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  The Government House.
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  • The Government House. - Reykjavík
      The Government House.
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  • A statue of Hannes Hafstein, the first minister. - Reykjavík
      A statue of Hannes Hafstein, the first minister.
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  • A statue of the Danish king Christian IX. - Reykjavík
      A statue of the Danish king Christian IX.
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  • On Gay pride. - Reykjavík
      On Gay pride.
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  • The two statues and the local joke. - Reykjavík
      The two statues and the local joke.
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The Government house/Cabinet in ReykjavÝk "Stjˇrnarrß­ ═slands" was originally built (1761-1771) as a prison and served as such until 1816, when a crisis hit Iceland after the Napolean wars. So the ministers are now meeting in Iceland┤s first prison.

After that the Danish Governor had it restored and moved in there himself.

Iceland was granted its Home rule in 1904 by the Danish government and the first official Icelandic flag was hoisted by the Government House. From then on the 3 ministers in the Icelandic government worked in the Government House and it became the official Icelandic Government house and has served as such ever since.

For some time the offices of the President of Iceland were located at the Government House as well, from 1973-1996. In 1996 our current president got elected and our Prime Minister and he had been political opponents and not the best of friends so a new office was found for the Icelandic President at Sˇleyjargata 1. Politics ;)

There are two statues in front of the Government House, both of them by the sculptor Einar Jˇnsson, see my tip on the Einar Jˇnsson museum, one representing the Danish king Christian IX handing over Iceland's first constitution in 1874 and the other one is of Hannes Hafstein, the first minister of Iceland in 1904.

There is a local joke regarding the position of the statues as seen from BankastrŠti street - have a look at my 4th photo and see if you get the joke.

I add the website of the Prime Minister of Iceland.

Address: LŠkjargata 1, 150 ReykjavÝk
Directions: The Government house stands by LŠkjargata and Hverfisgata opposite LŠkjartorg square in the center of ReykjavÝk.
othercontact: postur@for.stjr.is
Phone: 354 5458400
Website: http://www.government.is/Locations/nr/156

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