Nordens hus i Reykjavik RSS (Engelsk)


Today, the annual meeting on Icelandic foreign policy takes place in the Nordic House. The seminar is a collaboration with the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its title is: “International cooperation at a crossroad: where is Iceland heading?”

This is a relevant question, and it is clear that international cooperation is at a crossroad after the pandemic that we have experienced in the past year. On the one hand, we are globally closer to each other due to the common experience and the digital platforms that have become part of our everyday lives. On the other hand, we have seen closed borders and stronger nationalistic tendencies.

When we talk about the future, we need to have this conversation with children and young people. They worry. They are not worried about having a bright future.They are worried about not having a future. Today’s young people are informed and smart. For the first time in history, knowledge is not passed on from the older generation to the younger generation, but vice versa. The young people use alternative platforms and media for discussions, but should still be taken seriously. The phenomenon itself is not new – new platforms have always emerged when the conventional ones did not provide space.

We are thus at a crossroad where we must be able to redefine competence and the “know-hows” and see what skills are needed in the future. How can we make room for young people? It is not enough that they are consulted in the processes – they must also be given an active role in the discussions about the big issues and included in the decision-making.

The future is for children and young people, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they do not lose hope.


Open call: Kidarchy takes the lead in the Nordic House

Open call: Kidarchy takes the lead in the Nordic House winter 2021-2022
Are you opinionated? Do you have better ideas than the adults around you? Do you like playing?

This winter, Kidarchy (Krakkaveldi) will host creative workshops on Thursdays between 3PM and 5PM. We will implement our ideas and create a world where we decide everything. During the course of the winter we will meet on Thursdays and on a few occasions on Saturdays as well. If you want to join us, please send us a few lines about yourself and list three things that you would like to change in the world if you were to decide!

Among the things we will do, is to create a pub where the kids rule everything; Kidpub. At the Kidpub, we have different kind of money, different drinks and different kind of behaviour. In the end, adults will be invited to a  be invited to an experimental evening where the kids get to try out their ideas – on grownups!

Kidarchy’s supervisors are Salvör Gullbrá Þórarinsdóttir and Hrefna Lind Lárusdóttir performative artists.

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The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund and Children’s Culture Fund of Iceland


The Children’s Book Flood is nominated in Latvia

Books build bridges between people and places, both real and imagined ones. The Children’s Book Flood opened in the Nordic House in Reykjavík on the 50th anniversary of the building in 2018. The writer and illustrator Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir was the exhibition’s author and curator. Children were invited to participate in an adventurous journey through the worlds of children’s literature and the exhibition was very well received. Workshops were held within the exhibition by the Nordic House as well as List fyrir alla and many children in the Westfjords of Iceland got to participate in them when the Children’s Book Flood visited their schools.
After that The Children’s Book Flood travelled to the Baltic countries and the exhibition opened under the name The Book Flood – North Meets Baltics in Children’s Books in the National Library of Riga in Latvia in September 2020. That exhibition has now been nominated for a prestigious design prize in Latvia – The results will be announced on the 28th of May 2021. Books. 

DesignMarch 19th to 23rd of May

The Nordic House participates in DesignMarch 19th to 23rd of May.

This year the focus will be on an environmentally friendly design that departs from the present and heads towards new ways of thinking. Amongst topics dealt with in the exhibition are sustainable architecture, utilization of invasive plants, and circular design. Moreover, the designers shed light on the ecological impact of the information load on the internet and discover old methods in rope-making to understand societal traditions. Through the rethinking of old values and new discoveries, the exhibition hosts a dialogue that is relevant for future and present challenges.

Exhibitions and events

Arfisti – gjörnýting skógarkerfils
Öllum hnútum kunnug
Disaster Studios: Designing Resilience



Opening hours


Baltics in the limelight: Children and building bridges

English, translated from Swedish:

During the spring and early summer, the Nordic House celebrates Baltic Children‘s Culture Festival in collaboration with the annual children’s culture festival in Reykjavík. The program is diverse and has been planned in collaboration with the Lithuanian and Latvian schools and creative individuals from the Baltics. Certain events are aimed directly at people who speak Lithuanian, Lettish or Estonian, while others are open for a wide audience with the goal of presenting Baltic culture and traditions. With this initiative, we want to show that the Nordic House is an accessible and inclusive place that welcomes everyone and we want to counteract the often simplistic and negative representations of people with non-Icelandic backgrounds that prevail in the media and in comment fields.

