Leit
Loka
Landspitali - The National University HospitalTel. (+354) 543 1000

Landspitali- The National University Hospital of Iceland

Landspitali is the leading hospital in Iceland and the largest workplace for employees in health care. It is funded by the Ministry of Welfare, supervised by the Directorate of Health and provides specialised and general care and has the capacity of approx. 700 beds.

Banner mynd fyrir  Landspitali- The National University Hospital of Iceland

Practical information

Show all
Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland is the leading hospital in Iceland and the largest workplace for employees in health care. It is funded by the Ministry of Welfare, supervised by the Directorate of Health and provides specialised and general care and has the capacity of approx. 700 beds.

The main role of Landspitali is threefold; service to patients, teaching and training of clinical staff and scientific research. The hospital offers diverse clinical services in outpatient clinics, day patient units, inpatient wards, critical care units, clinical laboratories and other divisions.

Its purpose is to supply health service of the highest quality, be competitive in world wide respective and it emphasizes on compassion, progress, safety and professionalism. 

The two main areas are at Hringbraut and at Fossvogur.
The Hringbraut area consists of a large number of buildings which includes the psychiatric, children and women buildings as well as the library/Faculty of Nursing, kitchen, laboratory and office buildings.

The organizational chart of the hospital.
Landspítali Strategy (pdf)
Envirionmental Management at Landspitali University Hospital - summary 2012-2017 (pdf) 
Environmental policy of Landspitali

Maps  

Landspítali Hringbraut - main entrance

Landspítali Fossvogi - main entrance

Contact 

 Invoice. If you have any questions about your invoice please contact billing@landspitali.is or call phone numbers: +354 543 1236 or +354 543 1237

 


In an emergency always call the 112 National Emergency number.
112 is the single emergency number in Iceland, representing all the response parties to accidents, fire, crime, search, rescue and natural disasters on land, at sea, or in the air. Additionally, Iceland‘s child protection officers can be reached through 112.

The emergency dispatchers are on duty around-the-clock, all year around. When you dial 112 they respond at once and immediately send the appropriate assistance.
The role of Emergency Alert 112 is to provide a friendly, efficient and reliable service.
112 can be reached anywhere in Iceland, from any telephone, by voice or by SMS.

    All patients pay for health care in Iceland. Discount for outpatient visits is based on international agreements.

In an emergency always call the 112 National Emergency number.
112 is the single emergency number in Iceland, representing all the response parties to accidents, fire, crime, search, rescue and natural disasters on land, at sea, or in the air. Additionally, Iceland‘s child protection officers can be reached through 112.

The emergency dispatchers are on duty around-the-clock, all year around. When you dial 112 they respond at once and immediately send the appropriate assistance.
The role of Emergency Alert 112 is to provide a friendly, efficient and reliable service.
112 can be reached anywhere in Iceland, from any telephone, by voice or by SMS.

 Health Service in Iceland (Public Services) - island.is 


    All patients pay for health care in Iceland. Discount for outpatient visits is based on international agreements.
 


MEDICAL EMERGENCY CLINIC, SMÁRINN KÓPAVOGUR MAP 

Adults and children: Illness

Opening hours
Weekdays: 5pm - 11:30pm
Weekends: 9am -11:30pm

Phone Consultations

Phone consultations by nurses regarding non urgent health related issues or assistance for where to seek medical advice is available at Læknavaktin (Laeknavaktin) tel: 1770, mon-fri 5pm-8am plus 24hr/day saturday and sunday.  


ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, LANDSPÍTALI, FOSSVOGUR  24hr/day saturday and sunday.  MAP 

Adults: Serious illness and accidents
Children: Accidents

Phone Consultations

Phone consultations by nurses regarding non urgent health related issues or assistance for where to seek medical advice is available at Læknavaktin (Laeknavaktin) tel: 1770, mon-fri 5pm-8am plus 24hr/day saturday and sunday.  


EMERGENCY UNIT, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
DEPARTMENT LANDSPÍTALI, HRINGBRAUT  MAP 

Children: Serious illness 

24hr/day saturday and sunday.  

 

 


Dialysis 

Patients in need of dialysis unit can enquire about dialysis services at dialysis@landspitali.is or in case of an urgent matter call 543 6311. The dialysis unit is located in Landspitali Hringbraut.   MAP

Dental service

Tannlæknavaktin is the dental emergency care in Reykjavik.  The patient services provided is limited to the urgent condition and follow-up care is suggested to be completed at another time.  Appointments are scheduled at a day-by-day basis and availability.
Opening hours: 08:00-22:00
Telephone: 426 8000
Address: Vínlandsleið 16 - Reykjavík

 

Emergency Referral

An emergency admission to our hospital can be arranged by contacting:
Tel. + 354 825 3536 Neonatal emergency
Tel. + 354 543 2020 Emergency room, e-mail to utskriftarteymi@landspitali.is

Daytime Referral

1. To refer a patient or arrange a consultation with a Landspitali physician, contact our Patient flow office: 

  • Tel +354 543 1000  (Monday-Friday 08:00-20:00)
  • Tel. +354 543 1000 (Saturday and Sunday 10:00-20:00)
  • E-mail to utskriftarteymi@landspitali.is
  • Fax +354 543 5316 (Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00)

Once the PFO has received your referral, the information is forwarded to the appropriate specialist. The doctor will review your case and schedule an appointment.

2. Contact our physicians directly (Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00)

Speciality   Name E-mail Daytime telephone
 
Coronary angiografy Ingibjörg Guðmundsdóttir ig@landspital.is 354 824 5400
Radiation therapy Jakob Jóhannsson jakobjoh@landspitali.is 354 825 5145
Vascular surgery  Lilja Þyrí Björnsdóttir liljabjo@landspitali.is 354 825 3592
Gynecology Kristín Jónsdóttir kjonsd@landspitali.is 354 543 3761
Pediatrics Ragnar Bjarnason ragnarb@landspitali.is 354 825 5067
Thorasicsurgery Bjarni Torfason bjarnito@landspitali.is 354 824 5640
Heartmedicine Davíð O. Arnar davidar@landspitali.is  354 824 5704
Ear, nose and throat surgery Arnar Þór Guðjónsson arnarg@landspitali.is 354 825 3584
Neurosurgery Aron Björnsson aronb@landspitali.is 354 824 5577
Urology Eiríkur Jónsson eirikjon@landspitali.is 354 825 5047
General surgery Páll Helgi Möller  pallm@landspitali.is 354 824 5375
Pediatric surgery Þráinn Rósmundsson      thrainn@landspitali.is  354 824 5597 
Oncology  - Medicine Gunnar Bjarni Ragnarsson
gunnarbr@landspitali.is 354 824 5214
Haemodialysis Runólfur Pálsson runolfur@landspitali.is  354 824 5827

 

 

 

 

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) is a partnership between Landspitali (National Hospital of Iceland) and the University of Iceland. Both institutions have extensive research experience, both domestically and internationally, working with collaborators worldwide. The CRC serves as a contact point for international collaboration in clinical research projects.

