Participatory Democracy

Teikning af fjórum manneskjum sem halda á og horfa í gegnum ramma.

Welcome to Reykjavik City’s participatory democracy portal. Here, you’ll learn about the many ways residents and the City’s administration make decisions.

Democracy Policy

Reykjavik City’s Democracy Policy should form the basis of all decision-making within Reykjavik City. It leads the way and puts the big picture in context.

 

Its aim is to support the democratic participation of residents and to elevate their voices.

 

It is also important for elected representatives and Reykjavik’s administration to better understand the needs and wishes of residents. This allows for well-informed decisions to be made in good cooperation between all parties involved.

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Residents’ Councils

Make an impact by participating in open meetings of the residents’ council in your district. Meetings are held every month and we aim to stream all meetings live on reykjavik.is.

 

Resident’s councils strengthen connectivity and shorten communication channels between residents, politics, the administration, and other stakeholders.

 

They help to raise awareness and make it easier for residents to make their point of view known.

Teikning af borgarfulltrúum í Tjarnarsal Ráðhússins.

My District

My District is a collaborative project between residents and the City administration. Every other year, residents can impact their immediate surroundings by submitting ideas for new projects in the districts of Reykjavik.

 

The funding is 850 million kr. each time divided between districts. First, ideas are collected from residents, then they are reviewed and ideas are selected for the ballot, and finally people vote for the best ideas. The ideas that chosen through the vote are made a projects the following year.

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Consultation Portal

Reykjavik City’s Consultation Portal is used to solicit the ideas and attitudes of citizens on various projects in Reykjavik.

 

It allows residents to give their opinion on the many strategic and executive initiatives as they are worked on.

 

My District also uses the Suggestion Portal when calling for ideas.

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Suggestion Portal

Send us a suggestion about anything!

 

Does something in the City’s services need fixing or improving, or would you like to let us know about anything else?

 

We will reply as fast as we can.

Teikning af manneskju með fjórar hendur að sinna mörgum hlutverkum í einu.

Consultation Committees

Examples of Reykjavik consultation committees include the Elderly Affairs Council, the Intercultural Council, and the Accessibility and Consultation Committee for People with Disabilities.

 

The names of chairs, board members, and staff are available on the web site.

 

Everyone is welcome to contact these people to discuss issues related to their policy area, and to follow up on incidents and to make inquiries and suggestions.

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Youth Councils

Youth councils provide a forum for adolescents under 18 years of age to actively participate in community development and influence their local environment.

 

The City’s districts have six youth councils, that together form their own consultation and cooperation forum, the Youth Council of Reykjavik.

 

Everyone aged 18 and under is welcome to participate.

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City Administration

Mayor, City Council, City Councilors, and City Executive Council.

 

But who does what, anyway?

 

Here you can find more information about the roles and main tasks of democratically elected representatives in Reykjavik.

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Neighborhood Plans

A Neighborhood Plan is a land-use plan for established neighborhoods that aims to make neighborhoods more eco-friendly and sustainable, and to develop the settled area in response to changing community concerns.

 

Neighborhood Plans will also make it easier for residents to apply for changes to their housing and lots.

Teikning af manneskju sem stendur í stiga og tengir saman tvo af fjölmörgum punktum.

Ongoing Projects

Here you can keep track of the projects taking place in Reykjavik.

 

Click on a district and select a year to view the projects starting that year.

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