Education Minister: No More Military Testimonials - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Education Minister: No More Military Testimonials

Published June 16, 2011

The Minister of Education intends to send a statement to every secondary school in the country to put a stop to foreign armies speaking to students about serving in their militaries.
As Grapevine reported, Icelander Hilmar Páll Haraldsson, a soldier in the Norwegian army, has been visiting three secondary schools in Iceland over the years, extolling the benefits and virtues of serving in the Norwegian military. The practice has sparked a great deal of controversy, not least of all because it violates Article 114 of the Icelandic Penal Code, which states, “Those who recruit people within the Icelandic state to join a foreign army shall be sentenced to up to two years in prison.”
RÚV now reports that Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs Svandís Svavarsdóttir intends to send a letter to every secondary school in the country, where it is recommended that foreign armies not be allowed to send representatives to Icelandic schools for such a purpose.
Whether or not actual charges will be pressed over the matter still remains to be seen.

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