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  1. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, a Public-service Medium No. 23/2013. (Lög um Ríkisútvarpiđ, fjölmiđil í almannaţágu) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-03-20 | ISL-2013-L-95340

  2. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Freedom of Information Law, No. 140/2012. (Upplýsingalög) - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2012-12-28 | ISL-2012-L-95342

  3. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act on measures to assist individuals, households, and businesses due to extraordinary circumstances in the financial market, No. 107/2009. - Act on-line in English

    Adoption: 2009 | Date of end of application: 2011-12-31 | ISL-2009-L-82802

    Chapter I - General Provisions
    Chapter II - Monitoring of Special Measures
    Chapter III - Amendments to the Act on Smoothing of Mortgage Loans to Individuals, no. 63/1985
    Chapter IV - Amendments to the Housing Act, no. 44/1998
    Chapter V - Entry into force

  4. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on Criminal Procedure, No. 88/2008. - Act on-line in English [excerpts]

    Adoption: 2008 | ISL-2008-L-82808

    Provides for the conducting of criminal investigations and court proceedings.

  5. Iceland - General provisions - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Rules no. 837/2006 on Electronic Surveillance. - Rules on-line in English

    Adoption: 2006-09-19 | ISL-2006-M-82815

    Provides rules for the use of electronic surveillance systems, including in the workplace.

  6. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Execution of Sentences Act, No. 49/2005. - Act on-line in English [as amended]

    Adoption: 2005-05-17 | ISL-2005-L-82807

    Provides for the sentencing of convicted criminals and the sentencing procedure.

  7. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No 26/2004 on European Companies. - Unofficial English translation

    Adoption: 2004-05-17 | ISL-2004-L-82813

    The provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 2157/2001 of 8 October 2001 on the Statute for a European company (SE) shall have the force of law in this country in conformity with protocol I on horizontal adaptations of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, cf. Act No. 2/1993 on the European Economic Area where the protocol is given the force of law. The regulation on European companies, European public limited companies, is printed as enclosure to this Act. In conformity with the regulation on European companies (the European company regulation) this Act stipulates detailed provisions on European companies. Unless otherwise provided these provisions only cover European companies which are registered in Iceland (Article 1).

  8. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act on The Protection of Privacy as regards the Processing of Personal Data, No. 77/2000. - Act on-line in Icelandic Act on-line in English

    Adoption: 2000-05-23 | ISL-2000-L-82814

    Contains provisions protecting private data of persons in Iceland.

  9. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 33/1999 respecting foundations engaging in business operations. - English translation

    Adoption: 1999-03-19 | Date of entry into force: 1999-11-01 | ISL-1999-L-67136

  10. Iceland - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Regulation No. 769 of 1997 on the New Business Venture Fund.

    Adoption: 1997-12-30 | Date of entry into force: 1998-01-01 | ISL-1997-R-53096

    Made under Act No 61 of 1997 on the New Business Venture Fund. Contains detailed provisions regarding financial management, administration and marketing research.

  11. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Patients' Rights Act No 74/1997. (Lög um réttindi sjúklinga, nr. 74/1997) - Legislation on-line in English Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1997-05-28 | Date of entry into force: 1997-07-01 | ISL-1997-L-87694

    The objective of this Act is to ensure specific rights for patients in accordance with general human rights and human dignity and thus strengthen their legal status vis-ŕ-vis the health service, and to support the confidential relationship which must exist between patients and healthcare practitioners.

    It is prohibited to discriminate against patients on grounds of gender, religion, beliefs, nationality, race, skin colour, financial status, family relationship or status in other respect.

  12. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 61 of 1997 on the New Business Venture Fund.

    Adoption: 1997-05-27 | ISL-1997-L-53095

  13. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 60 of 1997 on the establishment of the Icelandic Investment Bank.

    Adoption: 1997-05-26 | Date of entry into force: 1997-05-26 | ISL-1997-L-53094

    Supersedes former Acts regarding loan funds, such as the Industrial Loan Fund and the Industrial Development Fund. The purpose of the Act is to provide for financial service for enterprises.

  14. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 152 of 1996 to amend Act No. 92 of 1994 on the Development Fund for the Fishing Industry.

    Adoption: 1996-12-27 | Date of entry into force: 1997-01-01 | ISL-1996-L-46340

    Amendments concerning financial affairs.

  15. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 156 of 1996 to amend Act No. 113 of 1990 on payroll tax.

