Iceland has a compensation program that provides financial compensation for victims who suffer losses as a result of crime.
Report to police. Yes; immediately.
Filing period. Within 2 years of the date the crime was committed.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Foreign national residents are eligible to apply for compensation. Foreign nationals who are in Iceland for a short time (e.g., foreign tourists) are excluded.
There is currently no special application form to fill out. The victim (or his or her next-of-kin) writes a letter to the Compensation Committee, in care of the Ministry of Judicial and Ecclesiastical Affairs, and provides information about the crime and the request for compensation. To support their claims, victims should submit a police report, medical bills, and other evidence of loss. Claims are processed within 2 to 3 months, or up to 1 year, depending on the case. A decision can be delayed if the case is before the courts or if the victim fails to provide the necessary evidence to justify the claim. There is no administrative appeal; however, a decision of the Compensation Committee could be appealed to the courts.
Benefits and Award Limits
Minimum of ISK100,000.
The maximums are:
Emergency awards. The program does not provide emergency compensation awards.
Funding sources. Funds come from a special section of the Ministry's budget. The state can claim repayment from the offender.
Compensation Board (Botanefnd), Ministry of Judicial and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Arnarhvoli, 150 Reykjavik, Iceland