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Former President of Iceland Awarded on Language Day

Former Icelandic President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir received an award for her language preservation efforts during a special ceremony at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes, west Iceland, at the Icelandic Language Day yesterday.


Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Minister of Education and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir presented the award—which is dedicated to national poet Jónas Hallgrímsson—to Finnbogadóttir, Fréttabladid reports.

In her speech, Finnbogadóttir said the language is the most valuable thing we have, along with the country and freedom.

She pointed out that approximately 7,000 languages are spoken around the world and their significance mustn’t be forgotten even though new technology has made the world more accessible.

“We think we can google everything, which isn’t true, of course. No one can google an inner sense of a language,” she commented.

The band Hjálmar and the Möguleikhúsid theater also received special recognition for their efforts to promote the Icelandic language yesterday.

Click here to read more about the Icelandic Language Day.

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