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A Statue in Reykjavík

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A Statue in Reykjavík

Tourist in front of a statue in Reykjavík.

Q: Could you please tell me who this statue represents?

It’s me in the photo three years ago in a park in Reykjavík.

Thanks in advance,

Patrik

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A: The statue is of Icelandic national poet, author and natural scientist Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845). Wikipedia informs that Jónas was one of the founders of the Icelandic journal Fjölnir, which was first published in Copenhagen in 1835.

Supporting the Icelandic Independence Movement, the magazine was used to promote the Icelandic language and history and further nationalism. Jónas’ birthday, November 16, is now the Icelandic Language Day.

The statue by Icelandic sculptor Einar Jónsson was unveiled on Lækjargata, downtown Reykjavík, in 1907 but moved to Hljómskálagarðurinn park by Tjörnin, the Reykjavík pond, in 1947 where it still stands.