Services provided by the CRC include counselling related to:

  • Project planning and management
  • Writing or reviewing documents such as patient protocols and information
  • Applications, notifications and approvals related to regulatory requirements (Ethics committee, Icelandic Medicines Agency, etc.)
  • Biostatistics in clinical research
  • Financial and legal issues (Financial services, study agreements, negotiations, etc.)
  • Assistance before, during and after inspections and audits
  • Other administrative tasks
  • GCP training for study staff

 Contact:
Halla S. Arnardóttir, Project Manager
hallarn@landspitali.is
tel: +354 543-5711

We Are Seeking Employees

Show all

Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland – in Reykjavík Iceland, is looking to hire registered nurse for the Abdominal- and Urology Surgical Unit. We offer the right candidate an interesting job with great coworkers. We provide individualized training, as needed, with emphasis on professionalism and career development.

The unit serves patients with diseases in upper and lower part of gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract. Job ratio is negotiable.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Organize and provide nursing treatments
  • Participate in interdisciplinary teamwork 

Skill requirements:

  • Professional ambition and initiative
  • Positive attitude and excellent communication skills
  • License to practice as a registered nurse in a European or other country recognized by The Icelandic Directorate of Health.

Job ratio

50 - 100%

Application deadline:

28.05.2018

For more details contact:

Erla Dögg Ragnarsdóttir - erladogg@landspitali.isTel. 00354 824 5946

Þórdís Wium - thordisw@landspitali.is, Tel. 00354 824 5625

More information about the job:

Wages are according to currently valid collective agreement.
All applicants will be answered. Gender equality policy is taken into account when recruiting at Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland.

The position is available immediately or according to further agreement. We may fill more than one position, depending on the number and level of qualified applicants.  Applicants should submit their application by e-mail to job@landspitali.is – marked as: “Abdomnial- and urology surgical unit”.  Submissions should include a copy of a confirmed diploma transcripts, a confirmation by a previous employer regarding previous work as a registered nurse, a full CV and a list of contacts for references and other relevant information. Hiring decisions will be made based on received documents and one or more interviews with the applicant.

Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland – is a vibrant and diverse workplace where over 5,500 people work in interdisciplinary teams and collaboration among various different health care professions. The mission of the hospital is to be a recognised university hospital where patient welfare and safety is always a priority. The hospitals' current strategy focus areas are safety awareness, effective quality service, human resource development and continuous improvement.

Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland – in Reykjavík Iceland, is looking to hire registered nurse for the Neurosurgical and Othohpedic Unit. The unit employs  a powerful group of workforce working in interdisciplinary teams that serve patients who have undergone surgeries on brain, spinal cord and nerves as well as providing services for patients with musculoskeletal problems and post-joint surgery.

We provide individualized training, as needed, with emphasis on professionalism and career development.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Organize and provide nursing treatments
  • Participate in interdisciplinary teamwork 

Skill requirements:

  • Professional ambition and initiative
  • Positive attitude and excellent communication skills
  • License to practice as a registered nurse in a European or other country recognized by The Icelandic Directorate of Health.

Job ratio

50 - 100%

Application deadline:

28.05.2018

For more details contact:

Dröfn Ágústsdóttir - drofna@landspitali.isTel. 00354 824 5946

Þórdís Wium - thordisw@landspitali.is, Tel. 00354 824 5625

 

More information about the job:

Wages are according to currently valid collective agreement.
All applicants will be answered. Gender equality policy is taken into account when recruiting at Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland.

The position is available immediately or according to further agreement. We may fill more than one position, depending on the number and level of qualified applicants.  Applicants should submit their application by e-mail to job@landspitali.is – marked as: “Neurosurgical and Orthopedic unit”.  Submissions should include a copy of a confirmed diploma transcripts, a confirmation by a previous employer regarding previous work as a registered nurse, a full CV and a list of contacts for references and other relevant information. Hiring decisions will be made based on received documents and one or more interviews with the applicant.

Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland – is a vibrant and diverse workplace where over 5,500 people work in interdisciplinary teams and collaboration among various different health care professions. The mission of the hospital is to be a recognised university hospital where patient welfare and safety is always a priority. The hospitals' current strategy focus areas are safety awareness, effective quality service, human resource development and continuous improvement.

Landspitali, The National University Hospital of Iceland, is seeking for a Respiratory physician, to join our team. This is a full time position with focus on clinical responsibilities. The successful applicant will care for ambulatory patients and inpatients.  Depending on training the applicant will participate in various specialized tasks including advanced bronchoscopies, exercise testing, lung cancer clinic, difficult asthma clinic, interstitial lung disease clinic, lung transplantation clinic and pulmonary hypertension clinic.

Landspitali is an academic hospital and teaching medical students and trainees is an important part of daily routine.  Research opportunities are available and encouraged.

Landspitali is the only University Hospital and tertiary care center in Iceland and we strive to provide excellent patient care, education and innovative research.

Qualifications 

Applicants must have basic medical qualifications and specialty medical training within the field specified above. The EU Directive 2005/36/EC is the legislation regulating the mutual recognition of professional qualifications by member states of the EEA/EU. For applicants outside the European Union, medical qualifications and licenses to practice are individually assessed for compatibility by the Icelandic Directorate of Health. Applicants must speak fluent English and willing to learn Icelandic.

Applicants should submit their application by e-mail to job@landspitali.is. Submissions should include confirmed diploma transcripts, a confirmation by a previous employer regarding previous work as a specialist, a full CV and a list of contacts for references and other relevant information. We will review applications as they arrive. 

The position is available immediately, but starting date is negotiable. We may fill more than one position, depending on the number and level of qualified applicants. 

Informal communication and discussions are encouraged, and interested candidates should contact:  Sif Hansdóttir, Head of Respiratory Medicine via e-mail:  sifhan@landspitali.is and/or Sigurbjörg Magnúsdóttir HR specialist via e-mail: sigurmag@landspitali.is for further information. Application deadline is June 1st and applicants should submit their application by email to: job@landspitali.is

The hospital offers a competitive salary and numerous collectively negotiated benefits, including training and development support, including international travel and Per Diem. Relocation assistance is offered, including housing assistance and assistance with adjustment to Icelandic society. The hospital is engaged in a lean management program with emphasis on patient service, staff and patient safety, as well as staff development and continuous improvement. 

Iceland is a highly developed society, with high life expectancy, education and income levels. The country ranks 16th in the United Nations Development Program Human Development Index (HDI) released in 2015 and 4th in the Social Progress Index of the Social Progress Imperative (2015). Reykjavik is a vibrant city with a diverse population of about 200.000 people. 

Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland – is a vibrant and diverse workplace where over 5,500 people work in interdisciplinary teams and collaboration among various different health care professions. The mission of the hospital is to be a recognised university hospital where patient welfare and safety is always a priority. The hospitals' current strategy focus areas are safety awareness, effective quality service, human resource development and continuous improvement.

Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland – in Reykjavík Iceland, is looking to hire registered nurse for the Intensive Care Unit. We offer the right candidate an interesting job with great coworkers. We provide individualized training, as needed, with emphasis on professionalism and career development. The unit serves patients that are in need of intensive care due to multiple reasons. The Intensive Care Unit provides general intensive care treatments as well as very specific treatments for patients with multiple trauma after serious accients, head injuries, burn patients and individuals with serious vascular diseases.

Landspitali University Hospital runs two ICU‘s, were 130 nurses work in diverse and challenging projects, in close cooperation with professionals in other specialties.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Organize and provide nursing treatment in consultation with relatives
  • Responsibility for nursing treatment, according to the job description

Skill requirements:

  • Excellent communication skills and independency
  • The ability to work in teams
  • Professional ambition and interest of ICU nursins
  • License to practice as a registered nurse in a European or other country recognized by The Icelandic Directorate of Health.

Job ratio

80 - 100%

Application deadline:

28.05.2018

For more details contact:

Kristín Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir - krisgunn@landspitali.is  Tel. 00354 824 5986

Þórgunnur Hjalta´dóttir - thorghjal@landspitali.is  Tel. 00354 824 5136

More information about the job:

Wages are paid according to a collective agreement between the Icelandic Nurse's Association and the Icelandic government. All applicants will be answered. Gender equality policy is taken into account when recruiting at Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland.

The position is available immediately or according to further agreement. We may fill more than one position, depending on the number and level of qualified applicants.  Applicants should submit their application by e-mail to job@landspitali.is  – marked as: "Intensive Care Unit".  Submissions should include a copy of a confirmed diploma transcripts, a confirmation by a previous employer regarding previous work as a registered nurse, a full CV and a list of contacts for references and other relevant information. Hiring decisions will be made based on received documents and one or more interviews with the applicant.

Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland – is a vibrant and diverse workplace where over 5,500 people work in interdisciplinary teams and collaboration among various different health care professions. The mission of the hospital is to be a recognized university hospital where patient welfare and safety is always a priority. The hospitals' current strategy focus areas are safety awareness, effective quality service, human resource development and continuous improvement.

Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland - in Reykjavík Iceland, is looking to hire a professional and ambitious nurse that is specialized in anesthetic nursing at the Anesthesia Unit. The job is mostly daytime work combined with shifts when training is completed. We provide individualized training, as needed, with emphasis on professionalism and career development.

At the Anesthesia department, 35 anesthesia nurses work in diverse and challenging projects, in close cooperation with professionals in other specialties.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Work at the Anesthesia Unit and at the Women Clinic during anesthesia of patients in surgery
  • Pre operative preparation and interviews, post-operative pain monitoring and other specialized projects at various departments of the hospital
  • Organize and provide nursing treatment in consultaion with the patient
  • Responsibility for nursing treatment, according to the job description

Skill requirements:

  • Professional ambition and initiative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Special education in anesthetic nursins
  • License to practice as a registered nurse in a European or other country recognized by The Icelandic Directorate of Health.

Job ratio

80 - 100%

Application deadline:

28.05.2018

For more details contact:

Margrét Pálsdóttir - margretp@landspitali.is  Tel. 00354 824 5226

Þórgunnur Hjaltadóttir - torghjal@landspitali.is  Tel. 00354 824 5136

More information about the job:

Wages are paid according to a collective agreement between the Icelandic Nurse's Association and the Icelandic governement. All applicants will be answered. Gender equality policy is taken into account when recruiting at Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland.

The position is available immediately or according to further agreement. We may fill more than one position, depending on the number and level of qualified applicants.  Applicants should submit their application by e-mail to job@landspitali.is  – marked as: “ Anesthetic nursing ”.  Submissions should include a copy of a confirmed diploma transcripts, a confirmation by a previous employer regarding previous work as a registered nurse, a full CV and a list of contacts for references and other relevant information. Hiring decisions will be made based on received documents and one or more interviews with the applicant.

Landspítali – The University Hospital of Iceland – is a vibrant and diverse workplace where over 5,500 people work in interdisciplinary teams and collaboration among various different health care professions. The mission of the hospital is to be a recognised university hospital where patient welfare and safety is always a priority. The hospitals' current strategy focus areas are safety awareness, effective quality service, human recourse development and continuous improvement.

International employees and students

Show all

This part of the site presents issues specific for health care professionals.

Nurses are the most numerous group of employees adding up to about 25% of all employees and 40% of health care professionals.

The second and third largest groups of health care professionals are medical doctors and nurse associates each group adding up to about 20% of health care professionals. Nurses are also the largest group of foreign professionals.

On the website of the Parliament you find the law for the licencing of health care professions including the EEA directive 2005/36/EC replacing numerous former ones and the new Icelandic directive 461/2011 for EEA citizens.

All health care professionals that wish to work in Iceland must be registration / licenced in Iceland. 

A national registration is under no circumstances accepted solely. This applies also to Nordic citizens/ Nordic registrations.  

Application and information is at the Directorate of Health (Landlæknir). Detailed information for nurses are here on the Landspitali website. In general the same rule applies to other professions.

 

Research

The Regulation for Scientific Research in the Health care Sector is adminstrated by the Ministry of Welfare. At the ministry website you find all law and regulations that regard scientific research and people.

On the Scientific site of Landspitali you find the Landspitali research committee, strategy and research grants.

Research at Landspitali is subject to authorisation by one of the hospital committees.

Applications for research concernig patients are made to the Scientific Ethical Committee.

Applications for research concerning staff are made to the Public Administratin Committee (email: karolins@landspitali.is.)

For further information please contact the Division of Research, Education and Innovation.

The University of Iceland, Faculty of Nursing and Landspitali jointly operate and Institution for Nursing Research.  

The Research Centre within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iceland has four institutes / centres. Links to research grants are provided on the site.

 

 

Registered Nurses of foreign origin are the largest group of foreign employees at Landspitali.

This part of the website presents issues that are specific for foreign nurses but nurses need to consult the general pages as well. 

Registration

There is different legislation regarding the registration of foreign nurses in Iceland depending on whether the nurse has received his/her nursing education and original licence/registration in a state that is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or not. On the website of the Parliament (Althingi) you find Law on Nursing. There you also find the law for other health care professions such as Nurse Associates, the regulation for a Specialist Licence in Nursing and the EEA agreement (all in Icelandic only).

EEA members

Nurses who received their nursing education and original licence/registration in a state that is a member of the EEA, can apply for recognition of their license in Iceland. Knowledge of Icelandic is not required but this will probably change in 2010 with a new legislation for health care professionals. The EEA agreement for health care professions is at the website of the Parliament (in Icelandic). Applications are made to the Directorate of Health and they require the following documents. To ensure that this information is updated, you are adviced to contact them.