In Iceland, the media seems not to have put an effort to exhibit diversity to the same extent as in other Nordic countries and studies show that Icelandic media tend to represent people with foreign backgrounds in a negative manner. For instance, foreign nationality is often revealed when it comes to coverage of suspected criminality, even though this information is irrelevant to the case in question. Recently, polemic discussions evolving around what people it is that import coronavirus to Iceland has been going on in the society. The discussions became so harsh that Iceland‘s epidemiologist felt obliged to pull the brake and emphasize the fact that it was the virus itself that is the actual enemy.

About 18% of Iceland‘s population have non-Icelandic national backgrounds and seen in this context the problem discussed above is of course very serious. A problem that the media, state, and organizations must actively take responsibility to work against.

Since the early 1990s, the Nordic Council of Ministers has worked closely with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and we in the Nordic House have taken a decisive to feature the Baltics to a larger extent in our cultural program. In Iceland, there is a significant representation of people with Baltic backgrounds. According to Statistics Iceland, estimating from the country of birth, there are 3299 Lithuanians, 1965 Latvians, and 166 Estonians living in Iceland (compared with 3644 Danes, 2173 Swedes, 212 Finns and 1273 Norwegians).

Culture builds bridges and the Nordic House is a bridge builder.This time it is about establishing a local infrastructure that brings us closer to each other, increases understanding and cultural awareness and thereby counteracts xenophobia. The support from our Baltic partners has been overwhelmingly positive, which makes us feel great reverence and a great responsibility towards our initiative, which is only the beginning of a long-term work.

Sabina Westerholm,
Director of the Nordic House in Reykjavík



Lapsed ja sildade rajamine, keskendudes Baltimaadele

Seoses Reykjaviki lastekultuuri festivaliga korraldab Põhjala maja kevadel Balti lastekultuuri festivali. Ulatuslik programm on kavandatud koostöös Leedu ja Läti kooliga ning Baltimaadest pärit kultuuritöötajatega Islandil. Osa sündmustest on suunatud otseselt neile, kes räägivad Baltimaades kõneldavaid keeli, ülejäänud on aga suunatud laiemale publikule ning nende eesmärgiks on vahendada Baltimaade kultuuri ja Baltimaade traditsioone. Selle ettevõtmisega tahame me näidata osalt seda, et Põhjala maja on avatud ja kaasav koht, kuhu kõik on teretulnud, teisalt aga tõrjuda meedias ja kommentaariumites laialt levinud stereotüüpseid ja ühekülgseid hoiakuid muu taustaga inimestest.

Islandil ei ole meedia teinud sama laiaulatuslikku tööd mitmekesisuse ja tolerantsuse heaks kui teistes Põhjala riikides ning uuringud näitavad, et see pilt, mille Islandi meedia on kujundanud välismaise taustaga inimestest, on selgelt negatiivse varjundiga. Ühe näitena võib mainida, et kuritegude korral mainitakse sageli kahtlustatavate isikute rahvust, ehkki taoliste juhtumite juures ei ole see vähimalgi määral asjasse puutuv. Viimasel ajal on tekkinud poleemika seoses koroonaviirusesse nakatumisega ning küsitakse, kes on nakkuse maale sisse toonud. Arutelu muutus nii tuliseks, et riiklik epidemioloog oli sunnitud kõva häält tegema ning selgitama, et ainus vaenlane on ju ikka haigus ise.

Kuna 18 % Islandi elanikkonnast on mõne muu rahvuse taustaga, siis võib kirjeldatud olukord kujutada endast suurt probleemi. Meedia, riik ja erinevad organisatsioonid peavad selle probleemi lahedamiseks vastutuse enda peale võtma.

Kuna Põhjamaade Ministrite Nõukogu on alates 1990ndates aastatest teinud tihedat koostööd Eesti, Läti ja Leeduga, siis on Põhjala maja oma kaasavas tegevuses otsustanud  seada fookuse just Islandil elavatele Baltimaadest pärit inimestele. Islandil moodustavad Baltimaadest pärit inimesed nimelt märkimsväärse osa rahvastikust. Statistikakeskuse andmetel elab Islandil 3299 leedulast, 1965 lätlast ja 166 eestlast. (Võrdlusandmed: 3644 taanlast, 2173 rootslast, 212 soomlast ja 1273 norralast).

