Iceland became a free and sovereign state on 1 December 1918, when the Union Treaty with Denmark came into effect. That day may be seen as one of the most important landmarks in Iceland’s campaign for self-determination, which had then been in progress for nearly a century.
The centenary of Icelandic independence and sovereignty is to be celebrated with an emphasis on culture and language, and with wide participation by the people of Iceland.
The people of Iceland were asked to contribute to planning the programme of celebrations during the centenary year. The focus is on a diverse range of high-quality events with relevance to what is being celebrated – whether past, present or future. The intention is to develop a programme that embraces all aspects of society – education, culture, sciences, health, politics, economic development, communications, transport and daily life in Iceland.
Full details of the programme of events throughout the year can be found here