    Adoption: 1996-12-27 | Date of entry into force: 1996-12-27 | ISL-1996-L-46341

    Amendments concerning taxation.

  16. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 109 of 1996 to amend Act No. 92 of 1994 on the Development Fund for the Fishing Industry.

    Adoption: 1996-06-19 | Date of entry into force: 1996-06-19 | ISL-1996-L-46619

    Amendments concerning grants to owners of small fishing boats.

  17. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 63 of 1996 to amend Act No. 9 of 1970 on the Industrial Development Fund with amendments.

    Adoption: 1996-06-03 | Date of entry into force: 1996-06-03 | ISL-1996-L-46333

    Amendments concerning financial matters.

  18. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 46 of 1996 to amend Act No. 34 of 1991 on foreign investment within the employment sector with amendments.

    Adoption: 1996-05-22 | Date of entry into force: 1996-05-22 | ISL-1996-L-46342

    Amendments concerning investment within the fishing industry and regarding hydroelectric and geothermal power stations.

  19. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 157 of 1995 to amend Act No. 92 of 1994 on the Development Fund for the Fishing Industry as amended through Act No. 89 of 1995.

    Adoption: 1995-12-31 | Date of entry into force: 1995-12-31 | ISL-1995-L-46331

    Minor amendments.

  20. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 135 of 1995 to amend Act No. 76 of 1987 on the Industrial Loan Fund.

    Adoption: 1995-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 1995-12-22 | ISL-1995-L-46327

    Minor amendments regarding insurance.

  21. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act. No. 141 of 1995 to amend Act No. 113 of 1990 on payroll tax.

    Adoption: 1995-12-19 | Date of entry into force: 1995-12-19 | ISL-1995-L-46328

    Miscellaneous amendments.

  22. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 89 of 1995 to amend Act No. 92 of 1994 on the Development Fund for the Fishing Industry.

    Adoption: 1995-06-21 | Date of entry into force: 1995-06-21 | ISL-1995-L-46325

    Miscellaneous amendments.

  23. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 92 of 1994 on the Development Fund for the Fishing Industry.

    Adoption: 1994-05-24 | Date of entry into force: 1994-05-24 | ISL-1994-L-46319

    Act respecting economic and financial measures within the fishing industry. Repeals Act No. 65 of 1992 on the Rationalization Fund for the Fishing Industry.

  24. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 62 of 1994 on the ratification of the European Human Rights Convention.

    Adoption: 1994-05-19 | Date of entry into force: 1994-05-19 | ISL-1994-L-46303

    The convention and its annexes are adopted as Icelandic law.

  25. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 83 of 1994 on the Ombudsman for Children.

    Adoption: 1994-05-19 | Date of entry into force: 1995-01-01 | ISL-1994-L-46305

    The function of the ombudsman shall be to survey and take the initiative in social matters regarding children.

  26. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 134 of 1993 on industrial tax.

    Adoption: 1993-12-31 | Date of entry into force: 1993-12-31 | ISL-1993-L-46318

    Levies a tax on nearly all industrial enterprises for the purpose of using the revenue to promote the development of industry in general. Repeals Act No. 48 of 1975 with the same title.

  27. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 112 of 1993 on economic measures in virtue of collective agreements.

    Adoption: 1993-11-11 | Date of entry into force: 1993-06-01 | ISL-1993-L-46316

    Permits the reimbursement of payroll tax in certain cases.

  28. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 77 of 1993 on the legal status of employees in the case of new ownership of companies.

    Adoption: 1993-05-18 | Date of entry into force: 1994-01-01 | ISL-1993-L-46615

    The provisions do not apply either in the case of bankruptcy nor regarding vessels. The change of ownership or the merging of companies shall not affect the rights of the employee according to his labour contract.

  29. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 34 of 1991 on foreign investment within the employment sector.

    Adoption: 1991-03-25 | Date of entry into force: 1991-03-25 | ISL-1991-L-46310

    The main restrictions of foreign investment are regarding fishing and fishing industry as well as hydroelectric and geothermal power stations.

  30. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 21 of 1988 to amend Act No. 42 of 1978 on industrial trade.

    Adoption: 1988-04-26 | ISL-1988-L-36751

    Amendment concerning joint-stock companies. Consolidated text.

  31. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 76 of 1987 on the Industrial Loan Fund.

    Adoption: 1987-08-19 | ISL-1987-L-36755

    The aim of the Fund is to increase productivity by granting loans to industrial companies.

