Island: En småstat på leting etter sin nisje

  • Auður Birna Stefánsdóttir University of Iceland
  • Baldur Thorhallsson University of Iceland
  • Pia Hansson University of Iceland


Increased instability in the North Atlantic region has raised Iceland´s strategic importance again which can be detected in its foreign policy and the current emphasis on the increased importance of the Arctic region. This article explores how Iceland´s foreign policy has evolved from the time of the Cold War until the present day with a specific focus on its relations with its Nordic neighbors. An effort is made to describe Iceland´s current foreign policy and how Iceland has tried to create its niche in the international arena, using its smallness as a strength, rather than a weakness. The main elements presently apparent in Iceland´s foreign policy include skepticism towards EU membership although committed to participation in the EEA and Schengen, increased interest in Nordic cooperation especially relating to security and defense, a growing interest in the Arctic seen as fostering new opportunities for Iceland and finally, a continued commitment towards NATO and the bilateral defense agreement with the US.

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STEFÁNSDÓTTIR, Auður Birna; THORHALLSSON, Baldur; HANSSON, Pia. Island: En småstat på leting etter sin nisje. Internasjonal Politikk, [S.l.], v. 76, n. 4, p. 355-365, dec. 2018. ISSN 1891-1757. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 may 2019. doi:
Island, Norden, utenrikspolitikk, internasjonal politikk, geopolitikk