The Central Bank of Iceland

The Central Bank of Iceland (Sešlabanki Ķslands) is an independent institution, owned by the Icelandic state but under separate administration.

The Central Bank is in charge of monetary policy implementation in Iceland and performs a wide range of functions to this end. The main objective of monetary policy is price stability. Furthermore, the Bank is also obliged to contribute towards the Government's main economic policy objectives insofar as it does not consider this to conflict with its own goal of price stability.

In addition, the Central Bank undertakes standard central banking tasks, such as maintaining external reserves and promoting an efficient and safe financial system, including payment systems domestically and with foreign countries. It is also responsible for the issue of notes and coin, exchange rate matters and other duties, as specified in the Central Bank Act.

The Central Bank is ultimately under the administration of the Minister of Economic Affairs and a Supervisory Board. Parliament (the Althing) elects seven members to the Supervisory Board after each parliamentary election.

The Minister of Economic Affairs appoints the Governor and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank for a five-year term. Decisions on applying the Central Bank's monetary policy control mechanisms shall be taken by the Monetary Policy Committee. In other respects, the Bank's direction shall be in the hands of the Governor.  

The Central Bank of Iceland was established by an act of parliament in 1961, although the history of central banking in Iceland is much longer. The current Central Bank Act is no. 36/2001.
InflationMore »

Consumer prices, 12-month changes. Last value: 3%
Inflation target 2.5%

CBI's interest ratesMore »
CBI's interest rates
Overnight 5.00%
Loans against collateral 4.00%
Current account 3.00%
Exchange rateMore »
Currency 11.10.2019 Ch. *
USD 124.74 -0.31%
GBP 156.96 2.42%
CAD 93.96 -0.14%
DKK 18.44 -0.22%
NOK 13.73 0.03%
SEK 12.71 -0.20%
CHF 125.07 -0.81%
JPY 1.15 -1.06%
EUR 137.7 -0.22%
* Changes from last entry
Exch. Rate IndicesMore »
Exchange Rate Indices 11.10.2019 Ch. *
Narrow trade index** 181.58 0.07%
* Changes from last entry
** The index has been recalculated so that, on January 2, 2009, it was assigned a value equivalent to that of the now-discontinued Exchange Rate Index.
Other interest ratesMore »
Penalty rates from 1.10.2019 11.25%
11.10.19 REIBID REIBOR
O/N 2.800% 3.050%
S/W 3.000% 3.250%
1 M 3.200% 3.450%
3 M 3.450% 3.950%
1 Y 3.750% 4.250%


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Address: Kalkofnsvegi 1, 150 Reykjavik - E-mail: sedlabanki@sedlabanki.is
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