1. A certified proof of your citizenship in an EEA country. A certified photocopy of your passport is sufficient.
2. A statement from the competent authorities in your home country that your training for basic qualifications complies with the training standards laid down in directive 77/452/EBE Article 3, and directive 77/453/EBE Art.1.
3. A certified copy of your diploma showing that you are registered as a nurse in your home country.
4. A certificate of good standing of your licence with the competent authority in the Member State of origin or last residence. This certificate must not be older than three months to ensure its up-to-date validity.

Non-EEA members

The procedure is more complicated. The Nursing Council of Iceland (on behalf of the Directorate of Health) evaluates the educational background (based on the EEA standards). This commonly takes a few months and does not necessary lead to a licence to practice nursing (RN) in Iceland. Even though the length of the nursing studies is not the sole influencing factor, the minimum of a 36 months nursing program is required. A license is also not granted until a certain level of fluency in Icelandic can be verified. They require the following documents. To ensure that this information is updated, you are adviced to contact them.

1. Certified true copy of your permanent address. A certified true copy of your passport is sufficient.
2. Certified true copy of your nursing licence. The certificate must not be older than 3 months to ensure its up-to-date validity.
3. Certified true copy of your diploma or nursing degree.
4. Certified true copy of details of the nursing studies programme: an outline of the curriculum, the length of the program, a description of the courses with the number of lectures, discussions and clinical work.
5. Certificate of your fluency in Icelandic.

For both groups

All these documents must be "certified true copies" by the respective authorities - photocopies of documents are not accepted. Furthermore, these documents should be written in English or a Nordic language and any translations should be certified by a governmental authority or an official translator. An application form in English is not available. 

Please send your application and documents to:
Landlaeknisembættid (Umsokn um hjukrunarleyfi), Barónsstíg 47, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland.

Please address all further inquiries directly to The Directorate of Health. 

Contact:
email: mottaka@landlaeknir.is, phone 354-5101900, fax 354-5101919.

When you have receieved green light from the Directorate, you are welcome to apply for a nurse's post at Landspitali. You may also contact us previously for information regarding possible employment.

Regulations regarding residence and work permits you find on the "Daily life" site, section "Employment".

Workforce

The Chief Nursing Executive is a member of the Executive Board (Framkvæmdastjórn) of the hospital. She is the professional leader of nursing at the hospital. Each of the six clinical divisions (svið) has a director (Framkvæmdastjóri) jointly for all services and professions. Each division is divided into several wards (deild) each managed by a Manager of Nursing (deildarstjóri) in regard to nursing matters.

After basic nursing education, a BSc degree, all nurses (hjúkrunarfræðingur) can register to become Registered Nurses (RN) (hjúkrunarleyfi).

They work with and supervise Nurse Associates (sjúkraliði). In some divisions, people without certified health care education is hired and work under the supervision of nurses. Nurses are also members of various interdisciplinary teams and employed in non-clinical sectors. We have Nurse Specialists (sérfræðingar í hjúkrun) in all clinical divisions as well as Nurse Academic Manager for various areas of practice.

The hospital is the main teaching institution for nurse graduates and postgraduate students. The University of Iceland, Faculty of Nursing and Landspitali jointly operate an Institution for Nursing Research that is based at the Faculty of Nursing in the hospital Landspitali Hringbraut area.

We have a  Nursing Council (Hjúkrunarráð) at the hospital that is independent from the administration and acts as an advisory and support body to the board.  It also runs weekly professional lectures and organizes a yearly Week of Nursing in May.

Induction

The integration program is adjusted to individual needs. The following are the main components of the program: 

  • Training in the respective clinical ward with a preceptor for the time necessary
  • Assistance in finding courses in Icelandic and possibly a financial support for attending courses
  • This website in English
  • Welcome introductory file with general practical and professional information (not unit-specific) in English
  • Short integration courses on professional issues according to demand
  • Continuous support from the liaison nurse for foreign nurses, Hildur Magnúsdóttir.

Information material in English - Induction to work at Landspitali, issues specific for nurses:

Issues that apply to all new foreign employees are introduced at "International employees", nurses are expected to read that material as well.  

The material focuses on professional health care issues and Landspitali. Information regarding living in Iceland is best retrieved from island.is directly or via our site "Daily life."     

Job development

The Clinical Advancement (and salary) System- Starfsfþróun -  for nurses at the hospital is based on the theory of Patricia Benner (1984)* of nurses' professional advancement. Information about the system is only available at our inner website and in Icelandic.

The salaries nurses receive are not based on the number of years a nurse has worked at the hospital. A part of it depends on education but for the main part it requires the nurse to apply for a raise in accordance with her/his professional advancement. The application is made to the nurse manager. Newly employed nurse can apply after 6 months. After that performance is valuatied yearly in a formal interview and advancement is made to the next level and with levels according to the results. Raise in salaries can follow but it is not expected to happen every year. An article explaining the system was published 2007 in the Journal of Icelandic Nurses (83-5,18-22). The system has changes a bit since but it still rests on the same assumptions.

The system consists of four sections:
I Clinical nursing
II Co-operation and team work
III Administration and Project management
IV Research and Development projects

As a result of the evaluation each nurse is assigned a Job Description (Starfslýsing). The theory of Patricia Benner is used as the framework for the job descriptions. They are described and divided into increasing competence, responsibility and scope of work. The job descriptions are:   

  • Nurse A is a beginner.
  • Nurse B is an advanced beginner.
  • Nurse C is competent.
  • Nurse D-k is proficient. Emphasis on clinical work.
  • Nurse D-s is proficient. Emphasis on administration.
  • Nurse E is an expert in a specific area of practice and normally has an MSc degree in nursing.

The Job Develoment Scheme (Starfsþróunarbók) is only in Icelandic. They are four; A, B, C and D). The first 10 pages of each scheme are identical and describe the foundation of the system.

* Benner, P. (1984). From novice to expert.Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice.California: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

Experiences

A phenomenological study on the experiences of foreign nurses working in hospitals in Iceland was conducted 2003 by Hildur Magnusdottir. 

Eleven foreign nurses from seven countries and three continents were interviewed.  More than half of the nurses worked at Landspitali.

The study was published and is available in the International Nursing Review 52: 253-269, 275 (2005) (English) and in the Journal of Icelandic Nurses 83:1, 32-36 (2007) (Icelandic).

History

A few useful articles related to the history of nursing in Iceland have been published.  An article about the history of nursing in Iceland, "The construction of a profession: a study of the history of nursing in Iceland, was published in the Nursing Inquiry, 3:1, 13-22 (1996) by Kristin Bjornsdottir. 

Kristin also published the article "Religon, modernity and foreign nurses in Iceland 1896-1930"in Iceland in Nursing Inquiry, 11:3, 166-175 (2004).