Kultuur rajab sildu ja Põhjala maja on sillaehitaja. Seekord on eesmärgiks luua kohalik taristu, mis toob meid üksteisele lähemale, suurendab üksteisemõistmist ning astub seeläbi vastu võõravihale. Baltimaade koostööpartnerite toetus on olnud ülimalt positiivne, mis paneb meid tundma suurt aukartust ja vastutust selle ettevõtmise suhtes, mis on esialgu alles selle pikema töö alguseks.


Dėmesys Baltijos šalims, vaikams ir tiesiami tiltai 

Šį pavasarį Reikjaviko vaikų kultūros festivalio metu Šiaurės šalių namai pakvies į Baltijos šalių vaikų kultūros festivalį. Išsami festivalio programa rengiama kartu su lietuvių ir latvių mokyklomis ir Baltijos šalių kultūros atstovais Islandijoje. Dalis renginių bus skirta tikslinei auditorijai, kalbančiai lietuvių ir latvių kalbomis, o likusi programos dalis bus atvira plačiajai visuomenei. Baltijos šalių vaikų kultūros festivaliu siekiama pristatyti baltų kalbas ir tradicijas. Šia iniciatyva mes norime pademonstruoti, kad Šiaurės šalių namai yra atvira ir įtrauki erdvė, kurioje laukiami visi, taip pat norime paneigti stereotipus ir vienpusiškai nuomonei apie kitataučius, kurios apstu šalies medijose ir komentarų skiltyse.

Žiniasklaida Islandijoje skiria gerokai mažiau dėmesio įvairovės ir tolerancijos temomis lyginant su kitomis Šiaurės šalimis. Tyrimai rodo, kad Islandijos žiniasklaida apie kitataučius rašo akivaizdžiai neigiamai. Kaip pavyzdį galima paminėti atvejus, kai be jokios priežasties atskleidžiama įtariamojo asmens tautybė, nors tai visiškai nesusiję su byla. Pastaruoju metu daug diskusijų kelia ir koronaviruso tema – apie tai, kaip virusas patenka į šalį. Diskusijos šia tema taip įsiliepsnojo, kad šalies epidemiologui teko rėkte aiškinti, kad vienintelis visų mūsų priešas yra liga.

Tai, kad 18% Islandijos gyventojų yra kitos etninės kilmės, čia yra didelė problema. Problema, kurios sprendimui medijos, valstybė ir organizacijos privalo imtis aktyvių veiksmų.

Kadani Šiaurės ministrų taryba dar nuo 1990 pradžios aktyviai dirba Estijoje, Latvijoje ir Lietuvoje, mes Šiaurės šalių namuose savo darbe įtraukties klausimais pasirinkome dirbti būtent su Baltijos šalių tautinėmis mažumomis Islandijoje, nes jos sudaro ženklią tautinių mažumų dalį šalyje. Statistikos centro duomenimis mūsų šalyje gyvena 3299 latvių, 1965 lietuvių ir 166 estų tautybės žmonių. (Palyginimui – 3644 danų, 2173 švedų, 212 suomių ir 1273 norvegų tautybės atstovų).

Kultūra tiesia tiltus ir Šiaurės šalių namai yra jų statytojas. Šį kartą kalbame apie vietinės infrastruktūros sukūrimą, kuri mus suartintų, didintų tarpusavio supratimą ir mažintų priešiškumą. Didžiulis mūsų Baltijos šalių partnerių palaikymas kelia pagarbą, ir mes esame atsakingi už šią iniciatyvą, kuri yra tik ilgalaikio bendradarbiavimo pradžia.



Uzmanības centrā – Baltija, bērni un sadarbības tilti

Šīgada pavasarī Reikjavīkas bērnu kultūras festivāla ietvaros Ziemeļvalstu māja (Nordens Hus) Reikjavīkā atzīmē arī Baltijas bērnu kultūras festivālu. Vērienīgā programma ir veidota sadarbībā ar lietuviešu un latviešu skolām, kā arī Islandē dzīvojošiem baltiešu kultūras darbiniekiem. Kamēr daži no festivāla pasākumiem ir paredzēti Baltijas valodu pratējiem, pārējā festivāla sadaļa uzrunās plašāku auditoriju, iepazīstinot to ar baltiešu kultūru un baltiešu tradīcijām. Ar šo iniciatīvu mēs vēlamies parādīt, ka Ziemeļvalstu māja ir pieejama un atvērta ikvienam, kā arī dot savu artavu cīņā ar stereotipiem un vienpusību, kas valda plašsaziņas līdzekļos un komentāru slejās attiecībā pret cittautiešiem.

