Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson awarded 14 individuals with the Order of the Falcon yesterday, June 17 (Icelandic National Day). The Order of the Falcon is the only chivalric order in Iceland, originally founded by King Christian X of Denmark and Iceland on July 3, 1921. Honorees are selected by the President of Iceland and a five-member council.
This year’s recipients include ornithologist and falcon enthusiast Ólafur Karl Neilsen for his research into Icelandic birdlife; former Governor of the Central Bank Már Guðmundsson for his work on behalf of the government; producer and activist Rakel Garðarsdóttir for her efforts on raising awareness of food waste and environmental issues; and filmmaker Egill Eðvarsson, for his contributions to television programming and Icelandic cinema.
Complete List of Honorees:
- Már Guðmundsson, economist and former Governor of the Central Bank
- Dagný Kristjánsdóttir, professor of Icelandic literature
- Edda Jónsdóttir, visual artist and gallerist
- Egill Eðvarðsson, filmmaker
- Felix Valsson, anaesthetist and intensive care physician
- Jón Kristinn Cortez, choir director and music instructor
- Lára Stefánsdóttir, headmaster
- Margrét Kristmannsdóttir, former Deputy Chair of SA (Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise)
- Ólafur Flóvenz, geologist
- Ólafur Karl Nielsen, ornithologist and Chair of BirdLife Iceland
- Páll Halldórsson, pilot-in-command
- Rakel Garðarsdóttir, activist
- Rósa Björg Jónsdóttir, library and information specialist
- Þorbjörg Helgadóttir, former dictionary editor at the Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen.
The award is bestowed twice a year, on January 1 and June 17.