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This is the English version of the official web site of the President of Iceland. Here you will find information about the Presidency, about President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the First Lady, Dorrit Moussaieff, a selection of speeches by the President in English and other foreign languages, and other relevant information.

The Icelandic version of the web site contains more details about the activities of the President, speeches in Icelandic, a collection of press releases and various other materials.

 


3 April 2014

Message sent to the conference Quel Avenir pour l'Arctique?, Paris.


19 March 2014

Speech on 'The Nordic Countries in a Global Arctic', delivered at the Arctic Dialogue conference in Bodö, Norway.


6 March 2014

Speech at the Masdar Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi.


5 March 2014

Speech at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, in Abu Dhabi.


20 January 2014

Speech at the Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony, delivered in Abu Dhabi.


1 January 2014

New Years Address. English translation, delivered by President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson on the State Broadcasting System (RÚV).


17 October 2013

The Triangle Ice - Energy Food: Speech at the International Symposium – Borlaug Dialogue, The World Food Prize, Des Moines, Iowa.


16 October 2013

The AHA Moment in the Climate Debate: Speech at the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement við Drake University, Iowa.


12 October 2013

Opening speech at the first assembly of The Arctic Circle in Reykjavik.


01 October 2013

Speech at the opening of Althingi (English translation).


26 September 2013

Speech at the opening of an exhibition of the paintings of Johannes Kjarval, Petersburg, Russia.


25 September 2013

Speech at the conference 'The Arctic Territory of Dialog' in Salekhard, Russia.


4 August 2013

Discussion points at the opening ceremony of the World Championships for Icelandic Horses in Berlin.


4 August 2013

Speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on the occasion of the World Championships for Icelandic Horses.


9 July 2013

Declaration on the Catch Fees Act at a press conference at Bessastadir.


28 June 2013

Speech at the Univeristy of Leipzig: Democracy or Financial Markets: Are we at Historic Crossroads?


27 June 2013

Speech at a Forum in Bremerhaven: Responsible Fisheris Based on Information Technology and Science.


26 June 2013

Speech at a Forum in Berlin: A Clean Energy Economy: Icelandic Know-how in International Co-operation


26 June 2013

Speech at a Forum in Berlin: Innovation - Creativity. Inspirations from Iceland


25 June 2013

Speech at a State Dinner given by the President of Germany, Joachim Gauch. German translation.


26 June 2013

Speech at a dinner hosted by the Mayor of Bremen (in German).


6 June 2013

Speech at the Opening of Parliament.


28 May 2013

Speech at a State Dinner in honour of the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and Mrs. Jenni Haukio.


28 February 2013

Speech at the Conference of the French-Icelandic Chamber of Business, Paris: France-Iceland: The 21st Century Co-operation.


27 February 2013

Speech at OECD, Paris: A Clean Energy Economy: Lessons from Iceland.


26 February 2013

Speech at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris: The New Arctic in our Ice-Dependent World.


15 January 2013

Speech at the Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony.


1 January 2013

New Year Address (English translation).


4 October 2012

Speech at the 4th International EcoSummit 2012 at the Ohio State University in Columbus.


14 September 2012

Speech at The Spirit of Humanity Forum in Reykjavik.


26 August 2012

Speech at the Arctic Imperative Summit in Alaska.


17 August 2012

Closing speech at the Second China-Iceland Arctic Symposium.


1 August 2012

Speech at the inauguration of H.E. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson for his fifth term as President.


25 July 2012

Speech at the 9th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling.


17 May 2012

Speech at a State Dinner, hosted by H.E. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, Prague (in Czech).


24 April 2012

Speech at the European Seafood Exposition 2012 in Brussels.


21 April 2012

Speech at a conference in honour of Professor Emeritus Thrainn Eggertsson. University of Iceland.


26 March 2012

The Arctic: A New Model for Global Cooperation. Speech at the Tufts University, Boston.


9 March 2012

Speech at the Reykjavik Internet Marketing Conference.


23 February 2012

Speech at the World Oceans Summit in Singapore


17 January 2012

Speech at the Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony.


09 January 2012
Opening Address at the 30th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Reykjavik.


01 January 2012

New Year's Address, English translation, delivered by President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson on the State Broadcasting Television (RÚV).


