Members of the LGBTQAI+ community have the same rights as everybody else to register cohabitation. Homosexuals who are married or in registered cohabitation may adopt children or have children using artificial insemination, subject to the usual conditions governing the adoption of children, and have the same rights as other parents if they have children previously.

There exists just one Marriage Act in Iceland, and it applies equally to a man and a woman, two women and two men. This means that all people who are married are covered by the same Marriage Act and that priests and heads of registered religious communities may marry individuals of the same gender.

Samtökin '78 / The National Queer Organisation of Iceland

Samtökin ’78 fights for equal rights for queer people in Iceland. To achieve this goal, it works to educate and engage politicians, public opinion and serve members of the queer community.


It offers presentations, workshops and training programs for school groups, professionals, work places and other organizations. The goal is to educate the public on queer people and queer issues in Iceland.


It also offers free social counselling to queer people, their families and professionals. It´s counsellors have extensive experience working with queer people. The counselling is free of charge and fully confidential. No issue is too big or too small to discuss with them.


Samtökin ‘78 offers fee legal assistance as well, on the rights of queer people. Their lawyer specializes in the rights of queer people and can assess whether you need to file a court case or provide other advice.


Please visit their website.

We all have human rights: Equality

As laid out in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international agreements and national law, everyone should enjoy human rights and freedom from discrimination. Equality means that everyone is equal and no distinction is made on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other views, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.


This video is about equality in Iceland, looking at the history, the legislation, and the experiences of people who have received international protection in Iceland.


Made by Amnesty International in Iceland and The Icelandic Human Rights Centre. More videos can be found here.

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