Guns From Norway Have Yet To Be Returned

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Despite assurances made last November that guns from Norway intended for the Icelandic police would be returned, they still have…

Foreign Minister Spoke With John Kerry About Whaling

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Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson told reporters he and US Secretary of State John Kerry “understand and respect each other’s…

Tourists Spend Billions In Iceland

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Tourists in Iceland not only spent billions of ISK last April; their spending is also increasing. Kjarninn reports that according…

Bird-Flipping Bus Driver Still A Mystery

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The bus driver who has repeatedly given Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson the finger has not been identified, nor has the…

Police Can Do Little To Stop “Skutlarar”

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There is not much the police can do to stop people from offering to give other people rides in exchange…

Skólavörðustígur To Become Giant Waterslide

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The downtown street of Skólavörðustígur will have its continuous slope put to better use this July, when it is temporarily…

Weed-Stuffed Dildo Confiscated From Norræna Ferry

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Customs officials in the northeast village of Seyðisfjörður confiscated a mysterious dildo filled with marijuana, which they have since handed…

Employers Issue Warning They Will Raise Prices, Cut Jobs

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Business Iceland (SA) has warned that if workers succeed in getting their demands met, most SA companies will raise prices…

IFAW Objects To Fin Whale Meat Shipment

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) objects to an expect 1,700 tonnes of fin whale meat heading from Iceland…

Halldór Ásgrímsson, Former PM, Passes Away

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Former Prime Minister of Iceland and chairperson for the Progressive Party Halldór Ásgrímsson passed away yesterday following a cardiac arrest…

Iceland #1 In Gay Happiness

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Iceland ranks the top country in the world for the happiness of gay men, according to an extensive global survey….

Insufferable German Hipster Creates Reykjavík Videography

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A German hipster has put together a short video, wherein he shares his thoughts about Reykjavík. Spoilers: he is less…

Police Confirm: You Can Photograph And Record Them In Public

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Capital area police have confirmed that, despite the word of one officer, it is actually legal to photograph or video…

Gender Wage Gap Decreases Slightly, Unevenly

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The gender wage gap decreased slightly between 2013 and 2014, albeit unevenly across sectors. The financial sector showed the widest…

“Self-Appointed Morality Guard” Disrupts Reykjavík Queer Choir

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The Reykjavík Queer Choir was disrupted by a man who objected to the choir’s presence in a church and the…

Finance Minister Keeps Getting Flipped Off By Bus Driver

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Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson says the same city bus driver has given him the middle finger on several occasions when…

Tour Buses Breaking City Guidelines

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Despite city guidelines to the contrary, tour buses continue to drive and park in crowded, narrow residential streets. RÚV reports…

Nordic Council Nominates Icelandic Companies For Environmental Prize

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The Nordic Council has nominated three Icelandic companies for the Nature and Environment Prize. Last year, the City of Reykjavík…

Best Of The 24-Hour Live Sheep Farm Extravaganza

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RÚV has put together highlights from the 24-hour live broadcast of sheep giving birth on a farm in north Iceland….

Old Norse Weddings Becoming More Popular For Same-Sex Couples

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Iceland is not just a popular spot for same-sex weddings; an increasing number of couples are opting to get married…

Eve Online Players Raise Thousands To Help Nepal

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Players of the MMORPG Eve Online have raised over $68,000 USD to help survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck…

Proposal On Changing The Clock Hangs In The Balance

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A parliamentary proposal to begin setting the clock back an hour in the winter is being contested in committee. The…

Excessive Drinking On The Rise In Iceland

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Iceland is one of few OECD countries where alcohol consumption has increased over the past 20 years. RÚV reports that…

Iceland To Drastically Reduce Plastic Bag Use

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Following an EU directive, Iceland will reduce its consumption of plastic bags by 80% over the next three years. RÚV…

Strikes Are Good For Us All

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Over the past six weeks or so, more and more unions have been joining the fray of demanding living wages…

