The Embassy of Iceland in Berlin
Amb. María Erla Marelsdóttir
María Erla Marelsdóttir was born on the 15th of December 1969 and is the Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland in Berlin since 2019.
Marelsdóttir has graduated from the Reykjavík Upper Secondary Grammar School, Department of Physics in 1989, then the Law Faculty of the University of Iceland as Candidate of Law in 1995. She completed her master’s degree in 2006 in European Law (LL.M.) at Stockholm University. Marelsdóttir started out her career as a lawyer of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre and the Government Agency for Child Protection, then became the First Secretary of the External Trade Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. From 1998 to 2001, she was the First Secretary to the Embassy of Iceland in Bonn and Berlin, then in Stockholm until 2002, when she was appointed as Counsellor to the Embassy.
From 2007 she became the Counsellor of the Directorate General for External Trade, then from 2009 the Director of the Department for International Trade Negotiations and Department D for Iceland’s EU Accession, as well as Chairperson of the Negotiating Team for External Trade for Foreign and Security Affairs and a Member of the Negotiation Committee for Iceland’s Accession Negotiations with the EU. She has served as Non-Resident Ambassador of Iceland to Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and the State of Palestine between 2013 and 2019, after which she was appointed as Ambassador to Germany.
Marelsdóttir speaks English, Swedish and German besides her native Icelandic. She is married and has two children.
The Embassy of Iceland in Germany started its work in 1952, right after the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries. The Embassy in Berlin is also accredited to Croatia, Montenegro, Poland and Serbia and works with the assistance of 15 Icelandic honorary consulates, whereas 10 only exist in Germany. The Embassy´s duties are based on the political, economic and cultural exchange between Iceland and the other countries.