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Landspitali- The National University Hospital of Iceland

Landspitali is the leading hospital in Iceland and the largest workplace for employees in health care. It is funded by the Ministry of Welfare, supervised by the Directorate of Health and provides specialised and general care and has the capacity of approx. 700 beds.

Landspitali - The National University HospitalTel. (+354) 543 1000

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Want to join our team?

A citizen is allowed to stay and work for 3-6 months without moving their domicile to Iceland. EU/EEA citizen are insured in the country where you work. Further information about this you find at www.tr.is, www.skra.is and if you are from the Nordic countries www.hallonorden.org or you can call the HalloNorden office in your home country.

If you are a citizen from a country within the EEA area, and you don‘t have the Icelandic ,,kennitala“ you´ll need to register at þjóðskrá, www.skra.is. At their website you will find detailed information on the process of moving to Iceland.

If you are a specialist such as a nurse or a doctor you will also have to get an Icelandic License to work in your profession. More detailed information on that process is at the website of the Directorate of Health; www.landlaeknir.is or contact them directly at starfsleyfi@landlaeknir.is.

If you have further questions about this process, please contact our HR staff at job@landspitali.is


If you are a citizen from a country outside the EEA area you need to apply for a residence permit. You can read about the difference residence permits and the process at www.utl.is. In order to get a residence permit based on work, you will first have to get a job as you will need to submit an employment contract. You can find information on our vacancies here .

Once you have gotten a job offer / employment contract you can start your process in applying for a residence and work permit.

You will have to get an Icelandic license to work in your profession (nurse, doctor, med tech and so on). The Directorate of Health handles that application and you can find more about that process at their website www.landlaeknir.is or contact them at starfsleyfi@landlaeknir.is 

If you have further question, please contact our HR staff at job@landspitali.is.


Attention 

Until further notice, Landspítali is unable to accept any applications from international students for clinical training in the field of medicine, surgery, and nursing. Landspítali is a university hospital and has very limited student positions. Students from universities that have made formal agreements with Landspitali are prioritized for clinical placements.

However, international medical students who want to come as exchange students during the summer (July and August) for 4 weeks or less, are encouraged to apply via IMSIC (Icelandic Medical Student International Committee). Please visit the homepage for The International Federation of Medical Students Association; IMFSA. No formal teaching takes place during the summer months.

Icelandic students do not get paid salaries or receive any benefits from universities or Landspitali during their studies. The same applies to international students. Landspítali does not provide housing for students.

Accepted students will be working in an Icelandic speaking environment, but most people speak English and/or a Nordic language. Fluency in English is required of all international students. Conformation letter of the study period is provided on request.

International students who want to apply for student positions at Landspitali (other than clinical training in medicine, surgery, and nursing), need to provide the following information, listed below. To facilitate processing, please send all the documents in one e-mail.

  • Application form
  • Your CV with information about your working and educational career
  • A certificate from your school confirming you are a student; in which semester you are currently, how many semesters your programme is, and the expected graduation date
  • A certified list of courses that you have already completed
  • A certified list of courses that you will have completed by the time you arrive
  • A letter of recommendation from one supervisor/boss who can verify your performance in clinical work or as a student in health sciences

Please send these documents to the appropriate e-mail address:

Health certificates - IMPORTANT 

Students need to provide the following health certificates before arrival and show them to the ward manager on the first day of their clinical practice. Note that without these certificates’ students are not allowed to participate in the clinical practice at Landspitali.

  1. MRSA test certificate: A recent (not more than approx. 7 days old) negative MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) screening test, from samples taken from nostrils, throat or rashes (if present).
  2. Tuberculosis status certificate: Proof of the tuberculosis status; either a less than one year old negative Mantoux (PPD) test or a negative IGRA (such as Quantiferon) blood test.
    If the Mantoux/IGRA test is positive, bring a report of negative chest X-ray and a confirmation of non-infectious status.
  3. Immunization certificates: Certification of immunization against Diphteria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio; immunizations may not be older than 10 years upon arrival. Measels (Morbilli), Rubella and Mumps (Parotitis epidemica); students must have received two vaccinations as a child or one vaccination after the age of 12. If students need to update vaccinations, they must do so at least one month before arrival.
  4. Hepatitis B immunization certificate: Students doing clinical rotations (or working with human blood/tissue) need to be immunized against Hepatitis B (with completion of minimum two of the three basic immunizations, meaning that the vaccination must have started at least one month before departure). 

