The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages is a research institute working within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Iceland. The Institute is a research centre for scholars who teach modern languages and cultures, the classical languages, and translation studies.
Since 1st October 2001 the Institute has had the honour of bearing the name of Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, 1980-1996.
The reasons for changing the Institute's name were, on the one hand, to honour our former President for her energetic work in foreign languages, and on the other, to help encourage and strengthen research and teaching in foreign languages.
Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has been a powerful spokesperson for the importance of language proficiency, both in one's own native tongue as well as in other languages, and she has made a vital contribution to this field in her career as a teacher, as President of Iceland, and as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.