The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages is a research institute within the School of Humanities at the University of Iceland. The Institute is a research centre for scholars who teach modern and classical languages and cultures, and translation studies.

Since 1 October 2001, the Institute has had the honour of bearing the name of Ms Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, 1980-1996.

The reasons for changing the Institute’s name were, on the one hand, to honour our former President for her energetic work in foreign languages, and on the other, to help encourage and strengthen research and teaching in foreign languages.

Ms Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has been a powerful spokesperson for the importance of language proficiency, both in one’s own native tongue as well as in other languages, and she has made a vital contribution to this field in her career as a teacher, as President of Iceland, and as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

To fund its researches and projects the Institution receives a yearly contribution from the University of Iceland as well as subsidies from around the world from well-wishers. For further information please visit funding.

The Institute’s board members are:

Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Professor of Second Language Acquisition,

Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir, Professor of French,

Geir Þórarinn Þórarinsson, Adjunct Lecturer of Latin,

Oddný G. Sverrisdóttir, Professor of German,

Guðmundur S. Brynjólfsson, representing doctoral students,

Gísli Magnússon, Lecturer of Danish Literature,

Hólmfríður Garðarsdóttir, Professor of Spanish,