AirBnB Having Complex Effects On The Rental Market

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AirBnB and tourist accommodation in general is having an effect on the local rental market, and it is hard to…

Vaping Will Be On Par With Tobacco Use, If Bill Becomes Law

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The use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, will be the same as smoking tobacco in the eyes of the law, if…

Immigration Appeals Board To Be Reduced Due To Budget Constraints

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Despite a plea for a budget increase due to an ever-increasing number of asylum applications, Parliament only allocated about half…

Icelanders To Hold Solidarity Protest With Romanians Today

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A snap protest will be held in front of the Icelandic parliament today in solidarity with the thousands of Romanians…

Queer Asylum Seekers In An Especially Vulnerable Situation

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The National Queer Organisation believes the Directorate of Immigration (UTL) needs to start taking into consideration the fact that gay,…

Iceland’s Seamen Strike Threatens British Cod & Haddock Supply

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Iceland’s seamen strike has had a rippling effect in other parts of the world, and now Brits are worried that…

But Is It Spring?

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The past “winter” has been exceptionally warm, and now that we are past the halfway point to the equinox, signs…

Iceland Jumps On “America First [X] Second” Bandwagon

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Never to be outdone by other countries, Iceland has also taken part in the recent craze of “America First [X]…

Birna’s Father: Greenlanders Are Our Friends

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Ordinary Greenlanders are reportedly being subjected to some ugly behavior from Icelanders in the midst of coverage of the ongoing…

Left-Greens Now Largest Party In The Country

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The Left-Greens have risen past the Independence Party in a new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR), and the…

Consumer Association Takes Issue With iPhone Ad

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The Consumer Agency has officially banned an Apple products retailer from using an advertisement featuring the animated work of Hugleikur…

Lightning Seen In Reykjavík Actually Touched Down In Westman Islands – VIDEO

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Readers across the greater capital area reported seeing a flash of lightning during yesterday’s storms, but the lightning itself actually…

Parliamentary Opposition Submits Proposal Condemning Trump

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Members of parliament from the Social Democrats, the Left-Greens and the Pirates have submitted a parliamentary proposal calling upon the…

Storms Rock Iceland, Replete With Rare Thunder And Lightning – VIDEO

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Just moments ago, thunder and lightning struck in Reykjavík – a very uncommon weather phenomenon in the midst of high…

Icelanders To Gather In Solidarity With Refugees

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Tomorrow, Icelanders will gather in front of parliament to bring a singular message to their government: we want more refugees…

City Swimming Pool Offers “Free Soup”

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An alert reader brought to Grapevine’s attention yet another reason why spellcheck is not enough. A new sign displaying the…

High Hopes And Great Expectations: Three Icelanders Share Their Thoughts On Our New Government

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Eleven weeks of negotiations have finally brought us a new government. Shortly thereafter, they made their joint platform public. Health…

The Murder of Birna Brjáns­dótt­ir: The Case That Gripped Iceland, And The World

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Last month, a young woman who was last seen walking down Laugavegur early one Saturday morning disappeared without a trace….

Missing In Iceland: Melatonin

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For better or worse, there are lots of things that you won’t find in Iceland. Amongst these things is melatonin….

People Are Feeding Ravens In The Westfjords

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The iconic Icelandic corvid is actually in decline across the country, but in the Westfjords, their numbers are not only…

Amir’s Fiancé Speaks Out: “I Am Crying Now As I Write This”

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The fiancé of Amir Shokrgozar, an Iranian asylum seeker who was unexpectedly arrested and deported last week, spoke candidly with…

Downtown Reykjavík To Increase And Update Security Cameras

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Reykjavík City Council voted in favour of putting 4 million ISK towards buying new security cameras for downtown Reykjavík and…

Between The Two Towers: The delicate balancing act of Óttarr Proppé

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Óttar Proppé is an unlikely politician. A bleach-blond, flat-capped figure dressed in 70s-style garb, he first entered the public consciousness…

Not A Chance In Hel

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Although the name “Hel” hails back to ancient Norse mythology, Iceland’s Naming Committee believes it would only cause problems for…

