Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Iceland!
The EU enjoys a close and wide-ranging relationship with Iceland. The Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) has been at the core of our relations for almost two decades. This Agreement gives Iceland access to the European single market, which allows for the free movement of goods, capital, services and people (with some exceptions in the fisheries and agricultural sectors). The single market has great benefits for Iceland: the EU is Iceland's most important trade partner, with over 80% of Icelandic exports going to the European Economic Area, and over 60% of the country’s imported goods coming from the EEA.
The EEA Agreement entails close cooperation in areas such as research and development, education, social policy, the environment, consumer protection, enterprise, tourism, civil protection, and culture. Iceland’s participation in various programmes within these areas has been extensive: more than 2500 Icelandic students have studied abroad with support from the Erasmus Programme since 1992, and Iceland has received over €77 million in research support through the 6th and the 7th Research Framework Programmes (2000 – 2013).
Iceland is also an associated member of the Schengen Agreement. Schengen allows for border-free travel across 26 European countries.
One of the roles of the Delegation is to provide the public with up-to-date information about the EU's policies and institutions, and in particular on EU-Iceland relations. The purpose of this website is to be one such source of information. I hope that you find it useful.
Head of Delegation
Delegation of the European Union to Iceland