Thorbjorg Arnadottir wrote the article "Nursing in Iceland"  in The American Journal of Nursing, 50; 24, 221-222 (1950) and Thordur Kristinsson presented a lecture at a conference in Iceland 2004 called "Fields of masculinity: Icelandic men in nursing."  Then Matthias Halldorsson and Vaida Bankauskaita have published an extensive paper as a part of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2003) named "Health care systems in transition" that includes a historical section.

INA

The Icelandic Nurses' Association (INA) is a professional organisation and labour union for all nurses in Iceland and and the only one of its kind in Iceland.

All individuals who are authorised to practice nursing in Iceland can apply for memebership.  At the same time these individuals receive salaries in accordance with collective agreements made on their behalf by the association and pay membership fees to the association which are based on their standard salaries.

Please note that one needs to apply formally for membership, it does not occur automatically.  Furthermore, receiving salaries according to the INA collective agreement (as stated on the payslip /salary statement) does not include membership. 

Nurses with a registration from a country outside the European Econmomic Area (EEA) and have received a positive evaluation by the Nursing Council / Directorate of Health but await sufficient fluency in Icelandic in order to be authorised to practice nursing in Iceland, can apply for temporary membership and are strongly advised to do so.  Application form is available on the website of the INA and is to be accompanied by the Icelandic nursing licence / evaluation of the Nursing Council.

INA has English pages with a lot of useful information for example the rules for the various support funds open to members.

The association publishes a journal (tímarit).

The Nurse Associates and Midwives have their own associations but they do not have English pages.

At Landspitali we have international employees from from 31 countries.

Our international employees work in all division and in a wide variety of jobs. Around 40% are professionals, mostly health care professionals and most of those are Nurses and Nurse Associates.

Around 65% of our employees with a foreign nationality are from Europe. 33% come from Poland, 11% from the Filippines.

Very few come from Africa and the Americas.

This website is intended for our newly recruited international employees to assist them as they integrate into their new job and society.
 
It provides general information about the hospital and basic information about living and working in Iceland. 

Application

Job vacancies are advertised in the section"Laus storf" on the hospital webpage.

The application system is in Icelandic only but for international applicants please send your application with relevant information at the email: job@landspitali.is and put in subject what job your are applying for. 

Applicants are preferred but not required to speak and understand Icelandic.

Adivde-Assistance

Foreign employees are invited to contact Human Resources, Eiriksgata 5, Hringbraut area. phone 543 1330.

Employee association

At the hospital there is a very acitve Employees' Association (Starfsmannafélag) that organises various events, trips in the summer, sporting and gymnastics.

They also own summer houses in various places in Iceland. Their services is either free of charge or moderately charged.

Events are advertised at the front page of the hospital inner website.

If you become a full member by paying additional monthly charges, you will enjoy more services, special offers and better prices for the summer houses.

At the front page of the hospital inner website, events are advertised. 

You find the association (in Icelandic only) at the internal website of the Human Resources. Gréta Sigurðardóttir is the contact person for information and bookings (for example trips and summer houses): email: greta@landspitali.is, phone 5431355. 

She is located at Eiriksgata 5, Hringbraut area,1st floor.

Salary

You will "receive" your payslip (launaseðill) into your private section of the "Oracle / Vinnustund" electronic human resource system that you can access from all hospital computers through your personal code number.

It is also availble through electronic bank accounts. It is only in Icelandic but a translation and explanation how to read it has been made by the Icelandic Nurses´ Association. 

As it was done for nurses it focuses on issues important to their wage agreement but most aspects are shared by all employees and labour unions. It is worth it to have a look at the document; "How to read the salary statement"

Job development

Information about courses / workshops / seminars held at the hospital is in various places.

A lot of it you find through the hospital Syllabus (Námskrá) that you can access through a large icon on the hospital inner website. Registration is at the same place.

An approval of your manager is needed if the course is during working hours. A lot of these courses are also advertised on the front page a few days/a week before they take place ("Viðburðir").

There you will find the weekly sessions of the Nursing and the Medical Councils advertised.

The sessions are in Icelandic and as such are a good forum to meet colleagues and practice your Icelandic.

Regular training programmes in both clinical and support divisions that target issues specifically relevant for the respective division are usually not advertised as they are only for that unit. Guest speakers are advertised on the hospital website "Fréttir" (news).

Continuing education in English outside the hospital
We advise you to explore the English pages of the University of Iceland  as well as their Institution for Continuing Education, and the websites of the University of Reykjavík, Unviversity of Akureyri and University of Bifröst. 

These universities run health care programms on graduate and post graduate levels where some of the courses are taught in English as well as having foreign guest speakers. 

The Faculty of Nursing is located on the premises of Landspitali Hringbraut area in the same building as the Landspitali library. In addition, some of the labour unions have courses so checking their websites from time to time could be a good idea.

Library

Landspitali library is located at the Eirberg building in the Hringbraut central area. Eirberg also houses the University of Iceland, Faculty of Nursing. Email: bokasafn@landspitali.is, phone 5431450. A part of the library website is in English.

The electronic databases (Gagnasafn) and electronic journals (rafræn tímarit) are accessible from all computers at the hospital.

The library website is not in English but once you have entered the databases you are in an English speaking environment.

The hospital has access to a large number of full text academic articles in electronic journals. Hard copies of some journals are also available at the library. In the list of databases you also find gateways to clinical guidelines, evidence based and best practice resources. It is also useful to search the database Hvar.is  that is a database with free of charge full text material and is accessible from all computers in Iceland but the hospital databases are only accessble from the hospital.

Courses

The are courses in the use of the databases advertised at the hospital website. English speaking courses are organised on demand only: please contact the library.

The staff is very helpful and will teach you how to use the library on a one/one basis. It might be a good idea to arrange a guided tour - perhaps you can collect a few colleagues and contact the library for an appointment?

Gegnir

The joint electronic library database (books and Icelandic journals, dissertations) for the main libraries in Iceland is Gegnir.

 

The initial step in securing employment with our hospital consists of submitting your CV (either by e-mail or via our employment website) and having it reviewed by the relevant hiring manager.

Usually this is followed with a Skype interview, and possibly with an invited visit to Iceland. If the hiring manager wishes to take the issue further, a human resource specialist comes in and helps with practical issues, some of which are detailed below.

 

Icelandic recognition of your speciality licence

Your licence to work within your speciality needs to be recognised by the Directorate of Health, before you can start working in Iceland. The following documents are required with the application:
  1.  A certified proof of your citizenship. A certified photocopy of the first pages of your passport is sufficient.
  2. A statement from the competent authorities in your home country that your XX training complies with the training standards laid down in directive 77/452/EBE Article 3, and directive 77/453/EBE Article 1 (ref: EEA legislation).
  3. A certified copy of a your diploma and a document that states that you are registered as a radiographer in your home country.
  4. A certificate of good standing of this licence with the competent authority in the member state of origin or last residence. This certificate must not be older than three months to ensure its up-to-date validity. 

