The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute Fund supports projects in the fields of language, culture and communication. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, is the chair of the Fund. Language and culture have long been among her interests.

The purpose of the Fund is to support the activities of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, and consequently it provides support to research in foreign languages, publications, conferences and lectures, the development of teaching materials and other projects that are related to the work of the Institute.

We welcome your support for the Fund and its projects. Contributions can be directed to:


Bank: Landsbankinn hf
Address: Borgartún 33, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland
IBAN: IS86 0111 2600 1292 5712 9231 99
Swift code: NBIIISRE
Account holder: University of Iceland
Address: Saemundargata 2, 101 Reyjavik, Iceland

Support from The Council of Women World Leaders

In the wake of many political challenges facing the world today, such as migration, terrorism, climate change, and inequality, international cooperation and languages are more important than ever. An understanding of different cultures and linguistic versatility are necessary tools to navigate the increasingly interconnected world and to bring people together at the national and international level.


As a network of 76 current and former women presidents and prime ministers from all around the world, the Council of Women World Leaders values the Vigdís Institute’s efforts to promote linguistic diversity and cultural literacy, and in the process, create more global citizens.


The Council of Women World Leaders is honored to support the critical work of the Council’s co-founder, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former president of Iceland.

Laura Liswood, Secretary General

The Board of the Fund. Steinþór Pálsson, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Vésteinn Ólason, Ragnheiður Jóna Jónsdóttir og Sigríður Th. Erlendsdóttir.

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute Fund was established in 2003 by the University of Iceland and Kaupþing bank. Those who became benefactors before 15 April 2005 are also regarded as founding members of the Fund. They include Ístak, Icelandair, Faxaflóahafnir, Hedorfs Fond, Hjalti Geir Kristjánsson among others.

The Fund operates according to a charter and has an independent governing board. For all further information, please contact Auður Hauksdóttir.