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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Made Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík

Former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday, was made an honorary citizen of Reykjavík at a special ceremony in Höfdi, the capital’s reception house.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir at yesterday’s birthday celebration. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The Reykjavík City Council accepted Mayor Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir’s proposal to that regard yesterday morning, reports.

The city council, in cooperation with the University of Iceland, has decided to construct a special square in the former president’s honor, to be located where the planned building for the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages will stand.

The University of Iceland has reserved a lot for the institute on its premises, on Brynjólfsgata, west of Sudurgata. The square will make reference to the institute’s operations as well as Finnbogadóttir’s main interest.

During yesterday’s ceremony Mayor Kristjánsdóttir said that Finnbogadóttir’s life is interwoven with Reykjavík’s history. The former president and other people of her generation are in fact the first “city generation” of Reykjavík.

Click here to read more about Finnbogadóttir’s birthday and events organized in relation to it.

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