Centenary of Icelandic Independence - The people's celebration!


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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 Alþingi (parliament) has passed a resolution on how the centenary of Icelandic independence and sovereignty is to be celebrated – with the emphasis on culture and language, and with wide participation by the people of Iceland. The centenary year will be marked in two major ways: on 18 July the Alþingi will commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Union Treaty on that date in 1918, with a celebratory session at Þingvellir, Iceland’s ancient parliamentary site. The event will be televised live. The Union Treaty took effect on 1 December 1918, and the centenary will be celebrated on 1 December all over Iceland in collaboration with universities, local government and the people of Iceland. The government will also be organising events on the centenary.

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