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Iceland–Mexico relations

Iceland-Mexico relations
Map indicating locations of Iceland and Mexico



Iceland–Mexico relations refer to bilateral relations between Iceland and Mexico.

History of diplomatic relations

Iceland and Mexico established diplomatic relations on March 24, 1964.[1][2][3]

Iceland and Mexico collaborate over a number of shared interests; in 2001 they reached an agreement on agriculture, signed in Mexico City on November 27, 2000, and effective on October 1, 2001.[1][4] In 2005 they signed an agreement for the promotion and mutual protection of investments, which was signed in Mexico City on June 24, 2005, and has been in force since April 28, 2006.[1]

On October 24, 2007 Albert Jónsson, the Icelandic ambassador to Washington, DC; presented his diplomatic credentials at the National Palace in Mexico City. After the ceremony, Felipe Calderón and Jónsson discussed the current state of Icelandic-Mexico relations. Both want to strengthen bilateral trade and Calderón wanted to cooperate on energy and fishing rights.[5]

Minister of Education, Science and Culture accompanied the president and Iceland's first lady on trip. Also attending were members of the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Presidential Office, as well as a trade delegation.[7]

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson addressed the people of Mexico on March 11, 2008, saying:

In this new century, mankind eagerly seeks and requires leadership born of the same qualities, searching for solutions to the most fundamental challenge of our times, the threat of climate change, which is so evident in the melting of the ice sheets and the glaciers and the rising sea levels all over the world. Due to the Gulf Stream, Mexico and Iceland are closely linked in this endeavour. Flowing from Mexico into the North–Atlantic, the Gulf Stream encircles my country and constitutes the core of the conveyor belt of ocean currents which in every continent regulates the climate. Cooperation between our countries is therefore both urgent and is endowed with symbolic value, reminding us how all nations now share a common fate, but also demonstrating to others new ways towards solutions. ...[6]

In 2008 Felipe Calderón said: "Our two countries joined forces under the United Nations to codify the new Law of the Sea and, in particular, work closely to achieve the Exclusive Economic Zone."[8]

The two leaders discussed common ground, including concerns over [12]

They also signed a treaty on geothermal energy, and one abolishing visas for diplomats.[13][14]

During the meeting, Mexico agreed to support the nomination of Iceland as a nonpermanent member of the [16]

As of April 2009, Iceland is one of only 37 countries with which Mexico has a tax treaty and one of only 22 where an agreement for a broad exchange of information has been signed.[10]


In 2008, Iceland was ranked 118th in total trade with Mexico and was ranked 4th among the countries of European Free Trade Association.[1] 2008 bilateral trade was 9.2 million dollars for Mexico.[1] Mexico's exports to Iceland were: metal tubes with threaded ends (46.0%), motor vehicles (18.7%), and lactic acid (2.0%). The major imports from Iceland to Mexico were: cod liver oil (4.6%), gutted fish (3.1%) and roe (2.8%).[1]

Accredited diplomatic missions


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Relaciones México-Islandia" (in Spanish).  
  2. ^ "Mexico, Iceland to Set Up Diplomatic Ties".  
  3. ^ "Mexico-Iceland Pact".  
  4. ^ "Mexico-Iceland".  
  5. ^ "Presentation of Credentials".  
  6. ^ a b "President of Iceland speech on visit to Mexico". March 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  7. ^ "President of Iceland to Visit Mexico". Iceland Review. March 12, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-13. . 
  8. ^ "Destaca Calderón disposición de Islandia para el comercio".  
  9. ^ "Llama Olafur Ragnar a combatir el cambio climático".  
  10. ^ a b "Mexico: Tax treaty network increasing".  
  11. ^ "Mexico: Iceland added to Mexico's treaty list".  
  12. ^ "Signing Ceremony".  
  13. ^ "El Presidente Calderón y el Presidente de la República de Islandia, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, en la Ceremonia de la Firma de Acuerdos entre los Gobiernos de México e Islandia" (in Spanish).  
  14. ^ a b "México e Islandia acceden quitar visa diplomática y apoyar energía geotérmica". Cotizalia (in Spanish). March 12, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  15. ^ "Presidente de Islandia realiza visita oficial a México para firma de acuerdo".  
  16. ^ "Debe México aprovechar energías renovables".  
  17. ^ Embassy of Iceland in Washington, DC (in English and Icelandic)
  18. ^ Embassy of Mexico in Copenhagen (in Spanish)

External links

  • Iceland embassy info of relations with Mexico
  • Iceland-Mexico relations
  • Images from the 2008 meetings
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