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UN International Day of Families 2010

Day of Families Celebrated in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland - A parade and exhibit in the town hall of Reykjavik marked the UN International Day of Families on May 15. This tiny island in the North Atlantic felt like a microcosm of all the cultures of our world.

About 200 activists, mainly from diverse ethnic groups, took part in the parade. It was watched by several thousand people. The impact of migration in Iceland has transformed the country from an isolated island populated by mostly northern Europeans into a colorful and exciting multicultural society. The sunny day with blue skies dispelled the image of Iceland as a cold and windy place, covered with ash.

Calling attention to the contributions that people from other national origins bring to our nation, our aim was to inspire people under the joint motto of "Diversity and Joy." We had an exhibit at the town hall about UPF activities and educational materials for children.

This event built on the International Day of Peace event last year at the Free Lutheran Church in Reykjavik.


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