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Some main rights and obligations in Iceland

Living in Iceland includes having both rights and obligations. Many customs and traditions vary between countries.

Living in Iceland includes having both rights and obligations. Many customs and traditions vary between countries.

 
So be aware that the following rules and regulations apply in Iceland:
 
  • Everyone is equal under the law and is entitled to basic human rights, regardless of sex, religion, opinions, national or social  origin, race, colour, economic status, ancestry or other status. By law, women and men in Iceland are equal. 
  • Violence, including any physical aggression and corporal punishment is banned by law, both inside and outside of the home. In Iceland, the law protects the rights of children. Everyone is  required by law to report any suspected violence, be it physical, mental or sexual, to 112.
  • All persons 18 years of age and older may marry. Divorces are granted even if one spouse is not in agreement. In cases of divorce, all possession and debts are divided evenly. According to the law, providence or custody of children is shared in cases of divorce or the dissolution of a common law relationship. In cases of dispute, the courts will make a judgement. The District Commissioner may make a ruling regarding the access or  visitation of children. 
  • Speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered a serious offence and the punishment is high fines, revocation of drivers’ licenses and imprisonment for repeat offenders.
 
This article was written in cooperation with Áttavitinn