Can We Place A Price Tag On The Central Highlands?

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The Icelandic Environment Association and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association (INCA) recently held a conference to bring together a diverse…

Iceland Strikes Again!

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The conventional wisdom says that Iceland is a happy, prosperous place with that strong Nordic welfare system. But if things…

A Tycoon Lays Claim To His Palace

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Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, the last remaining tycoon of the Icelandic financial miracle, has announced that one of the most iconic…

Who Knew Banking Was Really About Dead Cats?

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The Reykjavik District Court is now one week into what has been dubbed the “large Kaupthing market manipulation case.” So…

Is The Fear of Showering Naked Preventing Tourists From Enjoying The Best Iceland Has To Offer?

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Visits to the great public pools of Reykjavík have not increased anywhere near as much as city officials would have…

Bankers On Trial, Again

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The Reykjavík District Court began hearing oral testimony on Monday in the largest case relating to the events leading up…

Every Swimming Pool In The Greater Reykjavík Area, Rated

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Any visitor to Iceland simply must visit one of the island’s ubiquitous public swimming pools. This is not a request….

Bankers Behind Bars: Is Iceland Living Up To That Meme

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One frequently encounters foreigners who believe that Iceland offers a unique model of how to deal with a financial crash….

Islamophobia In Iceland: Dog Whistle Politics And Outright Xenophobia

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The last few weeks have seen a major outbreak of Islamophobia in Iceland. Following the attacks at the editorial offices…

The Curious Case Of The Banned Toothbrushes

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Last month, visir.is ran a story with a headline tantamount to “Children in Reykjavík not allowed to get toothbrushes,” prompting…

How To Incriminate Yourself Through Inaction

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After weeks of mounting pressure and criticism, Iceland’s Minister of Finance, Bjarni Benediktsson, finally came out on Wednesday in support…

The Christmas Sweater: Another Awful Imported “Tradition”

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Christmas is probably the best example of the power of globalized consumer culture, to be exact: how “traditions” are constantly…

WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Finally, An Icelandic Front

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Anyone who’s followed American politics, or switched to Fox News over the holidays, knows that a full blown war is…

Iceland’s Economy Shrinks In Third Quarter

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After years of growing at a respectable rate, the Icelandic economy seems to have stalled. According to the most recent…

The Nature Pass: The Stupidest Tax In History

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According to official estimates, the number of foreign tourists in Iceland will top the one million mark for the first time…

Military-Lite

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The biggest news item in Iceland during the past month was of course “The Curious Case of the Disappearing, Re-appearing…

The Endless Bubble Of Overblown Expectations

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In the spring of 2007, when the Icelandic financial bubble was reaching its peak, the Ministry of Industry held a…

Everything Counts

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Statistics Iceland (SI) raised a few eyebrows when the institution announced that it would as of September include estimates of…

Foreign Policy For Profit

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Last week, the Russian government announced they would respond to Western sanctions over the situation in the Ukraine with some…

Protestors Force The Police To Break The Law

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Last week, the National Audit Office of Iceland published a report criticising the National Police Commissioner for having violated laws…

Re-Imagining Money And Banking

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For the last three decades, Dr. Margrit Kennedy has been advocating for a transformation of the world money system, for…

THE ICELANDIC EDUCATION SYSTEM: A PRIMER

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The Icelandic education system resembles those of Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. There are four levels of education: day-care for…

The Case Against ‘The One Big University Theory Of Academic Excellence’

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One of the more common arguments heard in debates on higher education in Iceland, especially when it comes to university…

The Politisation Of Achievement

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Icelanders like nothing better than confirmations of their belief that they are somehow the greatest, the strongest, the most beautiful…

A Lesson In Radicalism

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The Radical Summer University, organised by a group of leftists from academia and activist groups, will take place in August…

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Black Swan?

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Following the financial crash of 2008 one of the most common comments made was that “nobody saw it coming,” and…

Playing The Game Of ‘This Time It’s Different’

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It is curious, when one considers how obvious it now seems that the Icelandic financial miracle was a giant bubble,…

Should Icelanders Be Ashamed Of Themselves?

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After the publication of the SIC report, there was a near unanimous agreement in Icelandic society that it was not…

Whose Fault Was The Giant Icelandic Consumption Boom?

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Considering the vast size of the recent Icelandic consumption boom that peaked in 2007, it is remarkable how little attention…

Building Giant ATMs

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Real estate prices, which had remained stagnant in real terms between 1988 and 2003—that is, they simply followed inflation—took off….

RVK9: WHAT DID WE LEARN?

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By mid March, the case against the Reykjavík Nine (who had been accused of conspiracy to attack Alþingi with the…

A FAILED ATTEMPT TO DISPIRIT ACTIVISTS

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While a verdict is still pending in the trial of The Reykjavik Nine, it’s safe to say that the prosecution…

The Decade of Failure

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While history—meaning: ‘the past’—does not change, history—meaning: ‘the narration of past events’—does in fact change. This is because we view…

The mysterious case of the disappearing neoliberal

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In the fall of 2008 there was no shortage of proclamations that the implosion of the global financial system meant…

Witnessing a show trial or seeing justice being done?

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At a hearing in the case of the state against the “Reykjavík nine” on August 17th, Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, counsel to…

Bubblicious!

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The collapse of the Icelandic financial system in October of 2008 did not only squash any dreams Icelanders had of…

The ‘Corporate Vikings’

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The most iconic image of the Icelandic financial bubble was that of the ‘Corporate Viking’—the financier who engineered one daring…

Attacks On Alþingi Are Of No Concern To Alþingi

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Last week the Speaker of Alþingi, Social Democrat Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir, was presented with the signatures of 705 people who…

The Poop Throwing Left Wing Conspiracy

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One of the oldest blogs in Iceland is VefÞjóðviljinn (“The People’s Will, on the Web”—The WebWill for short). The blog,…

Delusions Of Financial Grandeur

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As the Icelandic financial system came crashing down in the fall of 2008, Icelanders woke up to realize that the…

The Imaginary Anarchist Threat

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During its noon news broadcast on Friday, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service announced that police had been summoned to the…