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Premier John Savage today announced the Visit to Canada of Her
Excellency Vigdis Finnbogadottir, President of the Republic of
Iceland, May 14-16.

While in Nova Scotia, President Finnbogadottir will receive an
honorary doctorate of civil law from Saint Mary's University.
Other highlights of the visit include the inaugural flight of
Icelandair into Halifax and a tour of the Fisheries Museum of the
Atlantic, Lunenburg.

Included in the official delegation accompanying President
Finnbogadottir are Iceland's Foreign Affairs Minister Halldor
Asgrimsson and the country's ambassador to the United States and
Canada, Einar Benediktsson.

Premier Savage said, "Nova Scotia is honored to have Her
Excellency visit the province, as we enter a new era of trade,
business and cultural opportunities with Iceland."

The president's visit comes at a time when Iceland and Nova
Scotia have developed a coordinated marketing effort.

Diversification of the Icelandic economy into manufacturing,
processing, service and marine industries makes Nova Scotia an
attractive trading partner for Iceland. Currently 31 Nova Scotia
companies actively export to Iceland. Ninety business people from
the province will participate in Icebreaker 96, a reverse
marketplace comprised of an outbound inaugural program in
Reykjavik from May 21-24. Business and tourism partners will
participate in a trade and travel show, business seminars and
site visits aimed at developing trade partnerships and promoting
Nova Scotia as a destination.

"With Nova Scotia becoming the Canadian gateway for Iceland, we
look forward to building new trading partners throughout Iceland,
Norway, Sweden and Denmark," Premier Savage said.

President Finnbogadottir is scheduled to arrive in Halifax
Tuesday evening, May 14, and depart for Iceland Thursday night,
May 16.


Contact: Miriam Murray  902-424-2983

NOTE TO EDITORS: There is an acute accent over the second "i" in
Her Excellency's first name (Vigdis), and over the second "o" in
her last name (Finnbogadottir).

trp                  May 09, 1996 - 5:10 p.m.