Iceland Got A Little More Corrupt In 2016

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The new government has its work cut out for it. Iceland lost a little credibility in 2016. It has, in fact,…

Faroe Islands Accepts Monetary Gift From Iceland After All

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Despite a message of “thanks but no thanks” from the Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs, today the director of the…

Birna Bid Farewell Today

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This afternoon, the funeral of Birna Brjánsdóttir will be held. Of the two suspects initially arrested in connection with her…

Alcohol Bill Could Legalise Booze In Stores, Though Parliamentary Fight Likely

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It is now more likely than ever that the sale of alcohol in private stores will become a reality in…

Unemployment Hits New Low

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Unemployment has been steadily been decreasing, year by year, and even long-term unemployment has dipped below 1%. RÚV reports that,…

Integration Of Syrian Refugees Reportedly Going Well

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All of the Syrian refugees brought to Iceland last year are reportedly integrating well into Icelandic society, and local authorities…

Gallup: Gov’t Losing Support, Opposition Gaining

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Every party in the ruling coalition has lost support in a new poll from Gallup, while the Left-Greens have seen…

Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported Tomorrow Morning

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Grapevine has just received word that Amir Shokrgozar, an asylum seeker from Iran, is currently in police custody. He will…

Parliament Debates: Can You Call The US President A Fascist?

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Two Pirate Party MPs have taken exception with US President Donald Trump and his policies, with both of them calling…

First Round Of Artists Announced For Iceland Airwaves

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Barely three months after last year’s Airwaves concluded, organisers have announced the first round of acts for Airwaves 2017. As…

Icelandic Citizen Granted Permission To Enter United States

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An Icelandic citizen who was initially denied entry to the United States on account of being born in Iran has…

Seismic Activity Recorded Around Numerous Volcanic Sites

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Bárðarbunga, Katla and Grímsvötn – all Icelandic volcanoes, and all of them have been showing signs of increased seismic activity….

Icelandic Citizen Denied Entry To US For Being Born In Iran

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An Icelander hoping to compete for his country in an international taekwondo tournament in the United States was denied entry…

Iceland’s President Personally Welcomes Syrian Refugees

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22 Syrian refugees arrived in Iceland yesterday, and President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson made it a point to invite them to…

MAST Warns Against Dining Like Former Prime Minister

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Just in case the lunch recently posted by former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson got your mouth watering, the Icelandic…

Iceland’s Gov’t Condemns Trump, While Ruling Coalition MP Condemns Asylum Seekers

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While the Icelandic government has condemned President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims from entering the United States, one Independence Party…

In Memoriam: Icelanders March For Birna

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Today, numerous Icelanders held a march in memory of Birna Brjáns­dótt­ir, whose body was discovered in south Iceland last week….

“Greater Than Usual” Chance Of Katla Eruption

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Recent activity at the site of the volcano now indicates a greater chance that it will erupt, but for now…

Most Icelanders Want To Increase Fines For Phone Driving

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Most Icelanders self-report using their phones while driving, and a new poll shows the vast majority of Icelanders also believe…

Icelandic Hot Dogs Available Soon In America

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Sláturfélag Suðurlands (SS), the company behind Iceland’s famous hot dogs, intend to expand their factory in order to make hot…

EU Parliament Looks To Iceland In Edward Snowden Discussion

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The European Parliament (EP) recently discussed the matter of Edward Snowden, and whether or not to allow him to travel…

Naming Committee Rejects “Hel”

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Although the name hails back to ancient Norse mythology, Iceland’s Naming Committee believes Hel would only cause problems for a…

Sperm Whale Beaches In North Iceland

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The Húsavík Whale Museum shared an incredible discovery last Tuesday. Iceland is known for its plethora of whales, drawing hundreds…

City Counseling Services For Immigrants Ends

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From the beginning of this year, Reykjavík counseling services for immigrants have been ended. In an statement from last December,…

Iceland Became More Corrupt In 2016

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Iceland lost a little credibility in 2016, and has become the most corrupt of the Nordic countries, according to the…

Charity Cancels “Furs For The Poor” Giveaway

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A much-criticised effort, initiated by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to hand out fur coats to Iceland’s…