These documents must be original or "certified true copies” by the respective authorities - photocopies of documents are not accepted.

They should be written/translated by certified by a governmental authority or an official translator.

Please send these documents to the Icelandic Directorate of Health, addressed as follows: Landlæknir, Barónstígur 47, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland or via email mottaka@landlaeknir.is 

Please send them the application form that you will find at: www.landlaeknir.is under “umsókn um starfsleyfi” (application of job licence) and then choose then your speciality. The Directorate of Health charges for the recongition of your job licence.

 

Documents required before a contract for employment at Landspitali is signed

The following documents must be received at Landspítali before an employment contract can be signed.

  1.  A Curriculum Vitae (e-mail attachment suffices) with personal information, language and computer skills, working and educational career and further education since graduation. In your Curriculum Vitae you must state your speciality very clearly. Please be as specific as possible because the units here are quite specialised.
  2.  Accommodation needs: We need clear information as to your needs regarding accommodation, and whether or not you require assistance with obtaining accommodation. 
  3.  Information about 1-2 former or current employer(s) we can contact, with full names, titles and phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Please give us access to your direct supervisor(s) if possible, rather than HR department. 
  4.  A statement (e-mail) of your ability to be effectively integrated into work using English as the language of communication (please specify: verbal, writing and reading). 
  5.  A statement (e-mail) specifying that you realise that Icelandic is the working language in Ieland and that you are committed to learn Icelandic as rapidly as possible, including funding it yourself if you require more help than the hospital can supply.
  6.  A photocopy (mail) of the papers you sent to the ministry when applying for the licence.
  7. 1 month before your eventual estimated time of arrival in Iceland I need to receive a certificate that you have tested MRSA negative. The test will be repeated in Iceland on arrival but we need to know your status at this point.

 

Language in Iceland

Icelandic resembles Norwegian, Danish and Swedish but the grammar is somewhat more complicated. 

Internal documents regarding the profession, staff guidelines and instructions for navigating the hospital are written in Icelandic and verbal communication is normally conducted in Icelandic, so knowledge of the language is very important. 

The main alternative language for the initial period would be English, and most Icelanders are quite proficient in English (both staff and patients). 

Nevertheless, we recommend that you start learning Icelandic before you come to Iceland.  You can study Icelandic from other countries in various ways.

Firstly, there are two websites with free online courses: The “Icelandic Online” course given by the University of Iceland at www.icelandic.hi.is and Bragi course at www2.hu-berlin.de/bragi

 

Possible employment terms

The following is information about common terms of employment.
  • The normal work week in Iceland is 40 hours. 
  • Monthly salaries are based on collective bargaining contracts, and they depend on your expertise, education and age. There are extra payments for shifts (varying based on your profession). All overtime is generally paid extra, but with upper limits. Vacation for one year of employment is at least 24 weekdays (4 weeks and 4 days) and depending on your collective bargaining contract, you may be entitled to winter holiday if you work shifts. 
  • Accommodation assistance is offered, but terms vary based on availability and job category. 
  • Orientation courses (in English) are offered to new international employees.
  • Working clothes are provided free of charge at the hospital.
  • Staff canteens are subsidized by the hospital.
  • Psychological support sessions can be offered upon request depending on availability.
  • The hospital offers support with various logistical issues such as finding rental housing, child care or schooling for children, figuring out the best way to commute to work and in general finding your way around necessary institutions in Iceland. We also offer guidance regarding spousal employment, although we naturally cannot guarantee this. 

 

Living and working in Iceland

Citizens of the European Union or European Economic Area countries do not need special work- or residence permits but they need to register with Registers Iceland.

Those who have enjoyed social security coverage in a country within the EU/EEA for the past 6 months and move their legal domicile to Iceland are covered for non-emergency health care by the Icelandic health insurance system.

But there is a need to fill in a form there for insurance registration in Iceland. A citizen is allowed to stay and work for 3-6 months without moving their domicile to Iceland. EU/EEA citizen are insured in the country where you work. Further information about this you find at www.tr.is, www.skra.is and if your are from the Nordic countries www.hallonorden.org or you can call the HalloNorden office in your home country.

Citizens outside the European Union or European Economic Area need a special work- and residence permit and have to register with Directorate of immigration Iceland within 7 days of arrival.

The Directorate then notifies Registers Iceland of the issue of a residence permit and the person is thereafter registered in the population registry. A foreigner that plans to stay in Iceland for longer than 3 months need a valid residence permit. 

Income tax in Iceland is vary from 37,13% to 46,25%, pension fund payments are 4% and additionally most employees belong to a labor union and pay fees there.

Vacation is 2 days for each month of employment. According to the labour law, both the hospital and the employee are ensured the right to terminate the contract with 1-3 months notice, but this is specified in the contract of employment. 

Everyone who has been legally resident in Iceland for six months automatically becomes a member of the Icelandic social insurance system, regardless of nationality.

This applies unless intergovernmental treaties say otherwise.

Those who have not been resident in Iceland for six months and are not covered by the EEA regulations can obtain medical assistance but must, of course, pay in full.

They can then seek reimbursement from their own insurance in their country of origin or from their private insurance, according to rules and regulations applicable in their insurance country. But occupational injury insurance covers employed persons working in Iceland.

 

Further information

For further information regarding life in Iceland and Icelandic, please visit the hospital homepage for international candidates and employees:http://www.landspitali.is ("English”) and study the information given directly there or through external links.

The websites of the Intercultural Centre is www.asetur.is and Iceland on the web www.visitreykjavik.is provide excellent information about life and work in Reykjavik and Iceland.

The former one particularly focuses on information for immigrants.  The website of the Directorate of Labour, www.vinnumalastofnun.is, contains the law and regulations regarding employment and residency of foreign citizens. 

The part “Living and working in Iceland” gives an overview for EEA residents. Nordic citizens are advised to visit the website of the Mobility Information Service of the Nordic Region on http://www.hallonorden.org

The website of The Directorate of Immigration is www.utl.is.  The main features of the wage agreement of the The Icelandic Society of Radiographers can be found in English on their website (www.fg.sgl.is).

For more information please contact:

Sigurbjörg Magnúsdóttir, Project Manager, Division of Human Resources

University hospital Reykjavik, Iceland.  Mailing address:

  • Landspitali
  • Division of Human Resources
  • Eiríksgata 5
  • 101 Reykjavik
  • Iceland

Phone: 354-543-1387, Email: sigurmag@landspitali.is

 

Exchange Programmes

Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland is the leading hospital in Iceland and the largest workplace for employees in health care. It is funded by the Ministry of Welfare, provides specialised and general care and has the capacity of approx. 700 beds.

Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland has very limited student positions. Students are therefore encouraged to apply through exchange programmes, such as ERASMUS and NORDPLUS or other programmes.