  32. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 77 of 1986 to amend Act No. 41 of 1978 on the Technical Institute of Iceland.

    Adoption: 1986-12-31 | ISL-1986-L-36432

    Consolidated text.

  33. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 59 of 1985 to Amend Act No. 9 of 1970 on the Industrial Development Fund.

    Adoption: 1985-06-19 | ISL-1985-L-36428

    Consolidated text.

  34. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 50 of 1985 to amend Act No. 41 of 1968 on commercial trade.

    Adoption: 1985-06-12 | ISL-1985-L-36415

    Consolidated text.

  35. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 64/1985 on the Institute for Regional Development.

    Adoption: 1985 | ISL-1985-L-35600

    Contains some provisions concerning its organisation (board of directors) and functions.

  36. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Extradition of Criminals and Other Assistance in Criminal Proceedings Act, No. 13/1984. - Act on-line in English [as amended to 2008]

    Adoption: 1984-04-17 | ISL-1984-L-82805

    Provides for the conditions and procedures for the extradition of criminals as well as cooperation in criminal cases.

  37. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 49 of 1982 to amend Act No. 100 of 1952 on Icelandic citizenship.

    Adoption: 1982-05-11 | ISL-1982-L-36410

    Consolidated text.

  38. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 43 of 1980 to Amend Act No. 9 of 1970 on the Fund for Industrial Development.

    Adoption: 1980-05-23 | ISL-1980-L-36423

    Consolidated text.

  39. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 118 of 1978 to Amend Act No. 41 of 1978 on the Technological Institute of Iceland.

    Adoption: 1978-12-30 | ISL-1978-L-36431

    Amendments concerning financing. Consolidated text.

  40. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 41 of 1978 on the Technological Institute of Iceland.

    Adoption: 1978-05-18 | ISL-1978-L-36430

    Provides for the establishment of the Institute in order to promote technological development and increased productivity.

  41. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 42 of 1978 on industrial trade. - English translation (as amended up to 2000)

    Adoption: 1978 | ISL-1978-L-36750

    Act respecting permission to operate in industrial trade. (Handicraft is not included.) Provisions regarding granting of certificates for mastercraftmen. Apprentices may only work under the supervision of a mastercraftman.

  42. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Copyright Act of 29 May 1972, as amended up to 2000. - English translation

    Adoption: 1972-05-29 | ISL-1972-L-67137

  43. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 24 of 1974 to permit communities to establish and run companies with limited liability.

    Adoption: 1972-05-20 | ISL-1972-L-36399

  44. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 27 of 1972 to amend Act No. 41 of 1968 on commercial trade.

    Adoption: 1972-05-03 | ISL-1972-L-36396

    Minor amendments. Consolidated text

  45. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 7 of 1970 to amend Act No. 41 of 1968 on commercial trade.

    Adoption: 1970-02-13 | ISL-1970-L-36395

    Minor amendments. Consolidated text.

  46. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 9 of 1970 on the Fund for Industrial Development.

    Adoption: 1970-02-13 | ISL-1970-L-36397

    Act permitting the Government to ratify the Nordic Agreement for the Foundation of a Nordic Industrial Development Fund for Iceland. Entry into force is concurrent with entry into force of the EFTA Convention in Iceland. Appendix: The Convention.

  47. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act No. 41 of 1968 on commercial trade.

    Adoption: 1968-05-02 | ISL-1968-L-36394

    Provisions concerning the establishment of private commercial enterprises.

  48. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Icelandic Nationality [Citizenship] Act No. 100/1952. (Lög um íslenskan ríkisborgararétt nr. 100/1952) - English translation

    Adoption: 1952-12-23 | ISL-1952-L-67134

  49. Iceland - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution [consolidated version]. - Constitution as amended up to 1999 (in English)

    Adoption: 1944-06-17 | ISL-1944-C-36717

    Chapter VII contains provisions concerning human and civil rights, such as freedom of employment, freedom of expression, freedom af assembly and the right to public support. Consolidation of 1995 available in English and Icelandic.

  50. Iceland - General provisions - Law, Act

    Act on the Penal Code, No. 19/1940. - Act on-line in English Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1940-02-12 | ISL-1940-L-36719

    The Penal Code contains several provisions regarding civil servants. A civil servant can be dismissed in cases of illegal activities (art. 68). Chapter XII (art. 106-117) contains provisions on bribery and other offenses against civil servants and chapter XIV (art. 128-141 and art. 230) contains provisions concerning offenses and crimes of civil servants.


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