Icelandic Prison Service

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Icelandic Prison Service
Fangelsismálastofnun ríkisins
Official insignia
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency Iceland
Governing body Icelandic Government
General nature
Operational structure
Elected officer responsible Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Minister of the Interior
Agency executive Páll Egill Winkel, Prison Service Director

The Icelandic Prison Service (Icelandic: Fangelsismálastofnun ríkisins) is the national correctional agency of the Republic of Iceland. Along with the Icelandic National Police, Directorate of Customs, and the Icelandic Coast Guard, the Icelandic Prison Service is one of the few law-enforcement agencies in Iceland. The current director of the Prison Service is Páll Egill Winkel.[1]

Prisons in Iceland

Presently, the Icelandic Prison Service operates six prisons. The oldest prison in Iceland, Hegningarhúsið, was completed in 1874 and is still in operation today.[2]

Aside from Fangelsið Akureyri, which is in the northern city of Akureyri, prisons in Iceland are all located in the southwest end of the country. This includes the oldest prison, Hegningarhúsið, which is located in downtown Reykjavík. This roughly corresponds with the country's population centres.


# Title English translation
1 Forstöðumaður Director
2 Yfirfangavörður Deputy Director
3 Deildarstjóri Division Chief
4 Varðstjóri Inspector
5 Aðstoðarvarðstjóri Deputy Inspector
6 Fangavörður að loknum skóla Prison Officer after School
7 Fangavörður án skóla Prison Officer without School
Fangavarðanemi Prison Officer Academy Student


The present uniform of the Icelandic Prison Service is a black shirt with black trousers.

The image displays the former shoulder patch of the Icelandic Prison Service. The present shoulder patch is black with silver lettering and outlining.

See also


  1. List of present administrative staff -

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