Home rule 1904

February 1, 2004 was the 100th anniversary of the Icelanders? attainment of home rule, and of the establishment of representative government and the Ministry of Iceland. The first minister acquired a residence in ReykjavÝk, which became the centre of administration. The transition of executive power to Iceland on 1st of February 1904 was a turning point, and a major step in the nation?s struggle for independence.

The first minister, Hannes Hafstein, was familiar to the nation as one of its most popular poets and the district magistrate of ═safj÷r­ur.

This website has been set up in commemoration of this watershed.

Prime Minister DavÝ­ Oddson opened the exhibition Home Rule 1904 in The Culture House ? National Centre for Cultural Heritage on 3 February. The exhibition is open every day from 11 am to 5 pm. The Culture House website:


The exhibition provides insight into the progressiveness, optimism and ambition that characterised Icelandic life during the home rule period, and explores the background to this historic event.

The following text is taken from the exhibition brochure published to accompany the exhibition.





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