Reykjavik 2017 – Basic Income and the Nordic Welfare Model

The conference Basic Income and the Nordic Welfare Model on August 31st 2017 and September 1st at The Nordic House in Reykjavik (See map of Reykjavik).

Organized by BIEN Iceland which is an affiliate of BIEN (The Basic Income Earth Network). Contact person: Albert Sigurdsson, email:

See List of speakers




Conference day 1, Thu 31. August

Nordic Welfare Model and UBI

10:00 Welcome words, Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland. VIDEO

10:10 Dr. Stefan Olafsson, U. of Iceland VIDEO

10:45 Dr. Peter Abrahamson, U. of Copenhagen VIDEO

11:20 Twenty minute break

11:40 Salvör Gissurardottir, U. of Iceland VIDEO

12:15 Lunch

13:30 Birgitta Jonsdottir MP in the Icelandic Parliament VIDEO

14:00 Øyvind Steensen, BIEN Norway VIDEO

14:20 Jouko Hemmi, BIEN Finland VIDEO

14:40 Twenty minute break

15:00 Albert Svan, BIEN Iceland VIDEO

15:20 Martin Bruun Michaelsen, Philosophy student

15:40 Discussion and questions VIDEO

16:30 End of day 1


Conference day 2, Fri 1. September

Basic Income experiments, results and future prospects

10:00 Highligts from previous day 

10:10 Markus Kanerva on Finnish basic income project VIDEO

10:45 Dr. Jurgen De Wispelaere, U. of Bath VIDEO

11:20 Twenty minute break

11:40 Dr. Karl Widerquist, U. of Georgetown VIDEO

12:15 Lunch

13:30 Marina Gorbis, Institute for the Future (IFTF) VIDEO

14:10 Gerdur Palmadottir, Entrepreneur VIDEO

14:30 Twenty minute break

14:50 Ragnar Þor Ingolfsson, VR Union CANCELED

15:20 Discussion and circle panel questions VIDEO

16:15 End of conference