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Legislation and official policy documents


15.Legislation and official policy documents

Last update: 27 November 2023


Laws and regulations under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, available in English, in alphabetical order (not by year). 

Act on Visual Arts No 64/2012

Act on the Icelandic Museum of Natural History No 35/2007 

Act on the National and University Library of Iceland No 142/2011

Act on workplace training fund No 71/2012 

Act on children's access to films and video games No. 62/2006

Act on public higher education institutions No 85/2008

Act on Public Support for Research No. 3/2003 

Act on the education and recruitment of teachers and administrators of pre-, compulsory and upper secondary schools No. 87/2008  

Act on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, a public-service medium No. 23/2013 

Act on the return of cultural objects to other countries No. 57/2011

Act on the recognition of professional qualifications for the pursuit of an activity in Iceland No. 26/2010

Act respecting the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies No 40/2006 

Act respecting the status of the Icelandic language and Icelandic sign language No 61/2011

Adult Education Act No 27/2010 

Compulsory School Act No. 91/2008 

Copyright Act No. 73/1972

Act amending the Copyright Act, No 73/1972 (private copying) 2016

Bill introducing an Act amending the Copyright Act No 73/1972 (private copying) 2016

Directorate of Education Act No 91/2015

Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners Act No 35/2009 

Educational Grants Act No. 79/2003

Higher Education Act No 63/2006

Icelandic Student Loan Fund Act No. 21/1992 

Library Act No 150/2012

Literary Act No 91/ 2007

Media Act No. 38/2011

Museum Act No 141/ 2011 

Public Archives Act No 77/2014

Preschool Act No 90/2008 

Regulation on the Icelandic Film Fund No. 229/2003 

Rules pertaining to doctoral studies at higher education institutions

Sports Act No 64/1998  

Upper Secondary Education Act No 92/2008 

Youth act No 70/2007 


Laws and regulations under the auspices of other Ministries

Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, no. 10/2008

Act on Maternity/Paternity Leave and Parental Leave, no. 95/2000

Act on the Affairs of Disabled People, no. 59/1992 

Act on Working Environment, Health and Safety in Workplaces, no. 46/1980

Child Welfare Act, no. 76/2008

General penal Code, no. 19/1940

Excerpts from the General Penal Code, No. 19/1940, with subsequent amendments.

Law on the Educational Testing Institute, no. 168/2000

Law on the rights and duties of state employees, no.70/1996

Law on the Science and Technology Policy Council, no.2/2003

Law on wage contracts for public employees, no. 94/1986

Local Government Act, no. 45/1998

National Curriculum Guide for Compulsory Schools (status of a regulation): 2004

National Curriculum Guide for Pre-primary Schools (status of a regulation): 1999

National Curriculum Guide for Upper Secondary Education (status of a regulation): 1999

Ordinance on the municiplaities´ Specilalist Services in Compulsory Education, no. 584/2010 

The Constitution of the Republic of Iceland (Constitution) no. 33/1944