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  • Bishop Blames Immigration For People Leaving The Church

    Bishop of Iceland Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir believes people leaving Iceland and foreigners coming in contribute to the high numbers of people deregistering from the National Church. Addressing attendees at an ecumenical council last Saturday, RÚV reports, the bishop offered a number of explanations for why more people are leaving than joining the National Church. “One

  • Most Consider Themselves Unsafe Downtown

    Over half of those who responded to a poll done for the police said they feel unsafe downtown after dark or after midnight on weekends. MBL reports that, according to a poll conducted by the Social Sciences Department of the University of Iceland (at the behest of the police), 55% of respondents said they considered

  • Labour Leaders Prepare For Hard Road Ahead

    Leaders of several trade unions say they are getting ready to take a harder stance against management this year, with the need for solidarity amongst workers especially emphasised. The temporary collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon earlier this year is soon reaching a close, and many professions – such as music teachers and doctors

  • Tips & Tricks From Veterans

      In lieu of writing our annual “Guide To Not Losing Your Shit At Iceland Airwaves,” we decided to solicit advice from some of our Airwaves savvy friends. Best of luck out there! “General rule: If you’re too cold during Airwaves, it means you’re not partying hard enough. Take extra vacation for recuperation, plan out

  • Seven New Projects To Catch This Airwaves

    Each Iceland Airwaves festival features a gobsmackingly large number of bands, and this year is no exception with 220 in the lineup. It’s not everyone and their grandmothers playing, mind you. Festival organisers have put a lot of energy into vetting the bands, and turned down 200 local and 700 international acts. “Airwaves is a

  • Iceland Demanded Secrecy Over Weapons Purchase

    The Icelandic Coast Guard demanded that its purchase of 250 machine guns from the Norwegian army would not be made public, according to RÚV. The request for secrecy was made as early as December 2013. This was revealed when RÚV asked the Norwegian Army to see the contract between the two parties. The Army replied,

  • FM Belfast Cover Ghostbusters Theme Song

    GGG is the title of an art exhibition devoted to three films from the 1980s, whose titles, fittingly, start with G: Gremlins, Goonies and Ghostbusters. Thirty artists take part in the exhibition. Among those are members of FM Belfast, who made a cover of the Ghostbusters’ theme song for the occasion: The exhibition will open

  • Of Horses And Men Awarded Nordic Council Film Prize

    Wednesday night, director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, received the Nordic Council Film Prize for the 2013 comedy Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss). This is the first time an Icelandic film wins the award, established in 2002. The award committee said that the director “demonstrates a profound understanding of the primal

  • Icelandic “Kokteilsósa” Origin Called Into Question

    Iceland’s ubiquitous kokteilsósa (“cocktail sauce”) did not come from Iceland, as was recently asserted, but variations of the condiment can be found across continents. Master chef Úlfar Eysteinsson told listeners on Reykjavík siðdegis last Wednesday that the pink sauce found on countless Icelandic burgers and sandwiches was “completely Icelandic”, allegedly first concocted by Magnús Björnsson.

  • Norway Wants Their Gun Money From Iceland

    Despite the repeated claims of Icelandic officials to the contrary, the Norwegian government wants Iceland to pay actual money for the guns they sent us. DV reports that Bent-Ivan Myhre, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, does not share the opinion of the Icelandic Coast Guard that, despite their being a signed sales

  • Sulphur Dioxide Back In The Capital

    It looks as though our long-term friend sulphur dioxide will be spending a couple days in the capital area – starting tonight. MBL reports that there were low levels of SO2 from the Holuhraun eruption in the capital area today. The highest levels were recorded in the east Reykjavík neighbourhood of Grafarvogur, where sulphur dioxide

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