A growing number of companies and institutions are planning to close their doors from midday on June 19 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the country.
Akureyri, Iceland’s biggest urban area outside the capital, is the latest local authority to join the celebration.
A statement from the council says that there will be a lot going on in town that day to celebrate women getting the vote a hundred years before, and so the council voted to give its staff time off from midday to make the most of it.
The municipality of Akureyri will, however, ensure that all essential security and emergency services run as normal, RÚV reported.
There will be organized events all around the country and giving people time off from midday on June 19 was actually the government’s idea.
In addition to this, the women of Iceland will be the focus of this year’s National Day celebrations on June 17—also a public holiday.