It is recommended that students be vaccinated against influenza annually.

 

The following is information about common terms of employment.

  • The normal work week in Iceland is 36 hours.
  • Monthly salaries are based on collective bargaining contracts, and they depend on your expertise, education and age. There are extra payments for shifts (varying based on your profession). All overtime is generally paid extra, but with upper limits. Vacation for one year of employment is at least 24 weekdays (4 weeks and 4 days) and depending on your collective bargaining contract, you may be entitled to winter holiday if you work shifts.
  • Income tax in Iceland is vary from 37,13% to 46,25%, pension fund payments are 4% and additionally most employees belong to a labor union and pay fees there.
  • Vacation is 2 days for each month of employment. According to the labor law, both the hospital and the employee are ensured the right to terminate the contract with 1-3 months notice but this is specified in the contract of employment.

This applies unless intergovernmental treaties say otherwise.

Health insurance

Everyone who has been legally resident in Iceland for six months automatically becomes a member of the Icelandic social insurance system, regardless of nationality.

Those who have not been resident in Iceland for six months and are not covered by the EEA regulations can obtain medical assistance but must, of course, pay in full.

They can then seek reimbursement from their own insurance in their country of origin or from their private insurance, according to rules and regulations applicable in their insurance country. But occupational injury insurance covers employed persons working in Iceland.

The Icelandic Language

Icelandic resembles Norwegian, Danish and Swedish but the grammar is somewhat more complicated.

Internal documents regarding the profession, staff guidelines and instructions for navigating the hospital are written in Icelandic and verbal communication is normally conducted in Icelandic, so knowledge of the language is very important.

The main alternative language for the initial period would be English, and most Icelanders are quite proficient in English (both staff and patients).
Nevertheless, we recommend that you start learning Icelandic before you come to Iceland. You can study Icelandic from other countries in various ways.

Firstly, there are two websites with free online courses: The “Icelandic Online” course given by the University of Iceland at www.icelandic.hi.is and Bragi course at www2.hu-berlin.de/bragi.

Further information

The website of the Directorate of Labor, www.vinnumalastofnun.is, contains the law and regulations regarding employment and residency of foreign citizens.

Nordic citizens are advised to visit the website of the Mobility Information Service of the Nordic Region on http://www.hallonorden.org.

The website of The Directorate of Immigration is www.utl.is.

Practical information

Landspítali - The National University Hospital of Iceland is the leading hospital in Iceland and the largest workplace for employees in health care. It is funded by the Ministry of Welfare, supervised by the Directorate of Health and provides specialized and general care and has the capacity of approx. 700 beds.

The main role of Landspítali is threefold; service to patients, teaching and training of clinical staff and scientific research. The hospital offers diverse clinical services in outpatient clinics, day patient units, inpatient wards, critical care units, clinical laboratories and other divisions.

Its purpose is to supply health service of the highest quality, be competitive in world wide respective and it emphasizes on compassion, progress, safety and professionalism. 

The two main areas are at Hringbraut and at Fossvogur.
The Hringbraut area consists of a large number of buildings which includes the psychiatric, children and women buildings as well as the library/Faculty of Nursing, kitchen, laboratory and office buildings.

Landspítali - organizational chart

Landspítali Strategy

Environmental work - milestones 2013-2022

Environmental policy of Landspítali

Maps

Landspítali Hringbraut - main entrance

Landspítali Fossvogi - main entrance

Invoice 

If you have any questions about your invoice please contact billing@landspitali.is or call phone numbers: +354 543 1236 or +354 543 1237

 

Your experience 

Please tell us about your experience regarding your treatment at Landspitali.


In an emergency always call the 112 National Emergency number.
112 is the single emergency number in Iceland, representing all the response parties to accidents, fire, crime, search, rescue and natural disasters on land, at sea, or in the air. Additionally, Iceland‘s child protection officers can be reached through 112.

The emergency dispatchers are on duty around-the-clock, all year around. When you dial 112 they respond at once and immediately send the appropriate assistance.
The role of Emergency Alert 112 is to provide a friendly, efficient and reliable service.
112 can be reached anywhere in Iceland, from any telephone, by voice or by SMS.

