Relations between Turkey and Iceland

Relations between Turkey and Iceland follow a friendly course on the basis of their NATO membership.
Turkey and Iceland do not have resident diplomatic missions in each other’s capital. Turkish Embassy in Oslo is accredited to Iceland, while the Icelandic Embassy in Copenhagen is accredited to Turkey.

High level contacts and bilateral meetings between the officials of the two countries mostly occur at the margins of international meetings. The last bilateral visit between Turkey and Iceland was on 19-20 April 2000, paid by the Foreign Minister of Iceland, Mr Haldor Asgrimmson to Turkey. After a period of 15 years with no high-level visits of any kind, former Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited Turkey on 12-14 May 2015, to attend the NATO Foreign Minister’s Meeting held in Antalya; during which he also had a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu. Former Foreign Minister Sveinsson visited Turkey again on 20-21 October 2015, for the 12th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification held in Ankara. Furthermore, Former Foreign Minister Lilja Dögg Alfredsdóttir visited Turkey on 23-24 May 2016 on the occasion of World Humanitarian Summit. Most recently, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and Foreign Minister Thordarson met in New York in April 2018 in the margins of the UN meeting on Peace and Security.

Economic and trade relations between Turkey and Iceland also remain modest, due to the lack of direct transport routes and the limited capacity of the market. Turkey’s export to Iceland reached 200 million USD, while Iceland’s export to Turkey was 32 million USD, making the grand total of our bilateral trade volume 232 million USD in 2017.

Approximately 100 Turkish citizens live in Iceland. Iceland has Honorary Consulates General in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Turkey has an Honorary Consulate General in Reykjavik.

In 2017, 2.455 tourists from Iceland visited Turkey.