“Home Of Leifur Eiríksson” Mourns Beginning Of Trump Presidency

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Today, Donald J. Trump officially becomes the 45th President of the United States of America. The entire world is aware…

Icelanders Love Sugar, Not So Keen On Fruits And Vegetables

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Icelanders eat more sugary foods and fewer fruits and vegetables than other Nordic peoples. At the same time, they also…

Asylum Applications Triple Between The Years

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Over 1,100 applications for asylum were submitted in 2016; about three times more than the year previous. Most of these…

Faroese Conservatives Want To Host Trump-Putin Summit

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A conservative opposition party in the Faroese parliament believes their country would be the ideal hosts for a possible summit…

First Poll Of New Year: Left-Greens Surge, Ruling Coalition Dips

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The first Market and Media Research (MMR) poll of 2017 on levels of party support shows the ruling coalition taking…

Arrests Made In Connection With Missing Woman

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Three crew members of the Greenlandic ship Polar Nanoq were arrested by Icelandic police yesterday in connection with the disappearance…

Former Wikileaks Spokesperson On Manning Sentence Commute: “Victory For Justice”

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Former Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson took to Icelandic radio today on the occasion of whistleblower Chelsea Manning having her sentence…

“My Life, My Death, My Choice” – A Reader Responds To Possible Assisted Suicide Legislation In Iceland

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An Australian man who had to help his suffering wife pass away peacefully, and is now facing the prospect of…

Greenland Trawler Returning To Iceland In Connection With Missing Person Case

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While police say no one is under suspicion of criminal activity in the case of a young Icelandic woman who…

National Church Continues To Shrink In Membership

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New figures from the National Registry show that Iceland’s national church is still losing more members than it is gaining,…

“Warm Beach” To Open In East Iceland

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In just a couple years’ time, Nauthólsvík will no longer be the only warm-water beach in Iceland. RÚV reports that…

Search For Missing Woman Yields Disturbing Clues

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Surveillance footage recovered from Laugavegur on the night Birna Brjáns­dótt­ir disappeared, in addition to police finding what might be her…

Top 5 Places Trump & Putin Should Go If They Meet In Iceland

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Last weekend, The Sunday Times reported that US President Elect and short-fingered shouting enthusiast Donald Trump might be planning a…

Tourist Information Centre Opens in City Hall

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The Reykjavík Tourist Information Centre has opened at City Hall today, moving from its previous location at Aðalstræti 2. In…

Topless Bather Elicits Both Criticism And Praise

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There is no law that bans topless bathing in Reykjavík area pools. This fact was recently brought forward in the…

Search Continues For Missing Woman

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Family members and police are stepping up efforts to find Birna Brjáns­dótt­ir (seen above), who went missing last Saturday. Capital…

Cheap Eats

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How to feed yourself and survive in Reykjavík Every time I see tourists shopping for basic food staples at high-end…

Wants To Establish “Right To Die” Legislation In Iceland

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A newly-formed special interest group hopes to advocate for changes to Icelandic laws that would allow for assisted suicide under…

Up To 4,000 Foreign Workers Needed Next Year

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Domestic workers decreased last year, and Business Iceland predicts that if this trend continues, anywhere from 2,500 to 4,000 foreign…

“Impassable” Reportedly Confusing To Some Tourists

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The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA) intends to swap out road closure signs that use the word “impassable”, as…

Mysterious Bearded Man Distributing Bibles To Children

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An unknown and apparently harmless man has been offering copies of the New Testament to primary school children in Akranes,…

Game Of Thrones Team Back In Iceland

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The Game Of Thrones crew is back in Iceland again, and parts of Season 7 will be filmed here. Bear…

Big Changes In The Pipe For Iceland’s Government

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The Foreign Minister does not want Iceland to join the European Union; the Justice Minister wants to reform the court…

2016: The Top Animal News Stories

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We all had a nice year, right? Even though there are plenty of people happy to see this year come…

2016: The Top Tourism Stories

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We all had a nice year, right? Even though there are plenty of people happy to see this year come…

