Young adults aged 13-16 should only be out in public after 10pm if they are on their way home from a school, sporting or youth-club event. 

  • Young adults aged 13-18 should obey the instructions of their parents, respect the opinions of others and observe the law.
  • Young adults acquire legal competence, i.e. the right to decide their own financial and personal affairs, at the age of eighteen. This means that they are responsible for their own property and can decide where they want to live, but they lose the right to maintenance by their parents.
  • Study
  • Children and young adults aged 6-16 must be in primary education. School attendance is free of charge.
  • Primary study ends with examinations, after which it is possible to apply for upper-secondary study.
  • Enrolment of upper-secondary students in the autumn term is done online and the deadline is in June each year. Enrolment of students in the spring term is done either at the school in question or online.
  • Various information on special schools, special departments, study programmes and other study options for disabled children and young adults can be found on the Menntagátt website.
  • Work
  • Children in compulsory education may only be employed in light work.
  • Children under the age of thirteen may only take part in cultural and artistic events and sporting and advertising work and only with the permission of the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Children aged 13-14 may be employed in light work which is not deemed to be dangerous or physically challenging.
  • Those aged 15-17 may work up to eight hours a day (forty hours a week) during school holidays.
  • Children and young adults may not work at night.
  • Most large municipalities run work schools or youth work programmes for a few weeks every summer for the oldest primary-school pupils (aged 13-16).
Several employment agencies specialise in helping young people find work.

Fjölsmiðjan – a work centre for young people at a crossroads

Upper-secondary schools

Upper-secondary education on Ísland.is

Equalisation grants for upper-secondary students

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