14 November 2011
Speech at the 8th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference, Geneva.


11 November 2011
"Healing the Land" by Roger Crofts. A Century of Inspiring Lessons, a message from President Grimsson


20 October 2011
Speech at PopTech! conference held in Camden, Maine.


12 October 2011
Speech on the Arctic, at the International Polar Foundation in Brussels.


11 October 2011
Speech at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany. German translation.


1 October 2011
Speech at the opening of the new session of Iceland's Parliament (English translation).


22 September 2011
Speech at the opening of the 2nd International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia.


15 September 2011
Speech at the opening of a conference on typography in Reykjavík.


8 September 2011
Speech at a conference on polar law in Nuuk, Greenland.


7 September 2011
Speech at the conference of the European Women Inventors and Innovators Network in Reykjavik.


4 September 2011
Speech at the opening of the Northern Research Forum, Hveragerði.


31 August 2011
Speech at the opening of the 41st Congress of European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Reykjavik.


30 August 2011
Speech at the opening of the 3rd Workshop on the Third Pole Environment, Reykjavík.


25 August 2011
Speech at a State Dinner in honour of H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania.


25 August 2011
Speech at the 6th General Conference of ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research).


21 August 2011
Opening speech for Iceland Day in Tallin, Estonia.


3 August 2011
A Tribute to Dr. Guðmundur Alfreðsson (published in his Festschrift).


20 June 2011
'A New Global Frontier.' Speech at The Arctic Imperative Conference, Girdwood, Alaska.


8 June 2011
Speech at a meeting of the University of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland.


3 May 2011
Address at a State Dinner in Honour of the President of Slovenia Danilo Türk and Madame Barbara Miklič Türk.


12 April 2011
A Keynote Speech at the Institute of Corporate Governance Annual Meeting in Copenhagen.


10 April 2011
Statement to the international media on the result of the Icesave referendum.


24 March 2011
Designers' Role in Times of Change. Address at a symposium in Iceland.


1 March 2011
European Geothermal PHD Day 2011. Message from the President of Iceland.


20 February 2011
Declaration by the President of Iceland, regarding the Icesave bill, made at a press conference in Iceland.


9 February 2011
Keynote Speech at the New York Geothermal Energy Finance Forum.


3 February 2011
A Message to the Responsible Fisheries Workshop in London.


23 January 2011
Address at the Digital-Life-Design Conference in Munich.


17 January 2011
Opening address at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.


14 January 2011
Opening address at a conference on the utilization of geothermal resources in Africa.


01 January 2011
New Year Address, English translation.


22 November 2010
A speech at IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi.


05 November 2010
A speech at a memorial service in honour of Jonathan Motzfeldt, former Chairman of the Home Rule Government of Greenland (in Danish).


02 November 2010
A speech at a lunch in honour of the Nordic Council (in Norwegian).


01 November 2010
Closing speech at a conference on Iceland as a geothermal industry cluster, Iceland Geothermal 2010.


01 October 2010
A speech at the opening of the Althingi.


23 September 2010
A speech at the International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue”, Moscow.


16 September 2010
A Speech at the Atlantic Conference on Eyjafjallajökull and Aviation.


16 September 2010
A Speech at the Driving Sustainability Fourth International Conference on Energy Solutions for Transport, held in Reykajvík


11 September 2010
Speech at the designated National Day of Iceland at the Shanghai EXPO 2010, at the Shanghai EXPO, China.


9 September 2010
A Speech at Clean Energy – Cutting CO2 Emissions Conference, Shanghai EXPO 2010, China


8 September 2010
A Speech at UNCTAD Conference on Promoting Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing, Xiamen, China.


7 September 2010
A keynote speech at the World Investment Forum 2010. Investing in Sustainable Development, Xiamen, China.


17 August 2010
Speech at the opening of the Nordic - Baltic Choral Festival in Reykjavik.


10 June 2010
Speech in honour of the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Madame Evelin Ilves on their State Visit to Iceland.


06 June 2010
Speech at a conference on climate change and security issues, Hella Iceland.


26 April 2010
Speech at the World Geothermal Congress, Bali.


14 April 2010
Speech at the Nordic Financial Unions Conference.


24 March 2010
Speech at the MIT Global Startup Workshop in Reykjavik.


07 March 2010
Today and yesterday the President has been interviewed by several local and foreign mass media about the national referendum and on the state of the Icesave negotiations between Iceland, the UK, and the Netherlands. Among the media are Iceland's State Broadcasting Service, two Dutch television programs, Bloomberg TV, Financial Times, BBC TV and BBC World Service, the Ritzau and APN news agencies, and CNN (Richard Quest).


