As a UNESCO City of Literature, Reykjavík emphasises the central position of literature in the city’s and nation’s cultural life, its historical significance and contemporary value. Together with its literary partners, the City of Reykjavik will further reinforce this infrastructure so that literature and writing will continue being one of the pillars of creative activity.

Freedom of expression is a core value of Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature and its Icelandic slogan, ”Orðið er frjálst“ (The Word is Free), reflects this emphasis.  Reykjavík City of Literature is committed to the ideal that neither individuals nor societies can thrive in a healthy way unless its citizens are free to express themselves, their desires and convictions.

Our Goals

  • Support and promote literary activities that take place in Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature and provide information about our rich literary heritage.
  • Stimulate cooperation and encourage new connections in the fields of literature, reading and writing in Reykjavík.
  • Work with the tourist industry in promoting Reykjavík as a literary and cultural destination.
  • Enhance international collaboration as regards Icelandic literature and active participation in the UNESCO Creative Cities Networ

See also the UNESCO Creative Cities Mission Statement

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