Students who want to come as exchange stundents during the summer (June through August) for 4 weeks or less, are encouraged to apply via IMSIC (Icelandic Medical Student International Commitee).

Please see IMFSA  og IMSIC. No formal teaching takes place during the summer months.

Icelandic students do neither get paid salaries nor benefits from the university or the hospital during their clinical placements and neither do foreign students. The hospital does not have living quarters for staff or students - students need to find and pay themselves for a place to live.

Please contact the International Office at the University of Iceland, for further information about these or other programmes.

The contact details are:

University of Iceland
International Office
University Centre
101 Reykjavik
Iceland
Tel: +354 525 4311 

Email: ask@hi.is  
Website: english.hi.is/international_office

 

Clinical Training at Landspitali

Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland has very limited student positions. Students are therefore encouraged to apply through exchange programmes, such as ERASMUS and NORDPLUS or other programmes.

Student's who still want to apply for clinical training please read this carefully: 

Student’s who want to apply for clinical training need to provide the following information IN ONE E-MAIL.

  • Application form:  Please see the form here >>.   Please NOTE: "Please use Adobe Acrobat, but not Apple Preview, when you fill out the form. We have problems reading it, when it has been filled out in Apple Preview. Download Adobe Acrobat Readar. You may also prefer to take a screen-shot of the form or scan it in. That should not cause any problems from our side."
  • Your CV with information about your working and educational career 
  • A certificate from your school that you are a student, in which semester you are and how many semesters your programme is.
  • A list of courses that you have already completed, as well as list of courses that you will have completed by the time you arrive. 
  • Two references from senior members of staff, who know you preferably from clinical work or as a health care student.
  • A passport photo or similar photograph

Please send this information in one e-mail to one of the following:

 

Health certificates - IMPORTANT

Students need to provide the following health certificates before arrival and show them to the ward manager on the first day of their clinical practice.
! Note that without these certificates students are not allowed to participate in the clinical practice at Landspitali.

  • MRSA test certificate: A recent (not more than approx. 7 days old) negative MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) screening test, from samples taken from nostrils, throat or rashes (if present).
  • Tuberculosis status certificate: Proof of the tuberculosis status; a recent (less than one year old) negative Mantoux (PPD) test or a report of negative chest X-ray. If the Mantoux test is positive, bring a report of negative chest X-ray and a confirmation of non-infectious status.
  • Immunization certificates: Certification of immunization against Diphteria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measels (Morbilli), Rubella and Mumps (Parotitis epidemica).
  • Hepatitis B immunization certificate: Students doing clinical rotations (or working with human blood/tissue) need to be immunized against Hepatitis B (with completion of minimum two of the three basic immunizations, meaning that the vaccination must have started at least one month before departure).

 

 

About Landspitali

Landspitali University Hospital (hereinafter Landspitali) is the leading hospital in Iceland as well as the largest, with around 700 beds. It is the largest workplace for health care employees.
The main role of Landspitali is threefold; service to patients, teaching and training of clinical staff and scientific research. The hospital offers diverse clinical services in outpatient clinics, day patient units, inpatient wards, critical care units, clinical laboratories and other divisions.

Its purpose is to supply health service of the highest quality, be competitive in world wide respective and it emphasizes on compassion, progress, safety and professionalism.
Landspitali is supervised by the Directorate of Health and both the hospital and the directorate report to the Ministry of Welfare.

The hospital offers a general evaluation of the student, if requested by the school and a form provided, but tests are not conducted. Confirmation letter of the training period is provided on request.
Icelandic students do not get paid salaries or receive any benefits from the university nor the hospital during their clinical placements and the same goes for foreign students.

The hospital provides a uniform and its laundering (trousers and jackets), not socks or shoes.

Status during study period

A citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) member state needs to have legitimate EEA travel documents, e.g. passport, for entering Iceland. Students from outside the EEA need to find out whether they need to provide additional documents and which rules apply for their respected country (for further information and questions see www.utl.is). The students’ status will be a tourist one: students do not need to register their legal domicile here nor obtain an Icelandic ID number if they stay less than 3 months.

If a student decides to enroll full time for a semester or more then he is required to have legitimate EEA travel documents for entering Iceland, sufficient insurance throughout his stay and a confirmation that he can afford living expenses during his stay in Iceland. A residence permit for a student is intended for a foreigner that studies at the University of Iceland. The applicant must however be registered as a full time student at the university.

Language

Almost all documents regarding health care and the hospital are written in Icelandic. Most people speak English and/or a Nordic language but students will be working and living in an Icelandic-speaking environment. Fluency in English is required of all foreign students. 

 

Health certificates - IMPORTANT

Students need to provide the following health certificates before arrival and show them to the ward manager on the first day of their clinical practice.
Note that without these certificates students are not allowed to participate in the clinical practice at Landspitali.

  • MRSA test certificate: A recent (not more than approx. 7 days old) negative MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) screening test, from samples taken from nostrils, throat or rashes (if present).
  • Tuberculosis status certificate: Proof of the tuberculosis status; a recent (less than one year old) negative Mantoux (PPD) test or a report of negative chest X-ray. If the Mantoux test is positive, bring a report of negative chest X-ray and a confirmation of non-infectious status.
  • Immunization certificates: Certification of immunization against Diphteria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measels (Morbilli), Rubella and Mumps (Parotitis epidemica).
  • Hepatitis B immunization certificate: Students doing clinical rotations (or working with human blood/tissue) need to be immunized against Hepatitis B (with completion of minimum two of the three basic immunizations, meaning that the vaccination must have started at least one month before departure).

 

Social security

EEA citizens

All insured citizens from member states of the EEA must bring the European Health Insurance Card or EHIC for use in Iceland.

This does not apply to persons from the other Nordic countries since they only need a confirmation of insurance in another Nordic country.

A fee, to be paid for each consultation, and other services, is fixed by a regulation.

EEA nationals presenting the EHIC will be charged the same fee as persons insured in Iceland.

Insured citizens of EEA countries are entitled to benefits which become necessary on medical grounds during a temporary stay in Iceland, taking into account the nature of the benefits and the expected length of the stay.

Students from other countries

Other persons than mentioned above, who are not insured or not covered by the EEA regulations can obtain medical assistance but must, of course, pay in full. They can then seek reimbursement from their own insurance in their country of origin or from their private insurance (www.sjukra.is).

Living in Iceland

Students will have to provide all cost of their visit to Iceland. The cost of renting a single room privately or in a guesthouse is around 50.000 ISK per month and even more during the summer months, that price usually includes heating and electricity.

The hospital does not have living quarters for staff or students - students need to find and pay themselves for a place to live.

The main hospital buildings are located in city, or to be exact areas with the ZIP code 101 or 108.