Salīdzinājumā ar pārējām Ziemeļvalstīm Islandes plašsaziņas līdzekļi nav bijuši pārāk aktīvi daudzveidības un tolerances veicināšanā, un saskaņā ar pētījumiem priekšstati, ko Islandes mediji rada par atšķirīgas izcelsmes cilvēkiem, ir ar izteikti negatīvu nokrāsu. Piemēram, bieži vien tiek atklāta aizdomās turamā tautība, kaut arī tam nav pilnīgi nekāda sakara ar lietas būtību. Pēdējā laikā īpaši aktuālas kļuvušas diskusijas par Covid-19 un šīs infekcijas ‘importēšanu’ valstī. Vienubrīd polemika bija uzkarsusi tiktāl, ka Islandes vadošais epidemiologs bija spiests iejaukties un atgādināt, ka īstais ļaundaris tomēr ir pati slimība.

Tā kā 18% Islandes iedzīvotāju ir citas etniskās izcelsmes, šāda veida neiecietības izpausmes ir īpaši problemātiskas. Te atbildība būtu jāuzņemas plašsaziņas līdzekļiem, valstij un dažāda veida organizācijām, aktīvi līdzdarbojoties tamlīdzīgu parādību izskaušanā.

Tā kā Ziemeļvalstu Ministru padome kopš 1990. gadu sākuma ir cieši sadarbojusies ar Igauniju, Latviju un Lietuvu, Ziemeļvalstu māja Reikjavīkā savā iekļaujošas sabiedrības stratēģijā ir nolēmusi īpašu uzmanību veltīt Islandē dzīvojošiem Baltijas tautu pārstāvjiem. To skaits ir gana ievērojams – oficiālā statistika vēsta, ka Islandē mīt 3299 latvieši, 1965 lietuvieši un 166 igauņi. (Salīdzinājumam: 3644 dāņi, 2173 zviedri, 212 somi un 1273 norvēģi).

Kultūra veido sadarbības tiltus, un arī Ziemeļvalstu māja piedalās šajā procesā. Ar uzsāktā projekta starpniecību ceram ielikt pamatus vietējai platformai, kas mūs satuvinās, vairos izpratni un novērsīs ksenofobiju. Pārliecinošais atbalsts, ko esam saņēmuši no saviem Baltijas partneriem šīs ierosmes realizācijā, liek mums pret to izturēties ar dziļu pietāti un lielu atbildību. Tas ir darbs, ko esam gatavi turpināt ilgtermiņā.



Nordens hus i Reykjavik söker praktikanter

Som praktikant i Nordens hus är du en del av ett dynamiskt team, som arbetar med kulturutbyte mellan Island, Norden och de baltiska länderna i form av samarbetsprojekt med kulturinstitutioner, konstnärer och forskare i hela regionen. Nordens hus har en bred verksamhet och arrangerar kontinuerligt utställningar, evenemang, konferenser och festivaler med inriktning på nordisk konst, kultur och litteratur samt samhälls- och miljöfrågor.

Som praktikant i Nordens hus får du en bred erfarenhet av projektplanering, -utveckling och genomförande. Du har ett brett ansvar och möjlighet att med din input och dina initiativ vara med om att utveckla organisationen. Därtill har du goda möjligheter att utvecklas inom ditt eget område och införskaffa värdefull professionell erfarenhet och goda kontaktnät inför framtiden.

För hösten 2021 söker vi två praktikanter inom två separata program:

Praktikant med inriktning på litteratur
Vi söker en praktikant för att kunna delta i arbetet med litteratur och litteraturförmedling i Nordens hus. Arbetet innefattar både ett aktivt deltagande i planering och verkställande av litterärt program riktat till vuxna och barn, exempelvis den internationella barnlitteraturfestivalen Mýrin som arrangeras i oktober i Nordens hus. Praktikanten deltar också i koordinerings- och förmedlingsarbetet vid sekretariatet för Nordiska rådets två litteraturpris, som är beläget i Nordens hus. Vi förväntar oss att du studerar på magisternivå inom litteraturvetenskap eller litteraturförmedling.

