The Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding is an international language centre function under the auspices of UNESCO. Since its opening on 20 April 2017, the Centre has been working towards the objectives stated in the agreement with UNESCO, to:

  • promote multilingualism in order to further understanding, exchange and respect between cultures and nations;
  • raise awareness of the importance of language as a core element of the cultural heritage of humanity;
  • promote translation and translation studies in order to enhance the enjoyment of cultural diversity and intercultural understanding;
  • contribute to preservation of languages and to worldwide monitoring of the implementation of language policies and language planning in the field of mother tongue based multilingualism;
  • promote research and education in foreign languages studies and cultures;
  • support and promote research into the role of the mother language as a human right.

The decision was made that in the initial years the focus will be on the linguistic ecology of the West Nordic region – i.e. the relationship between languages and cultures on the west coast of Norway, in the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland. An international network of scholars has already been formed, representing the University of Greenland in Nuuk, the Greenland Language Committee (Oqaasiliortut), the Universities of Trondheim, Bergen, Oslo, Copenhagen, the Faroe Islands and Iceland. The network has received grants from Nordplus Sprog og Kultur.


Annual Reports of Vigdís International Centre

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


A UNESCO Category 2 Centre

On 15 April 2013, the Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, signed a cooperation agreement between the Icelandic Government and UNESCO stipulating that the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding operate under the auspices of UNESCO. On 27 June the same year, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, signed the agreement in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The UNESCO Agreement in English

VIMIUC – Vigdís International Centre
for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

Háskóli Íslands
Brynjólfsgötu 1
107 Reykjavík
s: 525 4191
Kt. 600169-4281
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