News from Iceland
Iceland Review news is updated before 11am GMT on
weekdays. Reports are written by Iceland Review staff
writers and are based on domestic media: newspapers,
radio and television.
Newsletter About Iceland
The monthly newspaper News from Iceland and the
magazine Iceland Review may be ordered from the publisher
IS 110 Reykjavík.
Tel. 567 5700;
Fax 567 4066.
Languages on the Web
The Icelandic currency is the króna. Check here
for today's exchange rate from Islandsbanki.
Responsible for most air transport to and from
IS 101 Reykjavík.
Tel:(354) 562 5895 - Fax (354) 562 5895
The Iceland Tourist Bureau provides information about the
various cultural and tourist activities in
Reykjavík and throughout Iceland. The Tourist
Bureau will arrange sightseeing tours and accommodations
for visitors to Iceland.
Information for the tourist. The selection of Reykjavik
as one of the European cities of culture, should not come
as a surprise to those who have visited the city.
Reykjavik is bursting with cultural events, both domestic
and foreign, the whole year 'round. Learn more about
Reykjavik by browsing this website or contact the Tourist
Information Center for more details.
The Consular Section of the American Embassy is open
from 9:00 -12:00 except on Wednesdays when it will be
Telephone inquiries daily from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. except on
Telephone: 562-9100 Fax: 562-9123
- Consular Officer : Michael A. Hammer
- Visa Assistant: Sigurbjörg Nielsen
- Consular Assistant: Auður J.
of Iceland in Washington, D.C.
Broad overview of Iceland, travel regulations, and
Icelandic culture provided by the Icelandic Embassy in
EMBASSY OF ICELAND
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005-1704
Tel: (202) 265-6653
Fax: (202) 265-6656
Home page: http://www.iceland.org
- Mr. Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson -
- Mr. Sveinn
Björnsson - Deputy Chief of Mission
Consulate / Chicago, IL
Consul General Edward Derwinski
Vice Consul Aristotle Halikias
Inter-Continental Real Estate & Development
15750 S. Harlem Ave., Suite 28
Orland Park, IL 60611
Tel: (708) 429-1126
Fax: (708) 429-9972
Government: Parliamentary system. The present
government is a centre-right coalition, formed in 1994 by
the independence Party (P) and the Progressive Party
(PP). The Prime Minister is Davíð Oddsson,
chairman of the IP. The Minister for Foreign Affairs is
Halldór Ásgrímsson, chairman of the
PP. The opposition is comprised of the People's Alliance,
the Social Democratic Party and the Women's Alliance.
- Head of State: His Excellency, Ólafur
Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, was
invested on the 1st of August 1996. He is a former
finance minister and was a professor of political
science at the University of Iceland and a member of
the Icelandic parliament before he was elected
- International Organizations: Iceland is a member
of numerous international organizations, including the
United Nations and its agencies, NATO,
Council of Europe, OECD,
and the Nordic Council.
Welcome to Althingi's English home page where you will
find some basic information about the Icelandic
Government of Iceland / Official Site
Welcome to the website of the Icelandic Government
(Stjórnarráð Íslands). Below,
you will find links to the websites of the various
Ministries. If not indicated otherwise the language is
of Science, Education and Culture
Department of State Background Notes -- Iceland
Official overview of the geography, people, government,
economy, etc. of Iceland as published by the Department
World Factbook / Iceland
Recommended site for visitors to Iceland. Published by
the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States
Government, this site is a government publication.
Complete with a good map and fairly complete overview of
the country and government of Iceland.
Facts about Iceland
Nice tip sheet from the Trade Council of Iceland.
Nice review of Internet sites available from Iceland
Arts / Yahoo
ISnet - Internet
ISnet is a collective term for the Icelandic segments of
NORDUnet and EUnet. The network is operated by INTIS Inc.
ISnet serves approximately 1000 sites with over 20000
NORDUnet is the Nordic Internet highway to research and
education networks in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway
and Sweden, and provides the Nordic backbone to the
Global Information Society.
and their organizations
A ISnet site containing links to various cities,
municipalities and services.
Council of Iceland
The Trade Council of Iceland was established in 1986 for
the purpose of promoting exports and increase marketing
awareness among Icelandic companies. It is Iceland's
leading information provider and export oriented
consultancy organization. Click on "Web-Sites" for a good
listing of Government agency sites on the Internet.
The University of
The University of Iceland and its staff maintain close
contacts with academic institutions abroad. Other less
formal but equally important links are formed by the many
Icelandic academics (approx. 90%) who have obtained their
final degree abroad. Through these individual
connections, the Icelandic research community has been
able to establish and preserve strong relations with
academic and research institutions outside Iceland.
Indeed, many graduates of the University of Iceland still
travel overseas for further specialization, thus carrying
on the tradition of international co-operation.
The principal language of instruction is Icelandic, a
language descended from and, in its written form at
least, still very similar to Old Norse. Textbooks are
mainly in English and Icelandic. Some departments offer
some courses in English and allow foreign students to
take their examinations in English during the first
semester of study.
Office of International Education
The Office of International Education publishes
Destination Iceland, an informative booklet intended for
foreign students who will be studying in Iceland. In
addition to providing practical information, the book
contains a fund of information about various things that
foreign students need to know to help make their stay in
Iceland as enjoyable and meaningful as possible.
Colleges and Universities
Institutes and Other Affiliated Institutions
The University of Iceland has numerous research
institutes and affiliated institutions which function as
centres for research, instruction, conferences and many
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