The Complex World of Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide

Insurance is an integral part of modern life, yet it remains a complex and often misunderstood concept for many individuals. Whether it’s protecting your home, car, health, or even your life, insurance plays a crucial role in managing risk and providing financial security. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve deep into the world of insurance, exploring its various types, importance, how it works, and the factors that influence the cost of insurance. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of this multifaceted industry.

Table of Contents

The Concept of Insurance

Types of Insurance
a. Life Insurance
b. Health Insurance
c. Auto Insurance
d. Home Insurance
e. Business Insurance

The Importance of Insurance

How Does Insurance Work?

Factors Affecting the Cost of Insurance
a. Age and Health
b. Driving Record
c. Location
d. Type and Value of Assets
e. Coverage Levels

The Insurance Industry

The Future of Insurance


The Concept of Insurance

Insurance is a contract between an individual or entity (the policyholder) and an insurance company. In exchange for regular payments known as premiums, the insurance company provides financial protection in the event of a covered loss. This protection can take many forms, such as the payment of medical bills, repair or replacement of damaged property, or a sum of money to beneficiaries in the case of a policyholder’s death.

The central idea behind insurance is to spread the financial risk among a large group of policyholders. This way, no one individual is financially devastated by an unexpected event. Instead, the risk is shared collectively, allowing everyone to manage potential losses more effectively.

Types of Insurance

Insurance comes in various forms, each tailored to address different aspects of life. Here are some of the most common types:

a. Life Insurance: Life insurance provides a payout to beneficiaries (usually family members) in the event of the policyholder’s death. It is designed to provide financial support and security to loved ones after the policyholder’s passing.

b. Health Insurance: Health insurance covers the cost of medical care and treatment. It can include various plans, such as HMOs, PPOs, and high-deductible plans, each with its own structure and benefits.

c. Auto Insurance: Auto insurance is mandatory in most places and covers the cost of repairs or medical expenses in the event of an accident. It typically includes liability coverage, collision coverage, and comprehensive coverage.

d. Home Insurance: Home insurance safeguards your residence and personal belongings against a variety of risks, including fire, theft, and natural disasters. It may also provide liability coverage if someone is injured on your property.

e. Business Insurance: Business insurance covers various aspects of a company’s operations, including liability, property, and employee-related risks. Different types of business insurance cater to specific industry needs.

The Importance of Insurance

Insurance is a critical component of financial planning and risk management. Its importance can be summarized in several key points:

Financial Security: Insurance provides a safety net, ensuring that individuals and families can maintain their quality of life even in the face of unexpected events.

Legal Requirements: In many cases, insurance is legally mandated. For example, auto insurance is required in most places to cover potential liability in accidents.

Investment Protection: For most people, their home and car are among the most significant investments they make. Insurance helps protect these assets from unexpected damage or loss.

Peace of Mind: Knowing that you have insurance in place can offer peace of mind. It reduces the stress and uncertainty associated with life’s unpredictabilities.

How Does Insurance Work?

The mechanics of insurance involve several key parties and processes:

a. Policyholder: This is the person or entity that purchases an insurance policy and pays the premiums.

b. Insurance Company: The insurer underwrites the policy and collects premiums. They are responsible for processing claims and providing financial protection.

c. Premiums: Policyholders pay regular premiums, which are typically monthly or annual payments. The amount of the premium depends on various factors, such as coverage levels and risk factors.

d. Coverage: Insurance policies specify what is covered, the limits of coverage, and any exclusions. Coverage can vary widely based on the type of insurance and the specific policy.

e. Claims: When an insured event occurs, policyholders file a claim with the insurance company. The insurer assesses the claim and, if approved, provides the necessary compensation.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Insurance

The cost of insurance is influenced by several factors, which can vary widely from person to person. Some of the most common factors include:

a. Age and Health: In health and life insurance, younger and healthier individuals typically pay lower premiums. Older individuals or those with pre-existing health conditions may pay more.

b. Driving Record: Auto insurance premiums are heavily influenced by your driving history. Safe drivers with no accidents or traffic violations usually pay less.

c. Location: Where you live matters. Areas prone to natural disasters, high crime rates, or heavy traffic may result in higher insurance costs.

d. Type and Value of Assets: The cost of insuring valuable assets, such as a luxury car or a high-end home, will be higher due to the increased replacement cost.

e. Coverage Levels: The extent of coverage you choose will directly impact the cost. Higher coverage levels come with higher premiums.

