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Streets in Downtown Reykjavík Go Female

Four streets in the Tún district of central Reykjavík have been renamed and will henceforth be tokens of respect to the first women who became members of the city council in 1908. The new street signs were put up yesterday morning.

laugavegur-psDowntown Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

However, the old sings will also remain in place until 2014 so that pedestrians have time to get used to the new names, reports.

Sætún is now called Guðrúnartún after Guðrún Björnsdóttir, Höfðatún has become Katrínartún after Katrín Magnússon, Skúlatún will hereafter be known as Þórunnartún after Þórunn Jónassen and Skúlagata to the east of Snorrabraut Bríetartún after Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir, the leader of the Icelandic women’s liberation movement.

Inhabitants on Skúlagata not only have to get used to living on a new street because the house numbers will also change. The address Skúlagata 52 will change to Bríetartún 6, for example.

Not all inhabitants are content with the change. “I think Skúlagata should have been left out from the initiative because so many people live here,” said local resident Sigurður Þór Guðjónsson.

“When people have lived here for decades they think find such a radical change, both to the street name and house number, as if their homes are being manipulated with,” Sigurður stated, adding that councilors should have consulted the street’s residents.

The city will take care of and cover the costs of changes in the phone book, national registry and other practical matters that come with the move.


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