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Iceland’s Independence Leader Honored

The leader of Iceland’s 19th century independence movement Jón Sigurdsson will be honored in many ways this year, as on June 17, Iceland’s Independence Day, 200 years will have passed since his birth.


The statue of Jón Sigurdsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The first event to mark the anniversary was the addition of a copper plate to the statue “Brautrydjandinn” (“The Pioneer”) of Jón Sigurdsson on Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík in front of the parliament which sculptor Einar Jónsson made to mark the event of the 100th anniversary of Sigurdsson’s birthday, reports.

The addition of the copper plate had been planned for a long time but not carried through until now, by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Einar Jónsson Art Museum at the suggestion of the Jón Sigurdsson Anniversary Committee.

The plate, which is now on the back of the statue, provides information about Jón Sigurdsson and the statue in Icelandic and English.

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