Praktikant med inriktning på konst- och kulturproduktion
Nordens hus har ett brett konstnärligt program i form av egna produktioner och samarbeten med utomstående partner. Vi söker en praktikant som kan medverka i planering och produktion av aktuella utställningar, festivaler, konserter m.m. Vi önskar att praktikanten har erfarenhet av konst- och kulturproduktion och god insyn i det nordiska konst- och kulturfältet. Erfarenhet av konst- och kulturförmedling är ett plus. Vi förväntar oss att du studerar på magisternivå i konst- och kulturämnen, curating eller kulturproduktion.

Vi förutsätter att våra praktikanter har goda kunskaper i tal och skrift i engelska samt i svenska, danska eller norska. Likaså är god organisatorisk förmåga och förmåga att arbeta självständigt ett krav. Vi önskar att du har ett stort intresse för och gärna god kännedom om nordisk konst och kultur och internationellt kulturutbyte. Erfarenhet av arbete med social media är ett plus.

Praktiken är oavlönad, men vi önskar att du har Erasmus-finansiering för den. Praktikperioden ska vara minimi 5 månader.

Vi tar gärna hänsyn till individuella studiekrav och det är möjligt att under praktikperioden studera på distans på deltid. Praktikanten svarar själv för att hitta bostad, men vi förmedlar gärna kontakter till möjliga boenden. Genom programmet Nordiskt praktikantforum kommer praktikanterna att få lära känna övriga nordiska praktikanter samt ta del av arbetet vid de nordiska ambassaderna och lokala administrativa och kulturella organ.

Sista ansökningsdatum är 18.5.2021.  

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Om du har frågor får du gärna kontakta HR-chef Þórunn Stefánsdóttir, eller direktör Sabina Westerholm,



Nordens Hus: Et samlet kunstværk
En virtuel rundvisning om husets historie, kultur og arkitektur

The Perspectives of Art

Translated from Swedish

Since its establishment in 1968, the Nordic House has been a central Nordic platform for art, culture, language and public debate in Iceland. We strive to fulfill the Nordic prime ministers’ vision for 2030 that the Nordic region will become the world’s most sustainable and integrated region. In recent years, we have strategically taken steps to shape our program thematically and allow art to have an explicit role in our work with the vision. The varying perspectives that art can offer are invaluable in a time faced with so many challenges both in terms of the environment and social issues.

The exhibition Nature in Transition: Shifting Identities researches the specific relationship between man and nature in the West-Nordic Countries. In these northern latitudes, nature has traditionally been an obvious and present part of life, shaping people and their identity. Nothing is constant, but the changes we are seeing in this part of the world right now are happening at a faster pace than ever before. What happens when conditions change, when humanity takes new paths, when identities are reshaped, when someone comes in from the outside?

The exhibition is broad in content and multi-layered. The individual works go into depth on specific issues, but they also have a subtle dialogue with each other. One takes over where the other ends and a story takes shape that looks back on traditions and customs and puts them in relation to the present and the future. Delicate threads also bind the different parts of the West Nordic countries together, countries that are so close to each other while still so far away.

The Nordic House in Reykjavik is dependent on good partners, especially in times when cultural grants are being cut and a pandemic is hampering mobility. I am deeply grateful for the fruitful collaboration with the University of the Arts of Iceland and send a warm thank you to the artists and curators of the exhibition. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the in-house staff of the Nordic House who have once again shown that they are the best in the world.

Sabina Westerholm,
Director of the Nordic House in Reykjavík

Baltic children’s culture festival in the Nordic house

Baltic Children’s Culture festival will be held in the Nordic house April 20 to June 14.

The Nordic house celebrates children’s culture by presenting Baltic culture in a creative way in  collaboration with people with background from the Baltic countries. During the first week of the festival, school groups will be invited to a collage workshop inspired by historical buildings from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Lithuanian artist Jurgita Motiejunaite tells children about the history of the buildings and assists them in making their own collages. Artworks resulting from the scrap workshop will be hung on the wall in the entrance of the Nordic house creating an exhibition that will last until the end of the festival, the 14th of June.

Various events will be held during the Baltic children’s culture festival. To name some are an instrument workshop where participants get to learn about Trejdeksnis, a Lithuanian percussion instrument and a Baltic story- and cartoon workshop working around a Lithuanian folk tale about a grass snake.

The library of the Nordic house furthermore offers story times in Lithuanian and Lettish and books in those languages will be available in collaboration with Modurmal – organisation on bilingualism. Books from the Lithuanian publishing house Big and Small will be among the selected children books.

