Business & Government Jun 29, 2015

Iceland Celebrates 35th Anniversary of the Election of Europe’s 1st Female President

Attendees celebrated former Icelandic President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

On Sunday, June 28, Icelanders gathered at Arnarhóll Square in central Reykjavik to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s democratic election to the Icelandic Presidency. Iceland’s fourth president, Finnbogadóttir was the first woman in Europe to be elected president in a democratic election and served from 1980 to 1996.

The event was organized by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and the University of Iceland in cooperation with Alþingi, the City of Reykjavík, the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities, the Committee on the 100 Years Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Iceland, and dozens of other associations in the numerous fields where Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has been particularly active throughout her political career.

Many artists participated in this event, which was designed to reach a large public, particularly young people. Among the actors and musicians featured in the program were the Icelandic Wonderbrass band, the Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir, the Danish lyric singer Palle Knudsen, the Swedish lyric singer Ylva Kihlberg and many more!

Several Icelandic writers, the President of the Icelandic Parliament and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir herself addressed the audience on this special day. Several choirs also gathered together before the event to sing along with the audience in celebration.

Watch the video below for more information about the event’s organizer, the Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign Languages.