Iceland Cabinet Minister to visit The Deuce!

Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture, will join us on August 3rd for the 120th Annual Deuce of August Celebration. She will be the Keynote Speaker at the Saturday Afternoon Heritage Program.

She has been a Member of Althingi (The National Parliament) for the Reykjavík South Constituency since 2016 and has previously served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade from 2016-2017 and as Minister of Education, Science and Culture since November 2017.

Ms. Alfreðsdóttir holds a master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and received a Fulbright grant during her studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland. She also studied at the University of Minnesota and Ewha University in Seoul. Ms. Alfredsdottir has written numerous articles on economic and educational affairs in Icelandic papers and international journals. In addition, Ms. Alfredsdottir has held presentations on economic affairs in the United States and Europe.

Iceland Prime Minister to visit The Deuce

Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir

The Icelandic Communities Association is honored to announce that Her Excellency Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, will attend the 119th Annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain, North Dakota.  The Celebration runs from August 2nd through the 5th. The Prime Minister will attend on Saturday, August 4th, and will take part in the morning parade and will be the Keynote Speaker at the Heritage Program on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM in the Mountain Community Center.

With her visit, Prime Minister Jakobsdóttir will be the 5th sitting Prime Minister to attend the Celebration, beginning with the 2005 visit of Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson.  A 6th Prime Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, attended the Celebration in 2012 while serving as the Chairman of the Independence Party before later becoming Minister of Finance, and then Prime Minister,
in January of 2017.

The Deuce of August Celebration hosted the former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson during the 100th Deuce of August Celebration in 1999, and has been attended by multiple Ambassadors from Iceland to the US and Canada, and multiple Cabinet Ministers.

The Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration has been certified by the North Dakota Tourism Department as the longest running ethnic festival in the State of North Dakota and is the largest Icelandic ethnic event in the United States. 

North Dakota officials who have been invited to attend include Governor Doug Burgum, US Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer.   

For up to the minute updates on the event, visit the “August the Deuce” Facebook page or        

A Visit to Our Neighbor

Being apart of the Scandinavian countries, Iceland has many wonderful neighbors and just how we like to preserve our Icelandic heritage, there are several other clubs and communities of Scandinavian decent that like to do so as well.  Watertown Sons of Norway, in Watertown, SD, is a club that is very proud of their Norwegian heritage and recently they have been wanting to learn more about their neighbor countries.  Last Thursday,  September 21, Linda Frey, (filling in for the INLNA president Sunna Furstenau), shared information about her home country, Iceland.  Linda enjoyed elaborating about the beauty of Iceland, the customs and culture of the people, and stories of her own.  Linda was proud to share how our Northeastern Icelandic community holds firmly on to those Icelandic roots, preserve the history of the beloved Icelandic settlers and instill the ways of an Icelander around the community.  She was welcomed by many wonderful Norwegians, their great stories and treated with refreshments in good company after the presentation.  Linda says Takk fyrir mig or like our neighbors say, Tusen takk for meg!

If you would like to know more about our neighbor club, Sons of Norway visit   

Congratulations Are In Order!

Congratulations are in order for Sunna Pam Furstenau as the president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, presented her with the The Order of the Falcon.  The Icelandic community is very proud of Sunna for receiving this prestigious award. To find out more about the ceremony and The order of the Falcon, check out the post on the Icelandic Roots webpage link, written by Doug Hanson.

Photo Credit: Kent Lárus Björnsson