An overview of events will be found in the event calendar of the Nordic house. The festival has a hybrid form meaning that the workshops are either open to the public or booked in advance by schoolgroups. Booking and information is given by Hrafnhildur, mediator of arts and culture:

Baltic Children’s Culture Festival

Opening of exhibition “Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities”

The exhibition “Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities” opens 17 April, 2021 The opening will be held throughout the day from 10-17 and due to current covid-regulations there is a 20 person limit in the exhibition space.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Iceland University of the arts (IUA) and the Nordic House in Reykjavík, conceived of as a contribution of the IUA to the Reykjavík Congress of the Universities of the Arctic (UArctic) network. The initiative is supported by grants from the Nordic Council of Ministers and from the Nordic Culture Fund.

The exhibition “Nature in Transition – Shifting Identities” offers a glimpse into the experiences, reflections and research of artists and designers living in the rapidly shifting north of the globe. Nature shapes the man-made environment, and vice versa; both currently in an accelerated state the likes of which we have not witness to before. By bringing together artists based in the West Nordic countries as well as Denmark, the exhibition further considers the long and intricate history of relations between the four countries, that seems particularly urgent to discuss now. Transitions demand revisions of former positions, a close analysis of our awareness and identities as individuals and societies: under the long arc of natural forces there are unique lives, unique communities, unique stories. Current and past natural events in Iceland remind us that it is not stability that is the natural state of things, it is constant transformation; of nature, of communities, of individuals.

On view are works by Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Emilie Dalum & Michael Richardt, Inuuteq Storch, Jóhan Martin Christiansen, Ólöf Nordal, Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Rikke Luther, Thomas Pausz. With the participation of Ana Luisa S. Diaz De Cossio og Khetsin Chuchan.
Curators are Hanna Styrmisdóttir and Hulda Stefánsdóttir. Students in curatorial practice at the IUA participated in the making of this exhibition.

Hvelfing, the exhibition space of the Nordic House, is open Monday to Sunday from 10-17

Opin og aðgengileg Norðurlönd

Gleðilegan Dag Norðurlanda!

Í ár höldum við upp á 50 ára afmæli Norrænu ráðherranefndarinnar. Frá upphafi hefur Norræna ráðherranefndin haft það markmið að allir skuli eiga þess kost að taka þátt í norrænu samstarfi. Í nýju samstarfsáætlun ráðherranefndarinnar í menningarmálum fyrir tímabilið 2021-2024 er markmiðið eftirfarandi: lista- og menningarstarf sem er aðgengilegt öllum á Norðurlöndum með jafnrétti að leiðarljósi.

Til þess að geta uppfyllt sýn norrænu ráðherranna um að Norðurlönd verði sjálfbærasta og samþættasta svæði í heimi árið 2030 er aðgengi að jöfnum tækifærum mikilvægt. Til þess að ná þangað er nauðsynlegt að skoða með gagnrýnum augum hvernig maður vinnur, hvað maður gerir og hvernig maður kemur fram. Fyrir hvern og með hverjum? Þess konar vinna er tímafrek, flókin og getur jafnvel verið óþægileg; en að horfa í hina áttina er ekki möguleiki á Norðurlöndum dagsins í dag.

Börn og ungt fólk eru í forgangi í fyrrnefndri samstarfsáætlun. Bæði sem frumkvöðlar, þátttakendur og markhópur. Nýverið stofnaði Norræna húsið til vinaskólasambands við Hólabrekkuskóla í Breiðholti. Í dag höldum við upp á dag Norðurlandanna með því að bjóða öllum krökkum í 6. bekk vinaskólans í sína fyrstu heimsókn í Norræna húsið. Við hlökkum til að vinna með krökkunum langtímaverkefni sem vinnur á dýptina, þar sem nemendurnir fá tækifæri til að læra, hafa áhrif, skapa og tileinka sér menningarlæsi sem nær út fyrir landamærin.

Ég kaus að óska ykkur til hamingju með Dag Norðurlanda á finnlandssænsku táknmáli. Þetta tungumál er talað af um það bil 300 manns og þetta er móðurmál föður míns. Hér á Íslandi er einnig talaður fjöldi tungumála og fyrir hvern viðburð sem við skipuleggjum verðum við að íhuga hvaða tungumál sé best að nota til að ná til sem flestra.

