Policy & History

For over sixty years, the Embassy has played a central role in managing the growing range of ties between the two nations – in defense and security, trade and investment, culture and education, and, more recently, science and technology.  The Embassy has:

  • Hosted visits by Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries, Senators, Congressmen, business leaders, academics, actors, and astronauts.
  • Participated in the negotiation of bilateral agreements on security, trade, and scientific cooperation.
  • Introduced hundreds of artists, performers, and speakers to Icelandic audiences.
  • Provided advice and assistance to thousands of Icelanders heading to the U.S. to study, work, or travel; as well as to thousands of American visitors to Iceland.

The players and issues change, but the Embassy’s fundamental mission is the same: to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the governments and peoples of the United States and Iceland, to the benefit of both nations.