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Reykjavík Aims to Become UNESCO City of Literature

Reykjavík City authorities are planning to apply for a City of Literature status at UNESCO, as agreed in a meeting of the City Council on Friday.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The main purpose of the application is to support Reykjavík’s literary spirit and make better use of the talents of authors and other people involved in literature.

A special center for literature is to be established and reading, especially among children and teenagers, encouraged, Morgunbladid reports.

If Reykjavík becomes a City of Literature it will also be part of the Creative Cities Network. There are three conditions for earning the status: a strong literary tradition, lively and versatile modern cultural life, vision for the future and a will to develop.

Reykjavík City’s culture and tourism division is working on the application in cooperation with independent organizations in the field of literature.

Three cities around the world currently have the UNESCO City of Literature status: Edinburgh in Scotland, Melbourne in Australia and Iowa City in the US.

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