The East Iceland municipality of Djúpavogshreppur, population 500, recently became the first municipality in Iceland to be granted Cittaslow ‘Slow City’ status.
To achieve ‘Slow City’ status, a city or municipality must “work to improve conviviality and conserve the local environment,” through accepting the guidelines of Slow Food, as stated on Cittaslow’s website.
Head of the local council Gauti Jóhannesson told Fréttablaðið that the community would put strong emphasis on hospitality, courtesy and friendliness.
The municipality plans to hold an ‘Icelandic Days’ festival in autumn where attendants can learn to make slátur, juice, debone meat, pick mushrooms and dry fish.
Environmental conservation steps have also been taken—the area is a bird watcher’s paradise—and a recycling plan has been introduced.
The Cittaslow international network currently counts 176 cities, towns and municipalities in 27 countries as members.
Djúpavogshreppur received a grant from the Iceland Innovation Center for the preparation of the project.