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Commerce Day
Iceland

Commerce Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Iceland

In Iceland, commerce is understandably a crucial national activity, given the island’s isolation from the rest of the world. And Icelanders make the value they place on commerce known by celebrating Commerce Day as a public holiday every first Monday of August.

YearDateDayHoliday
20212 AugMonCommerce Day
20221 AugMonCommerce Day
20237 AugMonCommerce Day
20245 AugMonCommerce Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Commerce Day is basically a day-off for the Iceland Stock Exchange, and it is a day to celebrate and showcase your trade and its products or services. The practice of having a commerce day began in Reykjavik in 1894, based on influences from Denmark. The current date, however, was set only in 1931.

Commerce Day also has a history behind it in which “lower tradesmen” managed to rise up and throw off perceived oppression being inflicted on them by the “upper classes”. And so, there is a similarity here to Labour Day or International Workers Day. Plus, celebrations include remembering and honouring these “economic freedom fighters” of the past.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20203 AugMonCommerce Day
20195 AugMonCommerce Day
20186 AugMonCommerce Day
20177 AugMonCommerce Day