Former Ministerial Cars To Be Auctioned Off Today

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Cars previously used as official government vehicles will be auctioned off today by the State Trading Centre. RÚV reports that…

EU Expedites Accession Process For Iceland

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The European Union has opted to speed up Iceland’s access process, with officials hoping to make the country a full…

Syrian Family Barred Entry To Celebrate Wedding

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A Syrian man and an Icelandic woman have waited nearly two years to hear whether or not his family could…

Plans For Keflavík-Reykjavík Train Drawn Up

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The train station for the proposed rail between Keflavík and Reykjavík has been drawn up, taking the dream one step…

Eagle Spotted Over Reykjavík

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Some capital area residents were treated to a rare sight this morning, when a white-tailed eagle was spotted flying over…

Foreigners Needed To Work In Tourist Industry

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Iceland will need to hire more foreign workers in order to keep up with the rapidly growing tourism industry, says…

Show Of Solidarity In Iceland Today For Murdered Afghan Woman

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Iceland’s Afghan community is calling upon everyone to meet at Reykjavík City Hall today at 16:00, to take part in…

New Batch Of Names Approved, And Rejected

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The Icelandic Naming Committee has given the green light to a few more names, and put the kibosh on a…

Fish Factory Worker Fights Back – With Song!

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One fish factory worker has responded to the wage inequity in her workplace in the catchiest way possible: with music….

Permission To Use Flag To Sell Products Could Be Expanded

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A bill from the Prime Minister would, if passed, expand how the Icelandic flag may be used for commercial purposes….

EU Referendum Still On The Table, Says Finance Minister

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Independence Party chairperson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson told parliament today that a national referendum on EU accession could still…

Wants The Police To Be Policed

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The Pirate Party of Iceland wants to develop an independent body which would be tasked with supervising the police force….

Meteorite Burns Up Over East Iceland (Probably)

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An astrophysicist is asking for more witnesses to come forward who may have seen a spectacular display over the east…

Tourist Industry Needs To Take Some Responsibility

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A member of Iceland’s Association for Search and Rescue (ICESAR) believes tourists are not solely to blame for needing to…

Pleasant Spring Ahead, Predicts Medieval Norse Superstition

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If the wisdom of the Old Norse calendar is any indication, this upcoming spring should be fair and mild. Before…

Tourists Believe There Are Too Many Tourists

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A significant portion of tourists polled believe there are too many tourists at some of Iceland’s natural attractions. Kjarninn reports…

Scouts Change Scouts’ Pledge

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The Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association voted last weekend to change their traditional oath to be “a better fit…

Jón Gnarr Now Officially Jón Gnarr

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It’s all but official now: Jón Gnarr will – as of Tuesday – be formally and legally Jón Gnarr, thanks…

Eddie Izzard To Perform In Iceland

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British comedian Eddie Izzard has decided to come to Iceland, and will hold a performance at the Harpa concert hall….

Red Cross Campaign Encourages People To “Be Nice” To Immigrants

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The Red Cross in Iceland has started a campaign called “Vertu Næs” (“Be Nice”), which encourages Icelanders to “respect people…

Most Icelanders Unhappy With Foreign Minister’s Handling Of EU

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Nearly two-thirds of Icelanders polled say they are unsatisfied with Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson’s dealings with the European Union….

Duck Blood And Crocodile Heads Unwelcome In Iceland

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If you were considering trying to bring a dried crocodile head to Iceland, we have some bad news for you….

Total Solar Eclipse Tomorrow Should Be Visible

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Tomorrow morning’s total solar eclipse should be fully visible in Iceland, at least in the capital area. Shortly thereafter, the…

Xenophobia, Ignorance And Útvarp Saga: It’s Bullshit-calling Time

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When it comes to discussions about immigration and multiculturalism in Iceland, most of our daily media focus has been on…

Vaccination Requirement For Kindergarten “Too Radical” For Mayor

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A proposal that would have denied unvaccinated children access to kindergarten was defeated in Reykjavik City Hall for being “too…

Wind Power Proving Good Choice For Iceland

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The first year of Iceland’s experiment with wind power is showing some promising returns. The National Power Company of Iceland…

Mass Strike Possible Next Month

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The Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) will begin a massive strike next month if the base…

Tourists Strip At Jökulsárlón

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A pair of tourists were caught on video stripping and playing on the ice at Jökulsárlón, to the divided opinion…

Mysterious Arctic Fox Death In The Westfjords

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Arctic fox populations in a remote corner of the Westfjords are declining fast, but the cause remains a mystery. Weather…

New “Christian Right” Party In The Works

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A new Icelandic political party is in the works that touts itself as conservative, Christian, and with a special emphasis…

Bus-Riding Class For Dogs: That Might Happen

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A trainer is considering starting a class for dogs and owners alike on how to ride the bus with a…

Thousands Protest Breaking EU Talks

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About 7,000 Icelanders protested in front of parliament today, objecting to Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (Progressive) declaring European Union…

Progressives Most Unpopular Choice For Ruling Party

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Nearly 40% of Icelanders consider the Progressive Party the party they would least like to see in the ruling coalition…

Shot And Killed Fox From Bedroom Window

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A farmer in the Westfjords shot and killed a fox from his bedroom window in the hopes of protecting the…

Thousands Coming To Iceland For the Solar Eclipse

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Tourists the world over are coming to Iceland by sea and air in the hopes of seeing the total solar…

Body Of Woman Found In Reykjavík Harbour

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The body of a woman found in Reykjavík harbour last Tuesday has been identified, police confirm. They do not suspect…

Former Minister Assistant Settles In Leak Case

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Former Interior Minister assistant Gísli Freyr Valdórsson has reached a settlement with Evelyn Glory Joseph, who was named in the…

Icelanders Have Spent Millions On “Shades Of Grey” Franchise

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Icelanders have spent about 87 million ISK on the Shades Of Grey books and movie. All three books in the…

Name Committee Warns Against Being Shut Down

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Iceland’s Name Committee has responded to legislation which would, if passed, shutter the doors on the institution. The bill in…

What To Name What Holuhraun Has Wrought

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Now that volcanic activity at Holuhraun has all but ended, an important question looms: what do we name the landscape…

Here’s A Summary Of Some Of What Happened In February

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but it made up for that by being packed wall-to-wall with…

40% Of Icelanders Want A Shorter Work Week

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New research shows that 40% of Icelanders support the idea of working fewer hours for the same pay. At the…

Most Icelanders Against Privatising Banks, Public Services

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The majority of Icelanders want to keep their public services public. Although there is a slight uptick in support for…

Predicts Hanna Birna Will Return To Parliament

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Chairperson of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson believes former Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will return to parliament. He added…

Most Tourist Rentals Illegal

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The majority of apartments and room for rent being offered to tourists have no legal permit to operate, despite efforts…

Strikes Could Be Around The Corner

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Most collective bargaining agreements between unions and management ran out March 1, and there is little optimism that new agreements…

New Research Warns Not To Let Tourism Overheat

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The Research Department of Íslandsbanki, while welcoming recent news that tourism continues to generate increasing revenue for Iceland, nonetheless expressed…

New Day Dawning For Chickens

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The days of confinement in cramped cages for egg-laying hens will, by 2021, be a thing of the past. Vísir…

Protest Report Illegal, Says Data Protection Authority

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A report compiled by former Chief Superintendant of the Police Geir Jón Þórisson entitled “Summary of the structure of the…

PM: “Inevitable” Iceland Looks Into “Proactive Investigations”

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Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson cautioned it would be “irresponsible” to believe terrorism cannot happen in Iceland, and that it…