Welcome to Reykjavik
Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital city
in the world. Since its founding in 1786, the Reykjavík Capital Area has grown to just under 200,000 inhabitants, or about 60% of the total population of 300,000.
Reykjavík is governed by the city council, directly
elected by anyone over the age of 18 and registered with a home in the
city. The council has 15 members that are elected for 4 year terms. The
city council governs the city of Reykjavík according to law number
45/1998. This elected city council selects the members of the boards and each board
controls a different field under the city council's authority. The most
important board is the city board that wields the executive rights
along with the city mayor. The city mayor is the uppermost public
official in the city and also the director of city operations. Other
public official then control different institution under his authority.
the administration consists of two different parts. The political power
that the city council wields and other boards in its authority, and the
official system where public officials under the authority of the city
mayor take care of administering the policy and the management.
mayor is appointed by the city council, usually one of the council
members is chosen but they may also hire a mayor that is not member of
Reykjavík residents can access the city’s services
from three portals: community-based service centers, call centers and
e-services. Six service centers, in as many neighborhoods, are
operated in the city. These focus on providing families in the city
with both comprehensive and targeted welfare services and accept
applications for all services provided by the city. Each service center
is a pioneer in a particular field of the services, e.g. multicultural
issues and preventive measures.
The telephone center 411 1111
connects callers to all operating units within the city infrastructure
and provides general information on services and activities provided by
the city. Electronic Reykjavík involves, among other things, personal
areas on the website of the City of Reykjavík which residents can
establish for e-business. All applications for Reykjavík City services
are accessible from one area on the city’s website.