Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Iceland

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of Iceland were established on September 21, 1992.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Iceland with residence in Copenhagen

  • H.E. Gigi Gigiadze  2016 – to date
  • H.E. Nikoloz Rtvelishvili - 2011 - 2016
  • H.E. Davit Kereselidze - 2006-2011

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iceland to Georgia with residence in Reykjavik

  • H.E. Benedikt Ásgeirsson 2008 - to date

During 1999-2006 the embassy of the Republic of Iceland to the Russian Federation covered the diplomatic relations of the Republic of Iceland with Georgia.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iceland to Georgia with residence in Moscow

  • H.E. Benedikt JÓnsson - 2002-2006
  • H.E. Jon Egill Egilsson - 1999-2002

Fields of Cooperation

Bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Iceland and Georgia is not active, however, cooperation is developing dynamically within the framework of international organizations.

In terms of further deepening the economic cooperation, it should be noted that the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement was signed with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), during the official visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili to the Swiss confederation, on 27 June 2016. The Agreement with the EFTA, the Association Agreement and the comprehensive Free Trade Agreement are considered to be the next important step towards the liberalisation of trade-economic relations of Georgia. In the Republic of Iceland Agreement entered into force on September 1, 2017.

On June 6-7, 2016, first high-level visit between Georgia and the Republic of Iceland was held in Georgia. The Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir visited Georgia with the representatives of business circles. At the seminar on Energy, held in the framework of the visit, the representatives from Georgian and Icelandic business companies discussed perspectives of cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

Two Icelandic companies are active in Georgia: “Creditinfo” and “ Landsvirkjun Power and Verkis” – that work on the preparation of the project design and the study of the construction of two hydropowers on the Machaxela River in Adjara and on the River Tergi.

There is a potential for developing trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, in particular, sharing experience in fishery sector and launching Icelandic mackerel export to Georgia.

Sharing Icelandic experience regarding the extraction of geothermal energy could also be considered.


Useful Links

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Iceland