Seamen Strike Continues, New Minister Says Strikebreaking Law “Out Of The Question”

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While one of the main organisers of a demonstration of seamen has vowed that they will remain on strike, even…

17-Year-Old Asylum Seeker Imprisoned, Despite Int’l Law And Child Protective Services

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A 17-year-old asylum seeker was arrested upon arrival in Iceland for carrying a false passport – despite international law forbidding…

2016: The Year In News

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We all had a nice year, right? Even though there are plenty of people happy to see this year come…

Meet Iceland’s New Government

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The joint platform and the ministers for Iceland’s new right-wing government have been announced. Nothing indicates the country is now…

Iceland’s New Right-Wing Government To Be Announced Tomorrow

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Iceland’s new government will be comprised of the Independence Party, the Reform Party, and Bright Future. Independence Party chairperson Bjarni…

Dispute Over Snowmobile Tour Mishap

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A snowmobile tour that resulted in an Australian couple getting lost and requiring a lengthy search has been the focus…

Law On Foreigners Expands Police Power

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Police can search homes without a warrant if they suspect someone is helping a foreigner conceal information from authorities, and…

Man Convicted Of Brewing Crowberry Wine

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A man in his sixties was sentenced to pay almost 900,000 ISK in fines and legal fees after being convicted…

1.7 Million Tourists In 2016

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The number of visitors to Iceland increased by 40% between 2015 and last year, and there are as yet no…

Great Weather For A Bonfire!

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If you were hoping to celebrate Twelfth Night by attending a bonfire, the weather gods are on your side. Today…

Church Vandal Apprehended, Released

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Police in Akureyri apprehended a suspect charged with vandalising a series of churches with epithets and slogans Tuesday night. RÚV…

If You Do Nothing, Nothing Changes: An Interview With Sema Erla Serdar

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Sema Erla Serdar, a Social Democrat who has been very active on the subject of foreigners in Iceland, was distraught…

Cold Snap Headed For Reykjavík Tomorrow

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Gale force winds will descend upon the country today, and temperatures will drop in the capital area over the weekend….

Iceland Burns Thousands Of Tonnes Of Coal Each Year, Thanks To Heavy Industry

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Iceland burns over 160,000 tonnes of coal yearly, and this will increase to well over 200,000 tonnes of coal over…

Quake Recorded Near Katla This Morning

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A tremor measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale was recorded just west of the Katla volcano early this morning, RÚV…

“HEGELIAN DIALECTIC” Amongst Tags Spray Painted On Akureyri Churches

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Several churches in Akureyri were struck by what appears to be one vandal late last night, and some of the…

20 Square Metres For 115,000 ISK Per Month

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An Icelander offering a 20m2 room by Kringlan for the princely sum of 115,000 ISK per month has caught the…

United Silicon Plant Releases More Toxic Emissions – VIDEOS

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Videos taken by workers within the United Silicon plant shows tremendous amounts of toxic emissions being released into the air…

Icelandic Meteorologist Encourages Viewers To Boycott China

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An Icelandic meteorologist is so concerned about climate change that he took the opportunity of the evening weather forecast to…

Election 2016: Other Parties In Talks, Without Pirates

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While three of Iceland’s right-wing parties are now in formal talks about creation the country’s next government, other parties have…

Faroe Islands: Thanks But No Thanks, Iceland

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While the gesture of goodwill is appreciated, the Faroese will not be needing any financial assistance from Iceland in the…

Iceland Is Weird But So Great #7: The Pagan Yule

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The Christmas season may be behind us now, but did you know that Christmas is loaded with heathen trappings? In…

First Child Of 1980 Gives Birth To First Child Of 2017

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The first child born in Iceland in 2017 arrived yesterday at just three minutes into New Year’s Day, Vísir reports,…

Not Too Many Fireworks-Related Injuries This Year

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There were a lot fewer fireworks-related injuries this year than even just a few years ago, but pollution from them…

It’s Official: Right-Wing Government In The Works

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President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has again given the mandate to form the next government to Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson….