Multicultural Day Tomorrow!

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It’s that time again, and now the festival will be held at Harpa Concert Hall. As announced, festivities will begin…

“We Have An Inherently Flawed System” – Meet The Two Icelanders Who Tried To Stop A Deportation

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The Grapevine caught up with Ragnheiður Freyja Kristínardóttir and Jórunn Edda Helgadóttir, the Icelanders who were arrested yesterday for trying…

“This Is About Human Life” – Eze Tells His Story

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The Grapevine was able to reach Eze Okafor, a Nigerian asylum seeker who had been living in Iceland for four…

10% Of Working Icelanders Employed In Tourism Industry

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Iceland’s tourism industry has become a major source of employment in Iceland, and demand for labour will continue to grow….

Two New Presidential Polls Show Similar Results

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Two new polls on the presidential candidates have just been released in the wake of a third yesterday, all showing…

“Champagne Clubs” Frequently Charged With Prostitution, Human Trafficking

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Reykjavík’s “champagne clubs” have been implicated in human trafficking and prostitution on dozens of occasions since 2011. This came to…

Eze Deported This Morning – VIDEOS

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Two Icelanders were arrested while attempting to block the deportation of a Nigerian asylum seeker, whose case has raised questions…

UTL Ignores Appeals Board, Deports Asylum Seeker Anyway

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Despite a ruling from the Immigration Appeals Board that a Nigerian man who sought asylum four years ago cannot be…

Presidential Race: Guðni Still Way Ahead, Davíð Still Far Behind

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A new poll shows historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson still very far ahead of Morgunblaðið co-editor Davíð Oddsson in their bid…

Government Agrees To Accept More Refugees

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The Icelandic government has just agreed to accept another group of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, who are due to arrive…

State Prosecutor Wants Authority To Wiretap Government Officials

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Legislative changes are needed to give the State Prosecutor the authority to wiretap government officials suspected of bribery. RÚV reports…

Outpouring Of Support Saves Astronomy Website From Bankruptcy

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Iceland’s premier astronomy website was saved from bankruptcy within hours after news of its financial struggles was announced. As reported,…

Finance Minister Contradicts Former PM On Early Elections

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The Minister of Finance says there absolutely will be elections this autumn – provided parliament meets certain conditions. Social Democrat…

Icelandic Astronomy Website Facing Bankruptcy

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Iceland’s astronomy website, Stjörnu­fræðivef­ur­inn, is facing some hard times. MBL reports that the website filed for bankruptcy at the end…

Loophole In Law Regarding Human Trafficking

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The head of Iceland’s work supervisory authority says there is no law which can shut down an establishment for human…

Search For Sunken Treasure Ship Begins Again

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Another search has been launched for a Dutch merchant vessel which sunk off the south coast of Iceland in the…

Summer Far Kinder To Northeast Iceland Than Reykjavík

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The weather forecast for the next few days illustrates a common theme in Icelandic summers: the northeast gets better weather…

Sigmundur Davíð Will Continue In Politics

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has come forward again, after being on vacation for the past month in the…

Immigration Directorate Suppressing Coverage Of Asylum Seekers

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Video has emerged showing security at a home for asylum seekers threatening reporters with the police and sending them packing….

Forced Labour Case In Reykjavík Under Investigation

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A disturbing case of human trafficking, forced labour, and possibly kidnapping is now being investigated by the police. Stöð 2…

Icelandic Shops Refusing To Sell Whale Meat

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A major grocery store chain has issued a statement saying they will no longer sell whale meat at their Húsavík…

Seismic Activity Around Bárðarbunga

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The largest tremours since the eruption ended have been recorded around the Bárðarbunga volcano. RÚV reports that quakes measuring up…

Only About 22% Of Icelanders Believe The Presidency Is Necessary

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A new poll shows that only about 22% of Icelanders believe they need to have a president, and some want…

Former City Councilman Allegedly Hid Family Money In Offshore Account

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A city councilman who resigned in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations allegedly hid his father’s retirement fund overseas,…

Management: Shortened Work Week “Economic Terrorism”

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A representative of management has expressed grave misgivings about a shortened work week, despite positive results from a city experiment…

Tíu Dropar Closing This Summer

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The famed café will be shuttering its doors at its current location on Laugarvegur this July, after about 40 years…

Icelanders Work Longer Hours Than Other Nordic People

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Icelanders work as many or more hours per week than other Nordic people, but shortening fulltime hours at some workplaces…

PM Hoping To Respond To Increasing Tourism In South Iceland

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Some public offices in South Iceland are in need of help to address growing tourism, and the Prime Minister hopes…

Hidden Cave Excavated By Hand – VIDEO

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Two Icelanders took it upon themselves to open the entrance to a cave that was buried by a landslide 20…

Davíð Says Nation Would “Get Him For Free”, Is Already Costing Us

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Davíð Oddsson is touting himself as the bargain-basement presidential candidate, but his pension alone is amongst the highest in Iceland….

Pirates And Independence Party With Majority

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The Independence Party and the Pirates have virtually switched lead positions in a new poll from the University of Iceland….

Reindeer Invade Bakkafjörður – VIDEO

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A herd of reindeer recently visited the sleepy Icelandic town, leaving property and residents alike unharmed. RÚV reports that the…

Icelandic Towns Clamping Down On Tourist Accommodation

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Two Icelandic towns have recently placed heavy restrictions on how much tourist accommodation they allow. RÚV reports that Kirkjubæjarklaustur town…

Time To Change Your Winter Tires – Or Else

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Today is the last day you can drive on studded tires without getting slapped with a fine. Vísir reports that…

Concerned About Shops Throwing Away Too Much Food

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Entirely too much food goes to waste in Iceland, as some intrepid university students recently demonstrated. Vísir reports that design…

How Iceland Voted In Eurovision

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We may not have made it to the finals, but Iceland still participated through some interesting voting. Iceland once again…

Presidential Hopefuls Remain In Relatively Same Polling Position

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A new poll shows the current presidential candidates in about the same position they were in for a previous poll….

PSA: Look Out! Monday Is Also A Holiday

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Iceland loves Christian holidays, and Monday will be no exception. Today marks Whitsunday, the 7th Sunday after Easter. According to…

Blue Lagoon Free For Psoriasis Patients

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Icelanders who suffer from psoriasis can now receive the healing properties of the Blue Lagoon without cost. RÚV reports that…

MP Calls Protester “Loser” – VIDEO

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An MP for the Independence Party had some harsh words for peaceful protesters who assembled outside an annual gala dinner…

Majority Of Icelanders Still Against EU Accession

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The majority of Icelanders are against joining the European Union, and poll demographics show a clear class and political divide…

Calls On OSCE To Monitor Iceland’s Presidential Elections

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Presidential hopeful Ástþór Magnússon has sent a letter to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to send…

New Batch Of Names Run Naming Committee Gauntlet

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Today was a dark day for the Arianas of Iceland. Vísir reports that the Naming Committee has approved and rejected…

Reykjavík’s Shortened Work Week Experiment Yields Positive Results

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A year-long experiment with shorter work weeks at select Reykjavík City workplaces has shown encouraging results. Vísir reports that at…

Left-Greens Rise Up, Progressives In Trouble

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The Left-Greens have seen a significant upswing in support, while the party leading the country has fallen well into the…

No, You Cannot “Eat Anything Off Anyone’s Property” In Iceland

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A camper rental company has made contentions on their website about tourism in Iceland that are untrue, and could land…

Former PM Confirms Tax Returns Not In Keeping With The Law

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has made statements about his tax returns that are not confirmed by what the…

Colours Of Icelandic Flag Re-Confirmed By Law

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The Office of the Prime Minister has confirmed and made public what the legally established colours of the Icelandic flag…

New Campaign Warns Against Phone Driving

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Numerous Icelandic organisations have joined forces for a campaign encouraging people to stop phone driving. Nútíminn has posted another video…

Guðni Surges Ahead In New Presidential Election Poll

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About 70% of respondents to a new poll said they would vote for historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson if elections were…