History of Landsvirkjun now published

12. July 2005

Organised into seven chapters, the book covers dissimilar aspects of company history. There are numerous photographs, together with an appendix presenting diverse information on subjects such as the employees in different periods, development projects, the structures that have been built, etc.

The book's editorial board, consisting of chairman Árni Grétar Finnsson, Jónas Haralz, Pétur Jónsson and Vilhjálmur Þ. Vilhjálmsson, hired the historian Sigrún Pálsdóttir to serve as editor. Sigrún Pálsdóttir is also the principal author of the text, while the others are Birgir Jónsson, Guðmundur Hálfdánarson, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, Jón Þór Sturluson, Pétur Ármannsson, Skúli Sigurðsson and Unnur Birna Karlsdóttir.

The book is published by the Icelandic Literary Society.

On the book cover, the contents are introduced in the following words, here translated from the Icelandic:

"For nearly four decades, the operations of Landsvirkjun have not only been a major factor in the business and economic history of the Icelandic nation, but have also had a decisive influence on the evolution of Icelandic society during the twentieth century, in regard to regional development, agricultural practices, lifestyles, technical know-how, nationalism and attitudes towards nature.

Why was it that the systematic creation of Iceland's energy sector started in 1965, which was approximately 50 years after the first ideas and plans for such industry originally appeared in Iceland? How has the role of Landsvirkjun changed during the past forty years? How was conflict over energy issues evident in twentieth-century political history? What view of nature was implied in confrontations about construction projects that Landsvirkjun undertook? What architectural heritage have hydropower plants given to Iceland? What effect have the company's projects had on progress in Icelandic technical know-how?

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