18.9.2017

In the last few days there has been widespread misunderstanding in international media of the Icelandic term “uppreist æru” (restored honour). 

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Sturla Sigurjonsson new Permanent Secretary of State - 4.9.2017

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has appointed Ambassador Sturla Sigurjonsson as Permanent Secretary of State from 1 September 2017. Ambassador Stefan Haukur Johannesson, who was Permanent Secretary from 2014, will lead ongoing Brexit related assignments until he resumes duties abroad.


Mutual interest in strengthening cooperation post Brexit - 2.8.2017

"There is mutual interest in further strengthening cooperation between Iceland and the UK after Brexit and we consider Britain as a highly important ally when it comes to free trade. Britain is now retaking control over its fisheries and we Icelanders are willing and able to share our experiences and knowledge in this important field." MORE...
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EFTA Ministerial meeting - Communiqué - 27.6.2017

On 26 June 2017, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer Ministerial meeting in Longyearbyen.


Ministerial meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States concluded in Reykjavik - 20.6.2017

The Ministerial marked the 25th anniversary of the CBSS and concluded Iceland ‘s presidency of the Council.


Submarine surveillance exercise in Icelandic waters - 19.6.2017

The exercise named Dynamic Mongoose 2017 draws on assets and personnel from nine NATO Allies; USA, Norway, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Poland and the Netherlands. It is held from 23 June to July 6.

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The most powerful tool we have to safeguard our interests - 4.5.2017

Today, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, presented his annual report on Foreign and International Affairs to Parliament. In addition to providing an overview over foreign policy issues and events in the last 12 months, it lays down detailed, forward-looking foreign policy objectives.

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Open Call for Nordic Projects - 28.4.2017

Do you have an idea for a Nordic project that can help put the Nordics in the mind of the world? A project that can highlight Nordic values; set the agenda and has a social clout that can cut through the noise and start a conversation.


Foreign Minister Thordarson meets with Foreign Secretary Johnson - 18.4.2017

Today Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson met with his British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in London to discuss ways to increase political cooperation and enhance strong trade relations between Iceland and the United Kingdom, post-Brexit.


Barbershop at the Nordic house - Mobilizing Men and Boys for Gender Equality - 12.4.2017

A Barbershop Conference focused on mobilizing men and boys for gender equality will be held at the Nordic House in Reykjavík on 23 May 2017.

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Foreign Minister and President meet with Russia's President Putin - 30.3.2017

The President of Iceland, Gudni Th. Johannesson, and Guðlaugur Thor Thordarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, today had a meeting with Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, in Archangelsk, where they have been taking part in the International Arctic Forum.


Future Outlook on Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region - 27.2.2017

Symposium to mark the 25th anniversary of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).


NATO members stand strong and united - 16.2.2017

Earlier today NATO defence ministers concluded their meeting in Brussels where discussions focused on transatlantic relations, security challenges and increased defence preparedness in the Alliance's eastern and southern areas.

Gudlaugur Thor og Benjamin Ziff

Icelandic Government expresses grave concerns - 31.1.2017

This morning, Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson met in Reykjavík with US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Benjamin Ziff, and expressed the Icelandic Government's regrets and grave concerns regarding the executive order of the President of the United States on imposing a ban on refugees and citizens of seven countries entering the United States.

Utanríkisráðherra ásamt erlendu sendiherrunum

Foreign Minister meets with residing Ambassadors - 17.1.2017

Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson met today with foreign ambassadors residing in Reykjvík and introduced the new government‘s priority foreign policy issues. 

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New Foreign Minister takes office - 11.1.2017

A Government of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future has been formed and took office today.

Eleven ministers will take seat in the Government, six from the Independence Party, three from the Reform Party and two from Bright Future. Three of the current ministries, the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Welfare, will have two ministers each.