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Iceland’s President Seeks Owner of Lost Keys on Facebook Group

By Ragnar Tómas

President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.
Photo: Golli. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he will not seek re-election.

The president of Iceland found a set of keys while jogging yesterday and posted a message on a local Facebook group to help the owner retrieve them. The keys are currently being kept at the presidential residence until they are claimed.

“Only in Iceland”

During his morning jog yesterday, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson stumbled upon a set of keys. Deciding to do the neighbourly thing, the president took a picture of the keys – which were suspended from a barbed wire – and posted a message on the Facebook group Íbúar Álftaness (i.e. Residents of Álftanes):

“Good day. Found this keychain this morning on the footpath along the Álftanesvegur road. The keys can be retrieved at Bessastaðir (the presidential residence).”

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
Screenshot from the President’s Facebook Post

In his post, the President also included two phone numbers, which he suggested that the owner of the keys dial.

As noted by Vísir yesterday, several people shared a screenshot of the post on social media, including director Sigurður Már Davíðsson. Sigurður pointed out that it’s quite likely that it was “only in Iceland” where the president finds a pair of missing keys and posts a picture of them in his neighbourhood Facebook group.

In an interview with Vísir, Helga Kr. Einarsdóttir, the steward of Bessastaðir, stated that the keys were still being kept at the presidential residence as the owner had yet to retrieve them.

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