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Icelandic Language Day Celebrated

Dagur íslenskrar tungu (‘Icelandic Language Day’) is celebrated for the 17th time today. November 16 is the birthday of Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845), who fought for the preservation of the Icelandic language in the 19th century at which time it was subject to influence by Danish.

jonashallgrimsson_wikiJónas Hallgrímsson. Source: Wikipedia.

Iceland Review (both online and print publications) marked the event last year by adopting

the use of Icelandic letters and first names when referring to Icelanders in articles, as is done in the local media.

The Icelandic Language Day is commemorated by schools, institutions and associations across the country today. The program of events included a reading marathon at Ársafn library from 11 am to 4 pm.

To mark the occasion, Minister for Education, Science and Culture Katrín Jakobsdóttir will present the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award to an individual whose work has benefited the Icelandic language at a ceremony this evening.


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