21 January 2010
Speech by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the Closing Ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.


14 January 2010
An Address by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the State Dinner hosted by the President of India H.E. Pratibha Patil.


14 January 2010
An Address by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on receiving The Nehru Award in Delhi, India.


5 January 2010
Declaration by the President of Iceland regarding the Icesave law. Official translation.
Also: Official translation of the Statement from 2 September 2009.


1 January 2010
New Years Address, delivered by President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson on the State Broadcasting Television (RÚV).


10 December 2009
A speech at Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center:
Soil as the New Soldier in Fighting Climate Change: Iceland’s Lessons for World Sustainability.


7 December 2009
A Keynote speech at the UNIDO General Conference, Vienna.


1 October 2009
Opening address of the Althingi.


17 September 2009
Opening address at the World Energy Council annual conference.


10 September 2009
Opening address at an International Conference on Polar Law and Climate Change held at the University of Akureyri.


7 September 2009 Address at the Carbon Capture and Storage Conference in Hellisheiðarvirkjun.


6 July 2009
Address at the Commemoration of the Millennium of Lithuania.


26 June 2009
Opening speech at the Congress of the International Hydropower Association.


15 May 2009
Address delivered on behalf of the President at EVS24: Towards Zero Emission in Stavanger, Norway.


10 February 2009
Statement to German media, regarding Kaupthing depositors.


1 January 2009
New Year Address, delivered by President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson on the State Broadcasting Television (RÚV).


30 August 2008
Closing speech at an international symposium on climate change and food security in South Asia (Dhaka, Bangladesh).


1 August 2008
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is inaugurated as President of Iceland for his fourth term. The ceremony will start with a church service in the cathredal in the centre of Reykjavik and then the inauguration will take place in the Parliament House, Alþingi. The President of the Supreme Court will deliver the testimony for the next term, followed by a speech by the President. The ceremony will be attended by the ministers of the government, judges of the Supreme Court, members of the Parliament, ambassadors and high officials as well as the family of the president. Inaugural speech in English translation.


16 June 2008
President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson's Keynote speech at a conference on "Small States - Emerging Power? The Larger Role of Smaller States in the 21st Century". 


11 April 2008
President Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson delivers a speech in Andorra: The 21st Century: The Reniassance of Small States in Global Business, Innovation and Partnerships.


1 April 2008
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson delivers a speech at Carnegie Council in New York. Title: Climate change and New Security Issues. Listen to the speech.


11-13 March 2008
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson makes a State Visit to Mexico. President Grimsson's speech at the State Luncheon held by the President of Mexico Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. Speech in English. Speech in Spanish. President Grímsson's Speech at a Welcoming Ceremony at the Palacio Nacional. Speech in English. Speech in Spanish. Pictures 11 March. Pictures 13 March.


21 February 2008
How to Prevent Climate Change: Roadmap to Success. A speech by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.


23 January 2008
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson makes a State Visit to the State of Qatar. Photographs


21 January 2008
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson's opening Address at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Photographs


5 November 2007
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson's Lecture: The Challenge of Climate Change: Iceland - A Laboratory for Global Solutions, at ASA - CSSA - SSSA 2007 International Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Listen to lecture


15 October 2007
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson addresses the Arctic Energy Summit in Anchorage Alaska.


2 October 2007
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has a meeting with China's President Hu Jintao in Shanghai. The two presidents were visiting the Special Olympics International Summer Games in Shanghai, but President Grimsson is a board member of the Special Olympics.


26 September 2007
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson testifies in a US Senate hearing about geothermal energy, describing its value for the economy of Iceland and the role it can play in fighting climate change.


19 September 2007
President Grimsson makes a State Visit to Romania.


4 September 2007
President Grimsson makes a Celebratory Speech at the International forum "Soils, Society and Global Change" held at Selfoss. Speech.


3 August 2007
The President sends a message to a dedication cerimony of the Thingvalla Church in North-Dakota, U.S.A. 


4-7 June 2007
The President and the First Lady attend the the XIIth Games of the Small States of Europe in Monaco. The President had a meeting with Albert II on 6 June.


23-25 February 2007
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff attend festivities in Norway in honour of King Harald V's 70th birthday. Pictures.


20 February 2007
The President of Djibouti, H.E. Ismael Omar Guelleh pays a visit to Iceland at the invitation of the President of Iceland. Pictures.


9 February 2007
Press release on the occasion of President Grimsson's visit to Denmark, 9 February 2007 (in Danish). Pictures.