The Insurance Industry

The insurance industry is vast, with numerous companies competing for customers. It’s also highly regulated to ensure that insurers meet their obligations and maintain financial stability. Regulatory bodies monitor the industry to protect consumers and maintain the overall integrity of the insurance system.

Insurance companies use actuarial science and statistics to calculate risk and determine premium rates. They invest the premiums they collect to generate income and cover future claims. The industry employs a wide range of professionals, including underwriters, claims adjusters, agents, and actuaries.

The Future of Insurance

The insurance industry is constantly evolving, influenced by technological advancements, changing customer preferences, and global events. Some trends and developments shaping the future of insurance include:

a. Insurtech: Technology is streamlining the insurance process, making it more efficient and customer-friendly. This includes digital platforms for purchasing policies, filing claims, and obtaining quotes.

b. Data and Analytics: Insurers are increasingly relying on data analytics to assess risk and set premiums accurately. Telematics, for instance, is used in auto insurance to track driver behavior and customize rates.

c. Sustainability: Environmental concerns are driving changes in the insurance industry. Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of natural disasters, prompting insurers to reevaluate their risk assessments.

d. New Products: The insurance industry is adapting to emerging risks, such as cybersecurity threats and the gig economy. Policies tailored to these unique needs are becoming more common.


Insurance is a vital component of modern life, offering financial protection and peace of mind in the face of unforeseen events. Understanding the various types of insurance, how it works, and the factors that influence its cost is crucial for making informed decisions. As the insurance industry continues to evolve, staying informed about new products and emerging trends is equally important. Ultimately, insurance is about managing risk and securing your future, making it an essential part of financial planning for individuals and businesses alike.

The Power of Online Learning: A Trend Shaping Education

In recent years, online learning has emerged as a powerful trend that is reshaping the landscape of education. With advancements in technology and the increasing accessibility of the internet, online learning has gained significant popularity among students, professionals, and lifelong learners. This article explores the benefits, challenges, and future prospects of online learning, shedding light on why it has become a trending topic in the education sector.

  1. Flexibility and Convenience:
    One of the primary reasons behind the surge in online learning is its flexibility and convenience. Students can access educational content and resources from anywhere, at any time, eliminating the constraints of physical classrooms. This flexibility allows individuals to balance their education with work, family, or other commitments, making learning more accessible to a wider audience.
  2. Diverse Learning Opportunities:
    Online learning offers a vast array of courses and programs, catering to diverse interests and needs. Whether it’s acquiring new skills, pursuing higher education, or exploring personal interests, online platforms provide a wide range of subjects and disciplines. This diversity allows learners to tailor their education to their specific goals and interests, fostering a more personalized learning experience.
  3. Interactive and Engaging Learning Environments:
    Contrary to the misconception that online learning is impersonal, many platforms offer interactive and engaging learning environments. Through multimedia resources, discussion forums, virtual simulations, and live video sessions, learners can actively participate in their education. These interactive elements promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, enhancing the overall learning experience.
  4. Cost-Effectiveness:
    Online learning often proves to be more cost-effective compared to traditional education. With reduced or no commuting expenses, lower tuition fees, and the ability to access free or affordable learning materials, online learners can save a significant amount of money. This affordability makes education more accessible to individuals who may have financial constraints or limited resources.
  5. Challenges and Considerations:
    While online learning offers numerous advantages, it is essential to acknowledge the challenges it presents. Some learners may struggle with self-discipline and time management, as the absence of a physical classroom requires a higher level of personal motivation. Additionally, reliable internet access and technological proficiency are crucial for a smooth online learning experience. Institutions and educators must also ensure the quality and credibility of online courses to maintain the integrity of education.

Online learning has become a trending topic in education due to its flexibility, convenience, diverse learning opportunities, interactive environments, and cost-effectiveness. As technology continues to advance, online learning is expected to further evolve, providing even more innovative and engaging educational experiences. While challenges exist, the benefits of online learning are undeniable, making it a powerful tool that is shaping the future of education.

Innovation Management

New study program as of fall 2018: Innovation Management (MSc) and Master of Innovation Management (MINN).

Choice between MSc and Qualification at master level

Students can choose between a program structure that leads to an MSc degree and a program structure as qualification at master level (MINN). Both structures include 90 ECTS credits. Full-time study includes three terms: fall, spring, and summer term.

