National Assembly of Young People
The National Congress of Young People is held following the Landsmót Samfé, where over 400 young people from all over the country come together every year. Democratic working practices and empowerment dominate Samfé’s Landsmót, but the final day of the event is dedicated to the National Youth Congress. At the National Assembly, young people have the opportunity to speak about the various issues that are on their minds. The issues that are discussed at the Landsþing are determined and prepared by Samfé’s Youth Council. Examples of issues that have been addressed are the mental health of young people, alcohol and drug use, sex and sexual health, finances and taxes, human rights, online communication, the labor market, transport, increased participation of young people of foreign origin, equality, education without barriers and activities Samfés. Following the National Assembly, the Youth Council summarizes the results and sends resolutions to ministries, local governments, the media and Samfé’s member associations.
A turning point in Samfé’s history happened when the President of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, established the Nordic Youth Congress in Mosfellsbær in 2019. Record participation was that year, when around 450 young people aged 14-23 gathered, from community centers and youth centers from all over the country, together with representatives of young people from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Faroe Islands , Greenland and the Åland Islands.