Pence Visit Three Times as Expensive as Merkel and Nordic Leaders

US Vice President Mike Pence.

The Metropolitan Police’s expense over US Vice President Mike Pence’s seven-hour visit to Iceland last week was triple the amount spent during German Chancellor Angela Merkel and all the Nordic Prime Ministers’ two-day visit in August, according to the Police’s answer to RÚV’s inquiry.

Extensive preparations were made during Pece’s official visit, with street closures and a multitude of police officers gathered at Höfði House, where Pence met with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, and Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson. Snipers were also visible atop surrounding buildings.

The Metropolitan Police expense ran just over 14 million ISK (EUR 102,456 – USD113,783). This is not including the cost of police officers from South- and North Iceland, as well as travel and accommodation costs.

A few days earlier, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Iceland along with the prime ministers of all the Nordic countries, the Lawman of the Faroe Islands, the Premier of Greenland, and the Governor of the Åland Islands. They spent two days in the country. Merkel attracted attention when she took a stroll through the city centre and went shopping. According to the Metropolitan Police, their expenses over the Nordic and German leaders amounted to 5.5 million ISK (EUR 39,965 – USD 44,383) or just over one-third of the Pence visit.

Angela Merkel to be Guest of Honour at Meeting of Nordic Leaders

German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Nordic prime ministers in Reykjavík next week, Vísir reports. The international leaders plan to discuss issues related to climate, the Arctic region, equality, and security, among other things.

Angela Merkel will attend the meeting on August 20 as Icelandic prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s special guest. In addition to leaders from Scandinavia, the premiers of the Åland Islands and Greenland will also be in attendance.

Per a government announcement, the group will particularly “…look for opportunities to increase cooperation between the Nordics and Germany in addressing challenges on the international stage, not least the consequences of climate change and support for sustainable development.” Attendees will also make visits to notable places around Reykjavík, including to the Harpa concert hall, the Hellisheiði Power Station, Þingvellir, and Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’ home, Gljúfrasteinn.

The German chancellor will also attend several bilateral meetings in conjunction with the prime ministers’ meeting. One such meeting will be held by the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future, 14 Nordic companies that have announced their intention to collaborate on the EU’s sustainable development goals.