Republic of Iceland Proclamation Day (17/06)

The national holiday of Iceland - the Day of the Proclamation of the Republic of Iceland (Isl. Þjóðhátíðardagurinn) is celebrated in the country widely and cheerfully.

The history of the struggle for the independence of Iceland is as follows. Having existed since 930 as an independent state, in 1262 Iceland became a colony of Norway, and in 1380 - the possession of Denmark.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the ideas of the French Revolution spread in the countries of the Danish kingdom, and the Icelanders began to seek political freedoms and local self-government. The national liberation movement was led by the statesman Jon Sigurdsson (June 17, 1811 - December 7, 1879), who also advocated the abolition of the Danish trade monopoly.