Current Issues

Selected events from the President's program.

2021-08-26 Celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations with the Baltic countries
  Articles by President Jóhannesson:
Iceland and Estonia.
Iceland and Latvia.
Iceland and Lithuania.
2020-10-09 A greeting to the people of Iceland
  The President delivers a televised speech regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The text in English is available here with the televised speech with subtitles in English.
2020-04-13 Speech relating to Covid-19
  The President delivers a televised speech on Easter Day regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. English translation of the speech.
2020-03-24 Messages of gratitude
  Recently, the President of Iceland has sent messages of gratitude to health care staff, to all commercial staff and staff in the tourism industry and to all staff in the educational system.
2020-03-05 State visit to Poland
  President Jóhannesson and Ms. Reid were on a State Visit to Poland with a delegation that included H.E. Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture, and others. During the visit they had meetings with H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, paid a visit to the Sejm (Parliament of Poland) and paid tribute to the monument of the unknown soldier in Warsaw. During the visit the President delivered a lecture at the University of Warsaw, addressed business-related events, visited museums, and he spent a day in the city of Gdansk where he met with the Mayor, the Governor and other officials. First Lady Eliza Reid participated in several events too, joining the Polish First Lady on a tour of the World Hearing Center, speaking to the association of women in business, and holding meetings with Gdansk’s Council of Immigrants and Council of Equal Treatment, various Polish authors, and representatives from Polish cultural institutions.
Speech by the president at the state dinner in the President's Palace in Warsaw.
Speech at Warsaw University.
Speech at ODIHR Headquarters in Warsaw.
2020-01-01 New Year's Day speech
  President Jóhannesson delivers the President's annual New Year's Day speech.
2019-10-11 Meetings at Bessastaðir Residence
  President Jóhannesson received and had meetings with several guests who were attending the Arctic Circle conference in Iceland. Among them were Her Royal Highness Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Minister Sam Tan Chin Siong of Singapore, Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands from Scotland, Dmitriy Artukhov, Governor of the Yamal region, Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and John Kerry, former US Secretary of State.
2019-09-25 Formal Visit to Greenland
  President Jóhannesson and Mrs. Reid paid a formal visit to Greenland.
Table speech by the president.
2019-09-11 State Visit from India
  His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, visited Iceland 9th to 11th September, together with First Lady Savita Kovind, their daughter Swati and several officials.
Press statement by the President of Iceland.
Speech by the president of Iceland.
Speech by the president at a Business Forum.
2019-09-04 Working visit by Vice President Mike Pence
  His Excellency Mike Pence, Vice president of the United States of America, came on a short working visit to Iceland.
2019-09-01 Commemoration of the beginning of WW2
  President Jóhannesson went on a working visit with Ms. Eliza Reid to Poland to participate in the commemoration of the beginning of World War II.
2019-06-12 State Visit from Germany
  His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier came to Iceland on an official visit with his wif, Elke Büdenbender. Photographs.
2019-04-10 Visit to St. Petersburg State University
  President Jóhannesson visits the State University of St. Petersburg and delivers a lecture there, called '"We All Protest!" Diversity, Critique, and Freedom as the Essence of Historical Research.' The lecture is accessible here.
2019-01-30 Visit to English universities.
  President Jóhannesson pays a visit to Oxford Union, Loughborough University and Warwick University on January 31st through February 1st. At the Warwick Economics Summit he delivered a lecture, 'Revisiting Warwick: From Comparative Communist Systems to Brexit and Beyond.'
2019-01-01 New Year's Day speech.
  President Jóhannesson delivers the President's annual New Year's Day speech.
2018-12-01 Centennial celebration of the sovereignty of Iceland
  Iceland became a sovereign state on 1 December 1918, and the centennial was celebrated during 2018 with a series of events. On 1 December H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visited Iceland to participate in the celebrations.
Speech by the president of Iceland.
2018-11-15 State visit to Latvia
  President Jóhannesson led a state visit to Latvia 16-18 November 2018 and participated in events to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of Latvian independence. Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment, participated in the visit.
Photographs from the visit to Latvia.
2018-11-09 Inauguration of the Althingi
  President Jóhannesson inaugurated the winter session of Althingi, the Parliament of Iceland.
The president's speech (in English translation).
2018-11-09 Peace conference in Paris
  The President attended events in Paris, France, to celebrate the centenary of the WW1 armistice day. President Emmanuel Macron hosted a conference with the participation of almost one hundred heads of state and invited them to a memorial event and a dinner at the Musée d’Orsay.
2018-10-10 Celebration of Iceland centenary in Copenhagen
  President Jóhannesson attended an event at the Opera in Copenhagen where the government of Denmark hosted a program to celebrate the centenary of Iceland’s sovereignty.
2018-09-26 HeForShe event in New York
  President Jóhannesson delivered a speech at the UN Women HeForShe Impact Summit in New York. Among other dignitaries who addressed the summit were the presidents of Finland and Malawi and the queen of Jordan.
2018-06-21 State visit to Estonia
  President Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid went on a state visit to Estonia 21-22 June 2018, and also attended events there to celebrate the centennial of Estonian independence. Minister of Education and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir also participated in the visit.
Speech at a gala dinner in Tallinn.
Photographs from the state visit.
2018-05-11 Meeting with UN Secretary General
  President Jóhannesson went to New York to have a meeting with Secretary General António Guterres. During the journey he and First Lady Eliza Reid also visited the Nordic Innovation House, attended the Smart Cities conference and addressed a conference on the future of the Icelandic language and literature.
Speech on the Icelandic language.
Photographs from the visit to New York City.
2018-05-17 State visit to Finland
  President Jóhannesson led a state visit to Finland 15-17 May 2018. The program of the visit included, among other things, a state dinner hosted by president Sauli Niinistö, a meeting with prime minister Juha Sipilä, a visit to the parliament of Finland, a visit to the city of Turku, and participation in meetings on Arctic issues, on healthcare technology, tourism and other issues.
Speech at a state dinner.
Speech in Helsinki City Hall
Speech at a meeting on bio and health technologies.
2018-05-04 The Nordic Museum in Seattle
  President Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid visited Seattle to celebrate the opening of the new Nordic Museum there. During the visit they also attended a meeting on language adaptions at Microsoft and paid a visit to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the president delivered a speech at the World Affairs Council.
Speech at the opening of the Nordic Museum.
Photographs from the Seattle visit.
2018-03-10 Conference in Mexico
  President Jóhannesson attended the World Ocean Summit in Yucatán in Mexico and delivered a speech there about sustainability and the protection of marine environment. During the visit he also had a meeting with Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico.
2018-02-16 Official visit to Lithuania
  President Jóhannesson visited Lithuania to participate in the centennial celebrations of the nation’s independence.
Speech at the University of Lithuania (starts at 09:55 minutes).
2018-01-26 Meetings at Harvard
  President Jóhannesson visited the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Boston and delivered a lecture there.
"The president's lecture on Facebook.
Photographs from the visit.
 2018-01-19 State visit to Sweden
  President Jóhannesson led a state visit to Sweden, together with First Lady Eliza Reid, during 17-19 January 2018. Among items on the program were a state dinner hosted by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf, a meeting with prime minister Stefan Löfvén, a visit to the parliament of Sweden, visits to Stockholm University and to the city of Uppsala and a reception at the modern art museum Moderna muséet, hosted by the president. Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson also participated in the state visit.
Speech by the president at the state dinner in the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
Speech at Stockholm University.
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