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    Sea Cucumber Bubble Pops

    Iceland’s sea cucumber exporting business, a booming industry in its time, is now on the wane. Vísir reports that numerous locations around Iceland that once exported sea cucumbers have had to decrease production or shut down altogether. Seafood company Reykofninn-Grundarfirði ehf. was the first to begin exporting sea cucumbers, in 2005, to east Asian countries

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    Legality Of “Tourist Prices” For Domestic Flights Questioned

    It is unclear whether or not it is illegal to charge Icelanders and foreigners two different prices for the same domestic flights. As reported, Eagle Air (or Flugfélagið Ernir) has two websites: one in English and the other in Icelandic. How much a person is charged for a domestic flight depends on which site they

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    Pamphlets On Civil Rights For Concert-Goers

    An Icelandic civil rights group will be handing out pamphlets at music festivals informing people of their legal rights when confronted by police. Snarrótin, a civil rights group in Iceland, has taken issue with the way police conducted themselves at the Secret Solstice music festival, Vísir reports, claiming that “cultural profiling” was used by police

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    Snuff Tobacco Sales Rise

    The sale of nasal tobacco has risen by 36% in the past 6 months compared to the same time last year, reports RÚV. “It is very sad news because of all the positive developments Iceland has made with tobacco awareness in past few years,” said Health Minister Kristján Þór Júlíusson.”Especially with younger people. It’s obviously very

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    Iceland’s Euro Bonds Yield 2.6%

    The six-year euro-denominated bonds Iceland put up for sale in preparation to phase out capital controls have yielded 2.6% and mark a good return to the European market, reports Bloomberg.  “We are happy,” Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson said. “We are refinancing all of our old obligations and the terms that we’ve had so all in

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    Spain Replaces UK As Iceland’s Largest Fish Market

    The sales volume of Icelandic cod to Spain surged 42.9% in the first five months of 2014, replacing the UK as Iceland’s largest market, reports Undercurrent News. According to the latest Seafood Intelligence report for Icelandic cod, sales to Spain were 44,820 metric tonnes, compared to 31,365 tonnes over the same period in 2013. Prices

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    Costco “Misunderstood” By Some Icelanders

    An Icelander living in Canada told Icelandic radio that the fears of Costco coming to Iceland are based on erroneous information and misconceptions. “I think the discussion has gone in the direction of their being this American company coming here and making huge demands, trying to get around the law, and all that,” Jenný Stefanía

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    New Skeifan Could Be “Like SoHo”

    Plans are already in the works to rebuild the Skeifan district of east Reykjavík, only days after a fire raged through several businesses in the area. Vísir reports that Reykjavík city council is reviewing ideas to change the planning dynamics of Skeifan, a neighbourhood known primarily for small to mid-sized businesses, with about 50% of


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    UKLA Award For Icelandic Author

    The English translation of Andri Snær Magnússon’s “The Story Of The Blue Planet” has won the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) award. Andri Snær shared the news of the award, for the category of literature for children aged 7 to 11, which honours authors writing children’s literature taught in a classroom setting. This makes the first

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    Naming Committee: Sorry, Not Sorry

    The chairperson of Iceland’s naming committee, Ágústa Þorbergsdóttir, has said that the committee is here to stay–and that should it be dismantled, the development of names in Iceland could go down a dark path, reports RÚV. Ágústa said that without the naming committee people would begin to name their children letters, like, ‘S’, or give their

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    Seriously, Stay Away From Katla

    Tourists and tour companies are ignoring instructions from the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, the police and scientists to steer clear of Mýrdalsjökull and Sólheimajökull which border and cover Katla, reports RÚV. As reported, although there are no indications of an eruption, the area is considered dangerous. This is not only due to glacial flooding

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    Sigur Rós: Too Sexy For Google

    Google has been pressuring at least one music website to censor album art considered “sexually explicit”, including the cover for Sigur Rós’ Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The Independent reports that popular music website Drowned in Sound (DiS) has been told by Google that they must censor or remove “sexually explicit” album art

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