Basque Now Free To Visit Westfjords Without Being Murdered

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Visitors to Iceland from Basque country can rest easy knowing a medieval pronouncement to kill all Basque in the Westfjords…

Icelander Wanted By Interpol

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An Icelander has once again made it into Interpol’s wanted fugitives list, and this time not for economic crimes. RÚV…

Artist Who Dyed Geyser Refuses To Pay Fine, Leaves Country

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The artist who made headlines dyeing the geyser Strokkur pink will not pay the fine he was issued, and has…

MP To Make Millions Off Fishing Bill

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The wife of a Progressive MP stands to make millions from a bill her husband is partially responsible for crafting….

Artist Dumps Red Dye In Geyser

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Tourists greeted with the sight of Strokkur erupting in a bright pink colour have apparently seen the latest work by…

Unemployment Continues Yearly Decline

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Unemployment in Iceland for the month of March is now at 4%, down by over 2% from this time last…

It’s Birch-Tappin’ Time

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That time of year is upon us again: when Icelandic birch trees will be tapped for the delicious and purportedly…

Icelandic MPs Want To Extend Rescue Ship Loan To Mediterranean

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Some of Iceland’s MPs want to extend the country’s loan of a ship to the rescue effort in the Mediterranean….

First Day Of “Summer” Is Here

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Today marks “the First Day of Summer” in Iceland, and the cold temperatures today promise warmer temperatures during Actual Summer….

Young Social Dems Launch #OccupySaga

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In response to repeated statements of intolerance from radio station Útvarp Saga, the Young Social Democrats have proposed a day…

Tax Money Used To Assess Feasibility Of Suing Journalists

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The Interior Ministry paid a private law firm 860,000 ISK to assess the feasibility of suing journalists writing about the…

Cops Want More Guns, Again

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Iceland’s police force is making another attempt to acquire machine guns, despite widespread public opposition the last time they tried….

Workers Overwhelmingly Approve General Strike

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Some 10,000 workers will go on strike for an increase in the minimum wage, as nearly 95% of them approved…

The “Nature Pass” Is Dead

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The long-contested and controversial “Nature Pass” has died in parliament, of natural causes. Vísir reports that the bill will not…

Hafnarfjörður To Be Adorned With Hafnarfjörður Jokes

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The seaside town will soon be festooned with classic jokes, in Icelandic and English, that poke fun at people from…

Connection Between Power Plant Emissions And Death Will Not Be Investigated

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Despite research showing a connection between sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions from geothermal plants and shortened lifespans of those who live…

Distrust In Coalition Leaders Grows

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Public distrust grows and confidence shrinks for Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, a new poll…

Iceland Ranks 3rd In Per Capita Electronic Waste

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There might be a lot of ways that Iceland is green, but handling electronic waste isn’t one of them. The…

How Wiretapping Is Used In Iceland

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Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, an MP for the Pirate Party, posed a formal question to the Ministry of the Interior on…

Immigrants Work More For Less Pay

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New research on immigrants in the workforce shows they tend to work longer hour for less pay than their Icelandic…

Unions Leaders Let Corporate Head Hear It

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After awarding himself a huge bonus, the chairman of a major fishing company has found himself at the receiving end…

Iceland’s Passport: Room For Improvement

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An Icelandic passport can take you to many countries without a visa, but still fewer than any Scandinavian country. According…

Protesters Sprayed, Pushed To The Ground, Arrested

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A small group of protesters were met with a water hose and physical force from parliament security, with one arrest…

Progressive Wants “All Muslims Out” Of Iceland

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A municipal representative for the Progressive Party believes Iceland’s Muslims are “rapists and perpetrators of violence”. When reached by the…

Microloan Companies Sell E-Books Instead Of Charging Interest

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Two microloan companies have started selling e-books on their sites, the prices of which cover the fees normally charged for…

Icelanders Hope To Produce “Insect-Powered” Protein Bar

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A pair of Icelanders hope to produce the first power bar using cricket flour, and make a compelling case for…

Tour Guide Pleas For More Toilets

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A tour guide points out that one element is sorely lacking from the Icelandic landscape – more outdoor toilets for…

So Much For Summer, Too

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If current projections pan out, this summer in Iceland will be colder than average. MBL spoke with meteorologist Trausti Jónsson…

PM’s Assistant Was In Punk Band

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One of the Prime Minister’s assistants, Jóhannes Þór Skúlason, was a bass player for punk rock band Vafasöm síðmótun (“Questionable…

General Strike Looking More Likely

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With little room for agreement between labour and management on the subject of increasing the minimum wage, a series of…

Domestic Violence Survivor Given 30 Days To Leave Iceland

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A survivor of domestic violence who divorced her abuser has been given 30 days to leave the country, or face…

Tony Omos Receives Settlement In Leak Case

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Asylum seeker Tony Omos was awarded restitution for damages caused by a memo which was leaked illegally from the Interior…

It’s NATO Exercises Season Again

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NATO aircraft will once again return to Icelandic airspace, to conduct military exercises over the course of the next few…

Vast Majority Of Icelanders Like Tourists

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Almost 98% of Icelanders polled on the subject have a positive opinion of tourists in their country, including those who…

General Strike Could Begin May 1

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A proposed general strike could begin at the start of next month, a labour union coalition leader confirmed. Björn Snæ­björns­son,…

ATMs Emptied Over Easter

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Tourism, Easter closings, and confirmation season all converged on a single weekend, emptying most of downtown Reykjavík’s bank machines of…

Slim Majority Against Withdrawing EU Accession Application

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A slim majority of Icelanders are opposed to the Foreign Minister’s desire to withdraw Iceland from European Union accession. At…

Crucifixion Likened To Revenge Porn

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A pair of ministers devoted their Easter mass to the subject of revenge porn and #freethenipple, likening the crucifixion itself…

Domestic Violence Survivor May Be Deported

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An American citizen who divorced her Icelandic ex-husband now faces deportation for “not having enough ties to the country”. “My…

Objects To Closing Laugavegur For Five Months

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A representative for some merchants on Reykjavík’s main shopping street objects to a proposal to close Laugavegur from May to…

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….