Í apríl bjóðum við í Norræna húsinu stolt til baltneskrar barnamenningarhátíðar. Við höfum mótað dagskrána í samvinnu við fulltrúa af baltneskum uppruna á Íslandi. Frá því snemma á tíunda áratugnum hefur Norræna ráðherranefndin átt í nánum tengslum við Eistland, Lettland og Litháen. Þetta er grunnur sem við viljum gjarnan byggja á þar sem að stór hluti nýrra Íslendinga á rætur í Eystrasaltsríkjunum.

Við í Norræna húsinu heitum því að gera allt sem í valdi okkar stendur til þess að vera norrænn vettvangur sem er opinn og aðgengilegur öllum.

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Nordic Day 23 March – various events throughout the week related to Nordic culture

The Nordic Day is held annually on 23 March to celebrate Nordic co-operation and showcase its importance. This year the day is celebrated at the Nordic House through  various events throughout the week. The light will be shed on Nordic culture and lifestyle through a debate, concert, food, children and youth literature, photo competition and more. The program is held in co-operation with the Nordic Association in Iceland, Nordic embassies and various delegations.

On the Nordic Day itself there will be discussions on the importance of culture in the Nordics in Covid-times with various artists, inhabitants and politicians. The café MATR will offer Nordic delecasies and students in 6th grade will get a lively session about pop-culture and languages in the other Nordic countries. On Saturday is a workshop for children based on new Finnish children’s book, and on Saturday night will be a concert both on-site in the Nordic House and via live-stream with the Danish musician Tue West and the Icelandic GDRN. A competition is going on where you can add and vote for photos that depict Nordic life, via use of the hashtags #nordicdayiceland and #dagurnordurlanda.

Main events

Photo competition “Nordic Life”
Until Saturday 27 March 15:00
A competition where you can add and vote for photos that depict Nordic life via use of the hashtags #nordicdayiceland and #dagurnordurlanda.

Discussions on the value of culture in the Nordic Region in periods of crisis. Nordic cultural co-operation in the past, present and future.
Þriðjudaginn 23. mars kl. 17.00-18.15 í streymi

What role has culture played in Nordic co-operation since the Nordic Council of Ministers was established fifty years ago?
What impact has COVID-19 had on cultural life in the Nordic Region?
What role will culture play in the Nordic co-operation in the future?
Politicians, people from the region and representatives of cultural life will discuss these issues in greater detail.
Among participants:
– Gísli Örn Garðarsson, actor and director
– Aldís Mjöll Geirsdóttir, President of the Nordic Youth Council
– Tue West, musician
– Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir, Member of the Presidium of the Nordic Council and board member of the Nordic Culture Fund
– Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister for Nordic-Co-operation in Iceland
– Ann-Sofie Stude, The Finnish Ambassador to Iceland
More info and link to live-stream

Crash-course for 6th graders in Nordic pop-culture and languages
Tuesday 23 March 10:00-12:00
Students in 6th grade of Hólabrekkuskóli, the friendship school of the Nordic House, will get a crash course in Nordic pop-culture and languages. The course is arranged by the interns in the Nordic House, the Nordic embassies, representations and the EU delegation. The visit ends with a quiz about the Nordic countries. The goal of the friendship school project is to give students an opportunity of cultural literacy across borders.

The nominees to the Nordic Council Children and Young People´s Literature Prize
Thursday 25 March 10:30-11:30
The nominations are introduced in the Nordic House with a group of school children present along with members of the jury and Icelandic nominees.

Workshop for children – create your own ocean creature
Saturday 27 March 13:00-15:00
The workshop is based on the new book from the Finnish author Linda Bondestam, which tells about the adventure of the lonely ocean creature. Registration necessary by email to:

More information about the children exhibit The Egg in the Nordic House, based on the work by the same author.

Concert with Tue West and GDRN
Saturday 27 March 20:00
A Nordic Music Night with The Danish singer and songwriter Tue West and Icelandic GDRN. A hybrid event as it will also be live-streamed. The concert is held in co-operation with the Danish Embassy and the EU Delegatioin. Tickets are available via, 1500 ISK or 1000 ISK for students.
More info.

Storytelling for children
Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 March
Reading from the monster books of Áslaug Jónsdóttir.
Saturday at 12:00 in English, Sunday at 11:00 in Icelandic, 12:30 in Swedish, 14:00 in Finnish and 15:30 in Danish.

Nordic delecasies in café MATR
Tuesday to Friday 12:00-16:00
The café MATR offers Nordic delecasies in addition to its regular menu.

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