Iceland National Anthem

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Anthem History

adopted 1944; also known as "O, Gud vors lands" (O, God of Our Land), the anthem was originally written and performed in 1874

Anthem Lyrics

Lofsöngur (þjóðsöngurinn)

Ó, guð vors lands! Ó, land vors guðs,

vér lofum þitt heilaga, heilaga nafn.

ú r sólkerfum himnanna hnýta þér krans

þínir herskarar, tímanna safn.

Fyrir þér er einn dagur sem þú sund ár

og þú sund ár dagur, ei meir:

eitt eil¡fðar smáblóm með titrandi tár,

sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr.

Íslands þú sund ár,

eitt eil¡fðar smáblóm með titrandi tár,

sem tilbiður guð sinn og deyr

Anthem Lyrics English

O God of Our land,

Our land is God,

We worship thy holy name, thy holy name

>From the solar systems of the heavens

bind for you a wreath,

Your warriors the assembly of the ages

For the is one day as a thousand years,

and a thousand years is a day and no more.

One small flower of eternity with a quivering


that prays to it's god and dies

Iceland's thousand years, Iceland's thousand


One small flower of eternity with a quivering


that prays to it's god and dies


Other English text version

Our Country's God, Our Country's God

We worship thy holy name,

in it's wonder sublime

The sons of thy heaven are set in thy crown

by the legions, the ages of time.

For thee is each day as a thousand years,

and each thousand years, but a day.

Eternity's flower with an homage of tears,

that reverently prays life away.

Iceland's thousand years, Icelands thousand


Eternity's flower with a quivering tear,

that prays to it's god and dies.

Second and third verse (not used often)


O God, Our God,

We bow to thee

Our spirits most fervent

we place in thy care.

Lord God of our fathers,

from age unto age,

we are breating our holiest prayer

We pray and we thank thee a thousand years

for safely protected we stand

We pray and we bring thee our homage of tears

our destiny rests in thy hand.

Iceland thousand years, Iceland's thousand


the hoarfrost of morning which tinted those


thy sun rising high shall command!


Our land is God, Our country's God,

Our life is a feeble and quivering reed.

We perish, deprived of thy spirit and light

to redeem and uphold in our need.

God, inspire us at morn'

with thy courage and love,

and lead through the days of our strife

At evening send peace from thy heaven above,

and safeguard our nation through life!

Iceland's thousand years, Iceland thousand


O prosper our people diminish our tears,

and guide us in thy wisdom through life!

Iceland Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 30 November 1918
Flag Symbolism blue with a red cross outlined in white extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag)

Blue represents the color of the Atlantic Ocean. Red represents their links to Norway. White represents the snow and ice that covers the island most of the year.

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