MSc degree

Students finish 60 ECTS credits in courses according to the program structure and a 30 ECTS-credit master‘s thesis.

Qualification at master level (MINN)

Students finish 90 ECTS credits in courses according to the program structure. Students have the opportunity to take an internship of up to 15 ECTS credits.

Dean’s Selection Grant for RU Department of Business Administration  graduate students

The recipient of the Dean´s Selection Grant pays undergraduate fees instead of graduate fees. Students with the highest grade in a graduate programme each semester are applicable. In order to receive the award students must complete 30 ECTS units per semester and follow the programme structure.

It is argued we are witness to the largest economic, technological, and social changes in modern history, which is already revolutionizing both our jobs and personal lives. Future careers, products/services and organisations are largely unknown, as they do not yet exist. It is no longer enough only to prepare for currently defined roles.

University graduates, whether they want to start their own business or become managers in established organisations, need to embrace the change as a source of new opportunities. They need to have the ability to take initiative, inspire others and manage collaborative efforts towards innovation.

Innovation is at the core of any organization: its creation, sustainability, and growth. The master’s program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management prepares students to lead innovation and entrepreneurial processes in various organisational settings, including of established corporations, start-ups, public organizations, and NGOs.

The focus of staff research is on innovation and entrepreneurship, finance and economics, corporate governance, marketing and human resource management. RU Department of Business Administration is committed to excellence in research and academic staff collaborates with researchers in other fields such as Computer Science and Psychology, within RU and internationally. Students also benefit from the Department’s extensive network of international professors and guest lecturers from the business community.

A great opportunity

By completing an internship a student’s knowledge, skills and abilities are enhanced. This is usually done through hands-on projects, and so, graduates are better prepared for their future careers. Students are assigned a supervisor within a company or institution and a full-time faculty member as a supervisor during the period of the internship.


Students can complete 7,5 ECTS, 15 ECTS, or 30 ECTS, depending on the length of the internship. Internships of 30 ECTS are only available for students that complete their internship abroad. Generally, internships are unpaid.

Students can choose between three options:

Option 1: Students apply for internship positions arranged by RU Department of Business Administration with Icelandic companies.

Option 2: Students arrange an internship with companies themselves and get the internship approved by RU Department of Business Administration.

Option 3: Students find international internships themselves, and get it approved by RU Department of Business Administration.

Examples of companies and institutions where students have completed their internships

Icelandair Group • Icelandair London • Icelandair Frankfurt • Össur • KPMG• Deloitte • PwC • E&Y • Landspítalinn • Síminn • Orkuveita Reykjavíkur • NOVA • Vodafone • Vífilfell • Ölgerðin • Virðing • Sameinaði lífeyrissjóðurinn • Pipar TBWA • Icelandair • Landsvirkjun • Advania • Alvogen • Landsbankinn • Mannvit • Nýherji • Reiknistofa bankanna • Eik fasteignafélag • Grant Thornton • Glamour • BDO • Sjóvá • Canadian Embassy • Viðskiptaráð • FESTI • Samtök Iðnaðarins.

Internships abroad

Students can apply for an Erasmus grant to complete an internship in Europe for 2-12 months. Students who have previously been in the Erasmus exchange program can apply for funding for an internship.

The amount of the grant depends on the destination, but is in the range of 450 to 550 € a month. Students also receive a travel grant, in the range 275- € 1,100 depending on the destination.

The program is offered as full-time study program; part-time study is allowed. Maximum study period: 6 semesters; if the study period exceeds this limit, the student must apply for re-enrollment.

Choice between MSc and Qualification at master level

Students can choose between a program structure that leads to an MSc degree and a program structure as qualification at master level (MINN). Both structures include 90 ECTS credits. Full-time study includes three terms: fall, spring, and summer term.

IT facilities

Our IT Services provide a range of computer facilities to help you study. IT suites are located across campus – many with 24-hour access.

IT facilities also include:

  • Wireless network
  • Extensive printing facilities
  • Adapted PCs for students with disabilities or additional learning needs

Student study areas

Students have 24-hour access, during term time, to group rooms and private study desks. There is a especially dedicated study area for Graduate students.

Student Union
The University of Reykjavik Student’s Union is the focus of many student activities on campus.

Sports Facilities
In the basement of the university, World Class runs a gym which offers discounts to students.


There are three shops and cafés in the building that sell food and beverages to students.

