Cabinet Building Reykjavik

© Magnús Ólafsson (Reykjavik Photo Museum)
ISL Reykjavik

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nwolpert published on 07/25/2019 8:40 p.m.:

Icelanders demonstrate in front of the government building in Reykjavik. The occasion was the arrest of a man who had sailed the same day with a white and blue flag on his boat, the flag being the symbol of the Icelandic independence movement. At that time, Iceland was still under the Danish crown. People gather around the statue of Jón Sigurðsson, leader of the independence movement, waving blue and white flags. When Iceland got its own flag in 1915, it was actually not this one that became selected, but the blue-white-red one which is still icelands flag today.
Instead of the statue of Jón Sigurðsson, today there is a statue of Hannes Hafstein, the first Prime Minister of Iceland, right in front of the building. On the left stands a statue of Christian IX, a Danish king who allowed Iceland to have its own a constitution in 1874.
Today on the left side on the small hill stands a statue of Ingólfr Arnarson, who came to Iceland in the 9th century as one of the first permanent settlers and founded Iceland according to tradition.

Thanks to Reykjavik Photo Museum for permission and informations.

Lena wrote on 07/27/2019 8:33 a.m. :

Sieht aus, als ob das Demonstrieren hauptsächlich den Männern vorbehalten war. ;)

Looks like demonstrating was mainly reserved for men. ;)

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