Foreign students usually stay in a guesthouse – please see information on the internet, such as www.visitreykjavik.is and www.gisting.is (on this website is a map where it is possible to see the location of the hospital buildings (Landspítali Háskólasjúkrahús).

Key links:

Information regarding life in Iceland is all in one place and in English on www.skra.is or www.utl.is.

There you find everything about the health and social security systemeducation, culture, public services, family matters, gender equality legislationhousing, taxing,employment and other issues that immigrants and others staying for some time in Iceland need to know. Here below are just a few useful additional issues. Then the site "Links" provides additional sources of information. 

Important websites for public policies, legislation and services are the ones of the Directorate of Health, the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Education,Science and Culture.

Legislation you find at the Althingi web, immigration/ guest workers´ matters at the Directorate of Immigration and employment matters the Directorate of Labour.

 

News and weather

News from Iceland in English is on Iceland Review and you can read online newspapers from all over the world.

The weather forecast in Iceland and in the world you find at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

 

Finding your way

For Reykjavík please visit Borgarvefsjá.

The site gisting.is covers streets in whole Iceland but it focuses on finding accomodation and requires some local knowledge.

Then the maps showing the bus routes in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas.

Councelling and assistance with legal matters   

 

Councelling and assistance

The city of Reykjavik offers immigrants living in the city councelling and legal assistance free of charge.

This includes information regarding residence and work permits, taxes, learning Icelandic and various matters of the family like a divorse.

This service is located at the Community Service Center for Miðborg and Hlíðar at Skúlagata 21 Reykjavík. Open 08.30-16.00 Monday-Friday. 

For further information regarding living in Reykjavík. Those that require an interpretator to be present need to book an appointment.

Icelandic Red Cross runs several projects to support children and adults of  foreign origin as they settle in Iceland.

 

Employment

The legislation regarding working in Iceland varies, depending on whether a person is a citizen of a state that is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or not.

For non-EEA citizens a contract of employment must accompany applications for work and residence permist and entry to the country is then made with a temporary employment visa that has been arranged by the employer.

Application for work may not be done after entering the country on a tourist visa. Once granted, a work permit needs a reglar renewal.  Citizens of EEA do not need a work permit but they need to register their residency in Iceland once they have been here for 3 months or if they start to work. 

The public institutions that handle immigration and work issues are the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration and Directorate of Labour.

The European Employment Service (EURES) aims to facilitate free movement of workers within the European Economic Area. It provides information on employment, social security and living conditions in these countries.

Summary of the Icelandic Labour Law you find at the website of the ASI, The Icelandic Confederation of Labor as well as other helpful links to websites that address law, regulations and other issues of employment and immigration. Those law and regulations are in full on the website of the Icelandic Parliament, Althingi.

Rights and duties of government employees, The Government Employee Act 70/1996, you find on the website of the Ministry of Finance as well as many other publications regarding public employees.  

Each labour union additionally has its own specific agreements but most have written information only in Icelandic.

The Icelandic Nurses´ Association provides a summary in English for their members.

Each labour union has a website but not many of them have a section in English.

Please do not hesitate to contact them by phone or email should you require infomation or assistance from your union.

 On your payslip it is written which union you are a member of. Employees of Landspitali are members of about 40 different unions so it it is not possible to list all of them.

Here are those that have most members at Landspitali: www.hjukrun.is, slfi.is, efling.is, sfr.is and lis.is. There are also a few confederations like BHM, BSRB and ASI.

Most unions have a relief or sickness fundsThe Confederation of University Graduates (BHM) and Efling trade Union have published their code of practices in English.   

Most unions have education grants.  The Icelandic Nurses´ Association and Efling Trade Union have published their code of practices in English.   

For short and long trips in Iceland and around Reykjavík you could check with the Touring Club Útivist and the Icelandic Touring Association (Ferðafélag Íslands).

These clubs have a long tradition in Iceland and are the ones Icelanders commonly travel with if the take organised trips. They are guided in Icelandic but surely fellow travelers will speak to you the languages they know.

Regarding information about the trips organised by the Landspitali Employees´ Association (Starfsmannafélag) for Landspitali staff and their families during the summer: please visit the Landspitali inner website of Human Resources (in Icelandic only). A colleague at work will be glad to help you with this.  

Information for bikers you find at the Icelandic Mountain Bike Club

Swimming is very popular in Iceland.

At the sundlaugar website you find all swimming pools, most hot-springs and thermal pools as well as information about swimming courses.

Yes, and there is a beach (Ylströnd) in Reykjavík! 

People living in the Reykjavík area go there on warm summer days. It is also a centre for water sports such as sailing, scuba diving and, yes... sea swimming. 

Life and tourism
Virtually Virtual Iceland
Iceland Review
Icelandic Meteorological Office 
Iceland on the Web
Explore Iceland
Iceland Naturally.com
Reykjavik City
Visit Reykjavik.is
Iceland.is  
Utivist Travel Association   
Icelandic Touring Association
Leit.is (search engine)
Hvar.is (search engine journals/books)

Visiting and staying
Iceland Visa Requirements and Application Guideline

Learning Icelandic
Distance learning and residential courses

Public Institutions
Directorate of Immigration  
Directorate of Labour
Parliament (Alþingi)
Government -All Ministries 
Ministry of Health      
Directorate of Health
Social Insurance Administration
Social Advisory Services for Reykjavík citizens
Government Agency for Child Protection
The Internal Revenue Directorate
Police  
University of Iceland
Reykjavik University
University of Akureyri

Health and Welfare
Ministry of Welfare      
Directorate of Health
Health Care System, Status, Delivery and Management - Health Care Systems in Transition (2003) Directorate of Health.   
The Icelandic National Health Plan to the year 2010.
Patients Rights´Act No 74/1997.  
Government Agency for Child Protection  
Social Insurance Administration
Law  
Regulations         
Your rights - Important information for foreign women in Iceland.    
Safe shelter for women and children
Educ.and councelling centre for survivors of sexual abuse violence

Labour unions and professional associations
Association of Academics (BHM)

Associaton of Academics (BHM), various funds (in Icelandic): Vacation fund, its Health and Sickness fund and fund for Continuing Education   
Doctors     
Nurse /RNs  
Nurse Associates     
Biomedical scientists   
Radiographers   
Midwives   
Nutrition scientists   
Natural scientists       
Union of Public Servants (SFR) 
Federation of State and Municipal Employees (BSRB)  
ASÍ Federation   
Labour Union Efling  

Landspítali     
Landspitali English pages
Landspitali organizational chart.  
Map of Hringbraut area, the hospital main area, with explanations.  
Employee yearly interview with the manager: preparation.

Other  
Hallo Norden

Polski  
Twoje prawa - wazne informacje dla cudzoziemek na Islandii.  
Wymagania odnosnie znajomosc jezyka - Icelandic language fluency requriements - Polish.  

 

Var efnið hjálplegt?
Takk fyrir
Af hverju ekki?