  • Kaffitár sells a selection of coffee drinks, light snacks and bakery products.
  • Malið serves hot food everyday, plus snacks and refreshments.
  • The University shop (Haskolabudin) sells groceries, household items and snacks.

Reykjavik University Campus

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik right next to Iceland’s only geothermal beach, the newly built campus offers students modern first-rate facilities. The building has well equipped classrooms and students have 24-hour access to the spacious study facilities.

Environmentally conscious

The campus is one of Iceland’s most automated buildings designed to provide an environment optimal for working using the lowest amount of energy.

Automated blinds and windows

In the main areas of the building the blinds and windows are controlled by a weather station positioned on top of the University roof. The weather station collects information about wind direction and outside temperature adjusting windows accordingly, and blinds are automated to ensure direct sunlight does not disturb students working.

A breath of fresh air

The University building is constantly ventilated with natural fresh air using the NAVENT system. Fresh air is drawn into the building and then pumped into the rooms. Special CO2 monitors ensure the correct levels of oxygen in the rooms. Heaters ensure that the air pumped into the rooms maintains the correct air temperature. In the summer time the air pumps drag warm air from the building and pump fresh and cooler air in its place.

Intelligent lighting system

Every light in the University has its own IP address and is controlled by the automated system. Light sensors ensure lighting is only on when rooms are in use. Large windows let in natural daylight which creates a more pleasant working environment.


Beautiful surroundings

Our campus is in a unique position of being set in one of the most popular outdoor areas of Reykjavik.

  • The University of Reykjavik is located right next to Iceland’s only geothermal beach,  Nauthólsvík. Students can enjoy swimming in the geothermally heated sea, or relax in the hot tub on the beach.
  • Right next to the campus is the most environmentally friendly restaurant in Reykjavik, Nauthóll, which has been awarded the Nordic Environmental “Svan Certificate,”  and was the first restaurant in Reykjavik to receive this certification.
  • Students can enjoy the many foot and bicycle paths in the neighbouring forest.
  • Students can visit the nearby Perlan situated on top of the city’s geothermal storage tanks.

Leading Nordic political science journal edited by UI academics

One of the most respected political science journals in the Nordic countries is now edited by a team from Iceland. The new editorial board for Scandinavian Political Studies started on 1 June. The journal is published by Wiley on behalf of NOPSA, the Nordic Political Science Association. Editorship passes between the Nordic countries at three-year intervals, but this is the first time it has come to Iceland.

This is testament to the UI Faculty of Political Science’s strength and contributions to the international academic community. The editors are Maximilian Conrad, Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir and Stefanía Óskarsdóttir, all professors at the UI Faculty of Political Science.
The editorial board for Scandinavian Political Studies is always made up of academics from the same country and, this time, all from the University of Iceland. What is more, the Nordic Political Science Association is also now headed by an Icelander for the first time: Eva Heiða Önnudóttir, another professor at the Faculty of Political Science.

“The journal is a leading publication in political science, specialising in topics related to Nordic politics. The fact that Scandinavian Political Studies and NOPSA will both be led by academics from the University of Iceland for the next few years is clear testament to the international standing of the Faculty of Political Science. This is an exciting challenge that will raise the profile of the University of Iceland and boost the reputation of the Faculty,” said the new editors.

Scandinavian Political Studies is an important source for researchers and instructors working in the field of Nordic politics at the national, regional and municipal levels.

The journal publishes new research in all areas of political and administrative science, including decision-making, public policies and electoral issues. The journal is published quarterly and is available here.

A team of UI academics have taken over editorship of Scandinavian Political Studies, which is testament to the UI Faculty of Political Science's strength and contributions to the international academic community. The editors are Maximilian Conrad, Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir and Stefanía Óskarsdóttir, all professors at the UI Faculty of Political Science. 

A team of UI academics have taken over editorship of Scandinavian Political Studies, which is testament to the UI Faculty of Political Science’s strength and contributions to the international academic community. The editors are Maximilian Conrad, Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir and Stefanía Óskarsdóttir, all professors at the UI Faculty of Political Science.

Exhibition on the life and work of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir to open in December

Exhibition on the life and work of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir to open in December - Available at University of Iceland

An exhibition devoted to the life and impact of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, will open in the old Telegraph Station on Suðurgata on 1 December. Work is currently underway renovating the building and setting up the exhibition. The exhibition, suitable for all ages, will educate visitors about the wide-ranging impact that Vigdís has had in the areas of equality, environmentalism, world peace and language, both in Iceland and abroad.

