Iceland is divided into local municipalities that govern their own affairs and are responsible for them. Each municipality has firm perimeters that cannot be changed except through legislation. Each municipality has an elected council that governs the community and is responsible for the execution of legally determined projects. In Reykjavík it is the City Council, with 23 members, which has this task.

City boards and committees

The City Council elects boards and committees to formulate policies and for the supervision of specific functions. The City Council also elects the mayor for a full term. The Office of the City Council is responsible for providing general service for the councillors.

The City Council elects its executive council for a term of one year. It has seven councillors and, alongside the mayor, supervises the management of the city and its finances and administration. The City Council elects nine standing committees, each for a term of four years. They are: the committee of culture ,sport and leisure, the committee of education and youth, the committee of planning and transport , the committee of welfare, the committee for human rights and democracy, the committee of environment and health and the committee of purchase, each with seven members. The City Council also elects representatives to the district committees and the various committees that operate in accordance with specific resolutions, such as the child welfare committee as well to the various boards in which the City of Reykjavík participates.

The mayor

The mayor is the general manager of the City of Reykjavík and has the highest rank of public office. The mayor plays three main roles. He is the Director of the City, the official representative of Reykjavík and the political leader of the majority. All these functions follow the obligations, both fixed and optional.

The City Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the administration of the City of Reykjavík in general and its financial management in particular. The committee prepares budgets and ensures that the financial statements of the municipality are in accordance with current rule. 

Internal auditing

Internal Auditing reports both to the City Executive Committee and to the Mayor. It ensures that the city’s finances are used in accordance with the City Authorities’ budget and that the operations of the City are in accordance with laws and regulations.