"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Human rights

Important citizen’s rights, such as freedom of speech, the right to personal privacy, and property rights, are guaranteed in the Icelandic Constitution and in international human rights conventions that Iceland has ratified.


>  Read more about human rights on the website of island.is

>  Icelandic Human Rights Centre

>  European Convention on Human Rights

Your rights - Information for immigrants

You can read about useful information regarding the Icelandic justice system and Icelandic society in a pamplet that has been published specifically for immigrants, in many languages. It addresses issues such as equal rights and gender equality, residence permits, trafficking in human beings, divorce, custody issues, issues regarding rights of access, financial issues, violence and threats in intimate relationships and more.


>  Direct link to the English version of the pamplet

>  The pamplet in more languages

>  Equal Treatment irrespective of Race and National Origins

Gender equality

The aim of the current legislation on Gender Equality in Iceland is to counteract discrimination based on gender and to uphold equality and equal opportunities of all genders in society and thus promote gender equality in all spheres of society. All individuals shall have equal opportunities to benefit from their own enterprise and to develop their skills irrespective of gender.


For more information about gender equality, visit the website of The Directorate of Equality in Iceland


>  Directorate of Equality main site

>  Icelandic Women’s Rights Association

If you are experiencing violence, it´s important to realize that it´s not your fault and that help is available.


To report violence of any kind against your self or against a child, call 112 or open a web chat directly to 112, The Red Cross help line or Heilsuvera.


>  For more information about violence, abuse and negligence click here.




When there are many people seeking refuge many people want to help. Others might take advantage of your situation putting you at risk of becoming a victim of human trafficking.


Here you can find information about the risk of exploitation and human trafficking in different languages:  English  –  Ukrainian  –  Russian

Children have the right to know both of their parents. Parents are obliged to protect their children from mental and physical violence and other threats.


Children should receive education in line with their abilities and interests. Parents should consult their children before taking decisions regarding them. Children should be given a greater say as they grow older and become more mature.


>  For more information about children´s rights click here.

By law, the disabled are entitled to general services and assistance. They shall have equal rights and enjoy living standards comparable to other members of society.

Disabled people have the right to education with appropriate support at all stages of education.


They also have the right to guidance and assistance in finding suitable employment.


>  For more information about rights of the disabled click here.

Being well informed about unions and workers’ rights in Iceland is very important.  For example wages must be in accordance with collective wage agreements, working hours may not be longer than the working hours permitted by law and collective agreements and different forms of paid leave must also be in accordance with law and collective agreements.

>  For more information about worker’s rights click here.

Members of the LGBTQAI+ community have the same rights as everybody else here in Iceland. For example to register cohabitation, get married, may adopt children or have children using artificial insemination.

>  For more information about LGBTQAI+ rights click here.

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