The City of Seattle
Aptly named The Emerald City, Seattle is far more than just sensational scenery. The Puget Sound region offers a unique combination of scenic beauty, cultural diversity, outdoor recreation, and urban attractions.
Seattle is a flourishing world-class city, home to some of the most innovative and influential companies and organizations. A strong economy, mild climate, and easily-accessed natural wonders attract new residents and visitors in record numbers.
Both Seattle and Reykjavik are surrounded by unrivaled landscapes, share a passion for literature, music, and the arts, and engender an innovative entrepreneurial spirit. Because of exponential growth and rapid changes, both cities face similar challenges. Citizens of Seattle and Reykjavik have much to gain by sharing experience, wisdom, and creative resources.
The City of Reykjavik
Reykjavik, Seattle’s sister city and the capital of Iceland, is situated in a picturesque bay surrounded by mountains. Located in the North Atlantic, just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is a wonderland of glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanoes. Despite its name, Iceland has a mild climate which is attributed to the Gulf Stream encircling the island with its friendly warmth.
With a population over of 120,000 people, Reykjavik is a bustling hub of commerce and government, industry and culture—a modern city with a high standard of living, home to approximately forty percent of Iceland’s population.
The youthfulness of Seattle contrasts with the 1100-year heritage of Reykjavik; however, these two dynamic communities have formed a partnership full of vitality and energy dedicated to preserving their pasts while committing themselves to present and future endeavors.