Jón Gnarr’s Name Change Involved FBI Background Check

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Former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr’s name-changing process involved having his criminal background assessed by the FBI. “Unbelievably”, he had no…

Former PM: Kaupthing Emergency Loan “A Mistake”

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Former PM Geir H. Haarde told viewers in a televised interview that lending the failing Kaupthing bank 500 million euros…

Party Support Takes Major Shifts Since Elections

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A new Gallup poll shows shifting lines of support between parties in Iceland’s parliament, some of them quite dramatic. According…

Foreign Minister: “Not Practical” To Put EU Question Up For Parliamentary Vote

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Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson insists Iceland is not seeking accession, saying putting the matter up for parliamentary vote is…

Need To Be “Confirmed” Muslim To Wear Hijab In Passport Photo

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Muslim women in Iceland need to show “proof” of their faith in order to be able to wear a hijab…

Live From Skagafjörður, It’s Sheep Giving Birth!

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Viewers will be treated to 24 hours of sheep giving birth to lambs, on live television, and farmers will be…

News In Brief: May

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As per hallowed Icelandic media tradition, Grapevine joined in the fun of kicking off the month of April with fake…

Whale Watching Companies Against Whale Hunting

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Numerous whale watching groups are baffled by the resumption of whale hunting in Faxaflói Bay, one of the largest whale…

Constitution Society Appeals To UN Human Rights Committee

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The Constitution Society has sent an appeal to the UN Human Rights Committee to change a ruling that was based…

Compostable Bags Pollute, Too

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Compostable shopping bags made from corn are not entirely green, an engineer from the waste management company Sorpa says, explaining…

President’s Salary Increases By About 300,000 ISK Since Bank Crash

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The Icelandic president’s salary has increased since the bank crash by the same amount many workers are now striking to…

It’s Official: Laugavegur To Be Closed For Four Months

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Reykjavík City Hall has reached a compromise, and downtown’s main drag will now be (virutally) car-free for four months. RÚV…

Photos From Multicultural Day

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Hundreds attended yesterday’s Multilcultural Day, celebrating the diversity of Reykjavík’s many residents. Iceland’s capital is home to over 160 nationalities,…

Journalists May Strike

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The Union of Icelandic Journalists (BÍ) could be one of the next unions to go on strike, possibly as early…

Mausoleum Empty, Prompts Spooky Stories

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An Icelander taking a stroll through the picturesque Hólavallagarður Cemetary noticed the door to the well-known Sturlukapella mausoleum was open….

British Airways Resuming Flights To And From Iceland

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After a seven-year absence, British Airways is finally coming back to Iceland. RÚV reports that the airline will be offering…

In Time For Whaling Season, Sea Shepherd Returning To Iceland

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Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd will be sending ships to Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands in the weeks to come,…

Icelander Comes In Fifth In Mr. Gay World Competition

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An Icelander who wants to lift the ban on blood donations from homosexuals went to fifth place in the Mr….

Multicultural Day This Saturday!

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This Saturday, the city of Reykjavík will celebrate the diversity of its residents with the Multicultural Day festival. According to…

Yet More Unions Join Strikes

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Many more trade unions have made the decision to vote on whether they will join the strikes already in progress….

EU Still Considers Iceland An Accession Nation

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Despite a strongly-worded letter from Iceland’s Foreign Minister, the European Union appears to still consider the country on its way…

Perfect Weather For Wasps

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As sunny skies and relative warmth have visited the capital area lately, Icelanders are not the only ones enjoying the…

Beached Whale Spotted

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A minke whale has been discovered beached on the shores of Vogar, already dead when witnesses first stumbled upon it….

Work Stoppages And Strikes This Month

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Some 50,000 people will be taking part in work stoppages and strikes this month if management does not meet the…

Nordic Countries Best Place To Be A Mom

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Iceland is amongst the best countries in the world to be a mother, far ahead of even the US and…