Progressive Campaign Manager: Refugees “Slave Owners And Pimps”

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The campaign manager for the Progressive Party in Reykjavík has publicly declared asylum seekers to be “slave owners and pimps”….

Pets May Soon Be Allowed On Buses

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A petition that has been making the rounds through social media may soon translate into pets being allowed on buses….

Police Chief Broke Law In Asylum Seeker Leak Case

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The Data Protection Authority (DPA) has ruled that Reykjavík Police Chief Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, during her time as Suðurnes Police…

Reykjavík Experiments With Shorter Work Week

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The city of Reykjavík will be making a tentative experiment with a shorter full-time work week for some of their…

Banks Made Over 80 Billion ISK Last Year

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Iceland’s three banks made a combined total of 81.2 billion ISK last year alone, showing an increase of over 25%…

Tourist Business Unhappy With Civic Protection

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While Civic Protection in Iceland has been diligent about protecting Icelanders and tourists alike from the dangers of the Holuhraun…

Police Want Authority To Spy On Citizens

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The Icelandic police want the authority to “gather information” on individuals they deem a threat to public safety; the qualifications…

No “Special Treatment” For Convicted Bankers

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Director of the Icelandic Prison Service Páll Winkel wants the general public to know that the convicted Kaupthing bankers will…

What Kind Of Immigrant Are You?

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A few years back, I provided the Icelandic immigrant community with the gift of an article on The Three Stages…

To “Just Want A Discussion” About Islam

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If you’ve been following the news in Iceland over the past few days, or even if you’ve just passed through…

Enforcing The Status Quo

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Recently, we covered the story of an opinion piece written by Birgir Örn Guðjónsson – better known to the internet…

A Farewell To Arms

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The MP5 submachine guns Iceland received from Norway will be sent back, the Icelandic Coast Guard has announced. According to…

An Ornamental Resignation

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Today, (now former) Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir resigned from her post, one year and one day after…

Most Icelanders Want Interior Minister To Resign

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A new poll shows considerable opposition to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir staying in power – even from…

Rabbit Meat Is For Gentlemen

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After nearly a year of planning and preparation, free-range rabbit meat is now ready to hit Icelandic shelves. RÚV reports…

Health Minister Open To Medical Marijuana

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Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson said he considers legalising medical marijuana a possibility, and trusts the professionals where the…

43 Million For Three Ministerial Luxury Cars

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Vehicles to be bought for three government ministers will cost taxpayers 43 million ISK, as they happen to be luxury…

Nation Divided Over Debt Relief Package

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With the government’s debt relief package only days old, the response from the public has been decidedly underwhelming. According to…

Iceland Becoming More Peaceful?

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Most categories of crimes saw a decline over the past month, but there was a sharp increase in vehicle-related crimes….

Iceland To Donate Christmas Tree To Faroe Islands

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In the fine tradition of Nordic countries sending Christmas trees to each other, Iceland will be sending one of its…

Acid Rain Caused By Holuhraun Eruption

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Samples of rainwater taken around Iceland have shown that some parts of the country are being showered with acid rain….

Being The Other

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I won’t soon forget the day I was finally awarded Icelandic citizenship. Having moved to Iceland eight years previous, I…

About 13% Of Westfjords Residents Are Immigrants

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The percentage of residents of foreign origin in the Westfjords is nearly double the national average, although most immigrants live…

Icelandic Astronomers Elated Over Comet Landing

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Astronomers and astronomy buffs around the world celebrated the landing of Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Iceland was no exception….

Room For Improvement In Wiretapping

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The system for archiving wiretaps could stand a number of changes, a prosecutor told a conference of law students today….

The Trees Are Coming Down On Laugavegur

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Many merchants on Reykjavík’s main shopping street are distressed over a recent decision to cut down many of the trees…

Satanic Energy “Too Good For Progressives”, Say Satanists

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Some of Iceland’s pro-Satan faction have taken exception with artist Snorri Ásmundsson’s assertion that “Satanic energy” surrounds the Progressives, contending…

Interior Minister Assistant Confesses Leaking Tony Omos Memo

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Interior Minister assistant Gísli Freyr Valdórsson has confessed to leaking the memo on Tony Omos to select members of the…

What About The Renters?

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A city councilperson has pointed out that the government’s giant debt relief package is aimed at homeowners – not renters,…

Cinnamon Whisky Recalled

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A whisky intended only for American palates has been recalled by its Icelandic importer, as it contains more propy­lene glycol…

Greenpeace Criticises Icelandic Fishing Company

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A new report from Greenpeace accuses Samherji of engaging in environmentally damaging and possibly illegal fishing practices. Samherji’s director denies…

News In Brief: November

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Icelanders have once again grown fed up with their elected representatives, staging a massive protest demonstration in front of Alþingi…

High Levels Of Sulphur Dioxide In Capital Area

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SO2 from the Holuhraun eruption has enveloped southwest Iceland again, at levels high enough at times to warrant staying indoors….

Bus Company Forced To Sell Mercedes Jeep

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Mass transit company Strætó will have to sell the Mercedes jeep that was originally bought for managing director Reynir Jónsson….

Support For Government Gets Even Lower

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A new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) shows support for the ruling coalition now at about 33% –…

Business Owners: Alcohol Bill Does Not Go Far Enough

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The Icelandic Federation of Trade (FA) is unhappy with the bill to allow the sale of alcohol in stores –…

Protesters File For Damages Against State

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Ten protesters are filing for damages against the Icelandic state for actions police took against them at the Gálgahraun lava…

Prime Minister Surprised By Cleaning Staff Firings

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Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson says he was surprised by news that Government Offices had fired 18 professional cleaners, saying…

Residents File Written Complaint Against Planned Home For Disabled

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A group of Icelanders living near the proposed site of a home for the disabled have filed a formal complaint…

May Stop Free Plots For Religious Groups

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The Interior Minister has said that it is possible her ministry will examine whether or not to continue to give…

There Was No UFO Over Reyðarfjörður – VIDEO

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Those following the movements of extraterrestrial beings can breathe a little easier today, as it was confirmed that there was…

New Round Of Legalised Names!

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The Name Committee has approved a new batch of names that Icelanders can now legally give their children. Vísir reports…

Police Insist They Do Not Keep Records Of Political Opinions

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Despite evidence to the contrary, the Commissioner of the Capital Area Police says the police do not keep a record…

Sulphur Dioxide Cloud Over Reykjavík

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Sulphur dioxide levels in the capital area were so high today that a cloud of the volcanic gas could be…

Iceland May Return The Guns To Norway

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The Director of the Icelandic Coast Guard says it is possible Iceland will return machine guns to Norway, if it…

Government Fires Cleaning Staff To Save Money

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In an effort to save revenue, the Government Offices of Iceland fired 18 cleaning workers, all of them low wage-earning…

Gnarr May Be Considering Presidential Bid

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In light of a new poll showing public support of the idea, former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr may consider running…

Parliamentary Proposal To Change Time Submitted

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A new parliamentary proposal from multiple parties would, if passed, set the Icelandic clock back by one hour in the…

Electronic Ballots Could Increase Voter Turn-Out

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New research shows that offering the option of electronic ballots could increase voter participation. RÚV reports that research conducted by…

Iceland’s Next Christmas Tree Found

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October is barely over, but Norway has already picked the Christmas tree they will be sending to Iceland this year….