Iceland’s Foreign Minister Attends Mountain Festival


Iceland’s Foreign Minister Attends Mountain Festival

Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinnson at the 2014 Íslendingadagurinn celebrations in Mountain, North Dakota.

Gunnar speaking at the event. Photo: Courtesy of the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson participated in August the Deuce*, an Icelandic celebration in Mountain, North Dakota, in the U.S. on Saturday, representing the Icelandic government. The festival honors the locals’ Icelandic heritage.

Among events at August the Deuce, which was held for the 115th time this year, was a performance by choirs from Árnessýsla county in South Iceland, as stated in a press release from the Foreign Ministry.

Earlier in the day, Gunnar visited sites in Mountain, including the memorial about poet Stephan G. Stephanson and the location of the Thingvalla church, which burnt down during renovation in 2003.

Mountain was founded by Icelandic immigrants in 1879. Around 150 Icelanders traveled there last weekend to participate in the August the Deuce celebrations along with descendants of the Icelandic immigrants.

* The festival was incorrectly referred to as Íslendingadagurinn in the original version of this article. Íslendingadagurinn is celebrated among descendants of Icelandic immigrants in Manitoba, Canada.

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