Iceland and Canada
Iceland and Canada have had a long standing and close relationship with Iceland which began over one thousand years ago when Icelander Leifur Eiríksson famously landed in L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. Since then the ties of the two countries have continued to strenghten, not least by account of all the Icelanders who left their home country of Iceland in search for a better life in Canada. Today, no foreign country has more inhabitants of Icelandic descent than Canada. Such is the unity between our two countries.
Icelandic Canadian relations received an added impetus in 2001 due to the opening of the Icelandic Embassy in Ottawa in May 2001, when Iceland upgraded it's honorary consulate in Winnipeg to a regular consulate, and the opening of the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik in November the same year. This relationship has also grown over the years through our cooperation in various fields, such as the Arctic Council, NATO and the UN.