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'Sautjándinn', Iceland's national holiday, celebrated tomorrow, Friday

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  • Family celebration The 17 of June is the national holiday of Iceland, celebrated all over the country with various family activities and concerts. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

Icelanders celebrate the country’s national holiday on tomorrow, on the 17th of June. The day, called 'Sautjándinn' in Icelandic, is celebrated across the country with parades, concerts, various family activities and a public speech from Fjallkonan (The Lady of the Mountains), the female personification of the island.    

The day commemorates Iceland’s independence from Danish rule and the republic’s foundation. The date was picked to coincide with the birthday of the independence movement’s leader Jón Sigurðsson.

Please note that trading hours may be shortened due to the holiday. Banks and Off Licences are closed tomorrow. 

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