    All patients pay for health care in Iceland. Discount for outpatient visits is based on international agreements.

In an emergency always call the 112 National Emergency number.
112 is the single emergency number in Iceland, representing all the response parties to accidents, fire, crime, search, rescue and natural disasters on land, at sea, or in the air. Additionally, Iceland‘s child protection officers can be reached through 112.

The emergency dispatchers are on duty around-the-clock, all year around. When you dial 112 they respond at once and immediately send the appropriate assistance.
The role of Emergency Alert 112 is to provide a friendly, efficient and reliable service.
112 can be reached anywhere in Iceland, from any telephone, by voice or by SMS.

 Health Service in Iceland (Public Services) - island.is 


    All patients pay for health care in Iceland. Discount for outpatient visits is based on international agreements.
 


MEDICAL EMERGENCY CLINIC, AUSTURVER, Háaleitisbraut 68 MAP 

Adults and children: Illness

Opening hours
Weekdays: 5pm - 11:30pm
Weekends: 9am -11:30pm

Phone Consultations

Phone consultations by nurses regarding non urgent health related issues or assistance for where to seek medical advice is available at Læknavaktin (Laeknavaktin) tel: 1770, mon-fri 5pm-8am plus 24hr/day saturday and sunday.  


ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, LANDSPÍTALI, FOSSVOGUR  24hr/day saturday and sunday.  MAP 

Adults: Serious illness and accidents
Children: Accidents

Phone Consultations

Phone consultations by nurses regarding non urgent health related issues or assistance for where to seek medical advice is available at Læknavaktin (Laeknavaktin) tel: 1770, mon-fri 5pm-8am plus 24hr/day saturday and sunday.  


EMERGENCY UNIT, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
DEPARTMENT LANDSPÍTALI, HRINGBRAUT  MAP 

Children: Serious illness 

24hr/day saturday and sunday.  

 

 


Dialysis 

Patients in need of dialysis unit can enquire about dialysis services at dialysis@landspitali.is or in case of an urgent matter call 543 6311. The dialysis unit is located in Landspitali Hringbraut.   MAP

Dental service

Tannlæknavaktin is the dental emergency care in Reykjavik.  The patient services provided is limited to the urgent condition and follow-up care is suggested to be completed at another time.  Appointments are scheduled at a day-by-day basis and availability.
Opening hours: 08:00-22:00
Telephone: 426 8000
Address: Vínlandsleið 16 - Reykjavík

 

Emergency Referral

An emergency admission to our hospital can be arranged by contacting:
Tel. + 354 825 3536 Neonatal emergency
Tel. + 354 543 2011 Emergency room.

Daytime Referral

  • Telefone: 1700  (monday to sunday 24 hour service)

 

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) is a partnership between Landspitali (National Hospital of Iceland) and the University of Iceland. Both institutions have extensive research experience, both domestically and internationally, working with collaborators worldwide. The CRC serves as a contact point for international collaboration in clinical research projects.

Services provided by the CRC include counselling related to:

  • Project planning and management
  • Writing or reviewing documents such as patient protocols and information
  • Applications, notifications and approvals related to regulatory requirements (Ethics committee, Icelandic Medicines Agency, etc.)
  • Biostatistics in clinical research
  • Financial and legal issues (Financial services, study agreements, negotiations, etc.)
  • Assistance before, during and after inspections and audits
  • Other administrative tasks
  • GCP training for study staff

 Contact:
Halla S. Arnardóttir, Project Manager
hallarn@landspitali.is
tel: +354 543-5711

1. Visiting hours are between 4:30 and 7:30 pm on weekdays and from 2:30 to 7:30 on the weekend and special holidays. Maximum of two guests are allowed at the same time and siblings of pediatric inpatients can come with parents if permitted by head nurse or charge nurse.

2. Guests are kindly asked to postpone their visit if they have any respiratory symptoms. If a visit cannot be postponed please wear a mask.

3. Please note that these rules apply only to general wards; not emergency rooms, neonatal intensive care or obstetrics. Next of kin can only visit in these units with special permission from head or charge nurses.

4. Head and/or charge nurses can make exemptions from the above.

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