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In an age where “globalization” is on everybody’s lips, increasingly it seems choices need to be made and justified by researchers and institutions over what practically this means about priority, positioning, and investment in particular countries and regions, and what forms of globalization to study and participate in (movement of labor, images, knowledge, currency, and capital goods?) In brief, a question I have been asked repeatedly for nearly thirty years is: Why Iceland?

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Index to Iceland
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Icelandic Exchange Program

The University of Iowa Program

The University of Minnesota Program
Contact: Susan Larson (
Head of Center of Scandinavian Languages

Resources for the Icelandic Exchange
The Sigurður Nordal Institute

The Sigurður Nordal Institute is an a financially independant institute at the University of Iceland, devoted to promote Icelandic culture and research into it, both past and present, in all parts of the world, and to build up links between scholars in this field in Iceland and abroad.
  • The Snorri Sturluson Fellowship
  • Scholarships for foreign students awarded by the Ministry of education
  • Recipients of The Snorri Sturluson Fellowship

Travel Languages on the Web



Iceland Newspapers

Daily 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.

Icelandic Newspapers

Icelandic Magazines

Newsletter About Iceland

The monthly newspaper News from Iceland and the magazine Iceland Review may be ordered from the publisher at:
Höfdabakki 9
IS 110 Reykjavík.
Tel. 567 5700;
Fax 567 4066.



Travel Languages on the Web

Exchange Rates
The Icelandic currency is the króna. Check here for today's exchange rate from Islandsbanki.

Universal Currency Converter

Islandair Homepage
Responsible for most air transport to and from Iceland.

Iceland Tourist Bureau
Skógarhlíd 18,
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.

Welcome to Reykjavik
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.



American Embassy Reykjavik
The Consular Section of the American Embassy is open
from 9:00 -12:00 except on Wednesdays when it will be closed
Telephone inquiries daily from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. except on Wednesdays
Telephone: 562-9100 Fax: 562-9123

  • Consular Officer : Michael A. Hammer
  • Visa Assistant: Sigurbjörg Nielsen
  • Consular Assistant: Auður J. Kjartansdóttir

Embasssy of Iceland in Washington, D.C.
Broad overview of Iceland, travel regulations, and Icelandic culture provided by the Icelandic Embassy in Washington D.C.

1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005-1704
Tel: (202) 265-6653
Fax: (202) 265-6656
Home page:


  • Mr. Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson - Ambassador
  • 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 president.
  • International Organizations: Iceland is a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations and its agencies, NATO, The Council of Europe, OECD, EFTA and the Nordic Council.

Icelandic Parliament
Welcome to Althingi's English home page where you will find some basic information about the Icelandic Parliament.

The 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 English.

Ministry of Science, Education and Culture



US Department of State Background Notes -- Iceland
Official overview of the geography, people, government, economy, etc. of Iceland as published by the Department of State.

CIA 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.

 Basic Facts about Iceland
Nice tip sheet from the Trade Council of Iceland.

Iceland from Yahoo
Nice review of Internet sites available from Iceland

Visual Arts / Yahoo

ISnet - Internet á Íslandi
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 registered hosts.

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.

Municipalities and their organizations
A ISnet site containing links to various cities, municipalities and services.

 Research Organizations



Trade 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 Iceland
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.

Language of Instruction

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.


Icelandic Colleges and Universities

Research 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 other activities.


United States News

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NY Times
USA Today


US Federal / University of Iowa Documents Library


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Last updated: August, 1999