A memorandum of understanding between the government and the University of Iceland was signed at an event held in the UI Ceremonial Hall on 17 June 2021 to mark the 110th anniversary of the foundation of the University. Last year, the University of Iceland and Vigdís agreed that Vigdís would donate several artefacts from her presidency to the University and Vigdís International Centre, such as letters and documents, gifts from foreign heads of state, artwork, items of clothing and other objects from her private collection. Since then, preparations for the exhibition have been in full swing under the leadership of Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir, cultural scholar and curator at the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute.

Vigdis og Astridur

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and her daughter, Ástríður Magnúsdóttir, at the signing of the agreement on donation of Vigdís’ possessions to the exhibition. 

Lend me wings

The exhibition is entitled “Lend me wings: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, life and impact. The goal of the exhibition is to highlight the influence Vigdís Finnbogadóttir had on both Iceland and the wider world and the issues to which she has devoted her life, both as the President of Iceland and later as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages. “There is a particular focus on her work for equality, the environment, world peace, languages and culture and the exhibition also explores how public discourse shaped Vigdís’ positions and priorities and how she influenced and even changed that discourse,” says Sigrún Alba.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a poem by the Icelandic poet, Hulda. “We chose it to reflect how, through her encouragement, positivity and example, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has inspired so many people – women and others – to take action and make their dreams come true. Vigdís was young herself when she left home and started working towards her goals, learning from her experiences and the challenges she faced along the way. She has been a role model for many people. With her emphasis on human rights, peace, environmental protection, culture, and languages, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has had a profound influence on both Iceland and the wider world, not to mention her impact on matters of equality,” adds Sigrún Alba.

Close collaboration with the Vigdís International Centre

The exhibition will be closely linked with the work of the Vigdís International Centre, which is housed in the building next door to the Telegraph Station: Veröld – House of Vigdís. The Vigdís International Centre operates under the auspices of UNESCO and the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland. “The primary aims of the Vigdís International Centre are to promote multilingualism in order to increase understanding, communication and respect between cultures and nations and to support research into native languages in a human rights context. Since 1999, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages. The role involves raising awareness of the importance of languages for cultural diversity and preserving endangered languages,” explains Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, chair of the board of the Vigdís International Centre.

Vigdis Finnbogadottir

Vigdís was elected President of Iceland in 1980 and served in that office for 16 years. IMAGE/Getty Images

Why was Vigdís elected President?

The 1980 Icelandic presidential election attracted global attention when Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became the first woman in the world to be democratically elected head of state. “The exhibition will seek to answer the question of why Vigdís won that election. What did she have to offer? What was the reaction when she announced her candidacy? And what impact did her victory have on younger generations and the debate on equality, both in Iceland and abroad?” says Sigrún Alba.

She believes that much of the explanation can be found in Vigdís’ childhood, education, personality and her work as a teacher, translator, tour guide and theatre director. “Vigdís wasn’t afraid to stand up and speak candidly about subjects that had been considered taboo, such as cancer, adoption and various other topics that women were generally not supposed to talk about or have an opinion on,” says Sigrún Alba, explaining that these ideas are addressed specifically in the exhibition.

Work is currently underway renovating the building and setting up the exhibition. “People living in Iceland, as well as tourists or short-term residents studying or working here. The exhibition is also designed to appeal to different age groups and we will be producing teaching material related to the exhibition for both compulsory school and upper secondary school students,” says Sigrún Alba. image/Kristinn Ingvarsson

Furnishings that reflect Vigdís’ interest in afforestation

Ann-Sofie explains that a huge amount of research has gone into preparing this exhibition and a wide range of sources have been consulted, both private and public. “The exhibition will endeavour to share the story of the life and times of Vigdís through a variety of sources: for example, personal possessions, photographs, private letters, and media coverage. The exhibition will also include videos and audio recordings that give a deeper insight into Vigdís’ life and the impact of her work, as well as artwork and artefacts that Vigdís received as gifts and pieces created by Icelandic artists on the theme of Vigdís’ life and passions. For example, we have work by the art group, the Icelandic Love Corporation, and the artists Guðjón Ketilsson, Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir and Valtýr Pétursson,” explains Sigrún Alba.

