“I am very honoured to be invited to join the coalition of Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth. I believe that the policies of inclusive growth are a fundamental element of tackling inequality in all its forms. The Champion Mayors initiative will enable us to exchange different ideas and strategies for more inclusive cities directly with mayors and colleagues around the world. I look forward to further my knowledge on the policies of inclusive growth and present our experience and ideas for other delegates.”
– Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson
Dagur B. Eggertsson became mayor of Reykjavík City on June 16 2014. Dagur was the vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Alliance from 2009 – 2013. He was first elected to the city council of Reykjavík in the 2002 election. Dagur studied, trained and worked as a physician and also has a master’s degree in Human Rights and International Law from the University of Lund in Sweden.
Dagur was was first elected to Reykjavík City Council in 2002, he was chair of the City Planning Committee from 2004 -2006 and was mayor from 2007-2008. In the years 2009 – 2013 Dagur was Vice president of the Social Democratic Alliance. From 2010 – 2014 he was chair of the City Executive Council. In his capacity as a leader for Reykjavík City Dagur has been a key note speaker at various international conferences and forums.
In the spring of 2014, Dagur lead the campaign of the Social Democratic Alliance in Reykjavík and won the single largest number of votes. He led the Social Democrats again in the elections of 2018 and was reappointed as mayor in 2018, and again in 2022.
Dagur grew up in Reykjavík and is married to Arna Dögg Einarsdóttir, a medical doctor at Landspitalinn – The National University Hospital of Iceland. They have four children.
Adequate and affordable housing is a basic requirement for everyone. The aim of the Reykjavík Housing Policy is to create social viable communities and a variety of housing options in every neighbourhood.
25% of all dwellings will be affordable to low income groups and/or suitable to those who are not willing to invest in private property. Affordable housing should mainly be located in centralized areas where access to public transportation is easy.
The housing policy has been the mayor’s priority for the past several years and focuses on many smaller densification sites and infills. 30% of development under way is on land owned by the city which is allocated to non-profit housing companies to ensure affordable units on important locations.
In Reykjavík, because all electricity is produced with hydroelectric power and houses are geothermally heated, energy usage in district heating releases no greenhouse gases. The release of greenhouse gasses in Reykjavík is minor compared with international figures, around 2,8 CO2 tons per person each year. Transport is the main source for green house gas emissions and improving the sustainability of Reykjavík’s transport network is the city’s key climate change commitment. The City of Reykjavik Climate Action Plan 2021-2025 sets out priorities to meet the city’s goal to become carbon neutral before the year 2040. Reykjavík’s Municipal Plan 2010-2030 sets a goal to change travel modes so public transport use will increase from 4% to 12% and the ratio of pedestrians and cyclists should rise from 19% to more than 30% in 2030.