Iceland launches push for overseas specialists

03.09.2019 - 15:54
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Iceland’s tourism, industry, and innovation minister, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, has formally launched a new project aimed at enticing specialists in various fields to come and work in Iceland.

The stylish new Work in Iceland website was launched in a ceremony at Alvotech’s headquarters in Reykjavík this lunchtime and is touted as a large step towards encouraging specialist and high-tech workers to move to Iceland. 

The website is a joint project between Promote Iceland, the SI Federation of Icelandic Industries, and the Ministry of Industry and Innovation, and has been in preparation since early 2018. The website is all in English and claims to contain all the information necessary to help people decide whether Iceland is for them. 

Among the sections of the website are pages on the process of applying for jobs in Iceland, applying for residence permits, insurance and tax affairs, as well as others about the benefits of living in Iceland, including for families. 

“It is extremely important for the Icelandic economy to bring in skilled people,” Kolbrún said at the launch today. “It means more people will take part in innovation and the creation of value that benefits us all. To do this, we have to flag up our strengths, which are many and various. The Work in Iceland project is therefore a big result and I am especially happy to have been able to see it through.” 

One of the main challenges faced by Icelandic high-tech and intellectual companies is a shortage of specialists slowing their ability to grow, according to SI’s Sigurður Hannesson. He adds that the new project, including its website, should help in removing those restrictions and making Iceland more competitive.

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Alexander Elliott
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