She adds that the setting for the exhibition was inspired by the Icelandic landscape. “Unndór Egill Jónsson designed all the display tables and cabinets specifically for this exhibition and they were crafted from Icelandic birch wood from Vaglaskógur. We believe these furnishings will create an interesting link with Vigdís’ interest in afforestation; she was a pioneer in her way when it came to afforestation and conservation,” says Sigrún Alba.

Birna Geirfinnsdóttir and Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson at Studio Studio are responsible for all graphic design. The aim is to ensure that the appearance of the exhibition reflects Vigdís’ personality, that it is stately, warm and international.


Vigdís received many messages of congratulations after she was elected President, including from the Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness. IMAGE / Kristinn Ingvarsson

Honouring the history of the Telegraph Station

Preparations for the exhibition are in full swing in the Telegraph Station. The building, where Iceland first established wireless communications with the outside world, will now be given a new lease of life returning to its role as a venue for international communication.

“We have divided the Telegraph Station into three main spaces. The first, which we call the Blue Room, will introduce visitors to Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and help them to understand how she became the world’s first democratically elected female head of state. Visitors will then proceed to the Presidential Room, which explores Icelandic society in 1980 and Vigdís’s presidential campaign and election in that context. There are certainly a lot of surprises there and we felt it was important to remind people of just how little progress had been made in the fight for gender equality at that time and how that was reflected in the debate and discussions about Vigdís’ campaign. The South Room is the third part of the exhibition and focuses on Vigdís’ passions and the causes she has fought for, both as the President of Iceland, as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages and in other ways,” says Sigrún Alba, explaining that the connecting theme is international relations.

“Visitors will then return to the entrance, where there will be a little shop selling books and other mementos, as well as a small exhibition about the Telegraph Station itself, which was established in 1918. The Telegraph Station was vital for international communications in Iceland. In order to send and receive news and communicate with the outside world, it is essential to speak languages other than Icelandic. In view of this, it seems appropriate that the Telegraph Station should be opposite Veröld, which is home to the UI Faculty of Languages and Cultures, with Vigdísartorg square in between connecting these different worlds,” says Sigrún Alba.

It is no mean feat to do justice to such a rich and eventful life as Vigdís’ in an exhibition like this, but according to Sigrún Alba, who is highly experienced in exhibition management, it is important to work systematically with the chosen narrative and use different techniques to connect with different people. “It has been both challenging and rewarding and was a combined effort from many different people – exhibition managers, designers and other experts who have provided various advice on content, focuses, conservation of artefacts, and how to effectively share our message. Such a large exhibition as Lend me wings requires a lot of different people to work together. We would like to thank everyone who contributed, including staff at the National Museum, the National Gallery, the National Archives, the National Library, the Office of the Prime Minister, and the Office of the President of Iceland – not forgetting the experts from the University of Iceland who we have consulted on manuscripts and the content of the exhibition,” she says.

bref til foreldra

Letters that Vigdís wrote to her parents when she was studying in France will be on display in the Telegraph Station. IMAGE / Kristinn Ingvarsson

Complements the exhibition on language in Veröld – House of Vigdís

The exhibition will open 1 December and will be suitable for all ages. “People living in Iceland, as well as tourists or short-term residents studying or working here. The exhibition is also designed to appeal to different age groups and we will be producing teaching material related to the exhibition for both compulsory school and upper secondary school students,” says Sigrún Alba.
Ann-Sofie agrees and adds that the exhibition will also serve as a venue for visits, outreach and events in synergy with the exhibition work in Veröld – House of Vigdís. “Lend me wings echoes the Living Language lab, particularly those parts of the exhibition that focus on languages. The Living Language lab is an exhibition on the languages of the world, how they have spread, how they can be protected and why they are important. It is an interactive experience for visitors, harnessing digital technology, and is especially designed for school groups. When Vigdís was young, she realised that there was a myriad of languages in the world and that every language allows us to think about the world, and relate to it, in a specific way. It is safe to say that the two exhibitions, Lend me wings and Living Language lab, complement each other and we hope that as many visitors as possible take the opportunity to visit both,” concludes Ann-Sofie.

Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir, cultural scholar and curator and Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, chair of the board of the Vigdís International Centre in in the old Telegraph Station on Suðurgata.

Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir, cultural scholar and curator and Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, chair of the board of the Vigdís International Centre in in the old Telegraph Station on Suðurgata. image/Kristinn Ingvarsson

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