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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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    “Paris Of The North” Receives Glowing Review

    ScreenDaily says the Icelandic film “must be a contender for a major award and will be a regular feature at other international film festivals.” A review of Paris Of The North (París norðursins) was featured in today’s ScreenDaily, and the verdict is highly positive: “The wonderfully – and often beautifully – bleak landscape contrasts perfectly

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    Foreigners Charged More For Domestic Flights

    Eagle Air charges hire rates for domestic flights that are purchased through their English language website. Eagle Air’s director says it is “not unnatural” for tourists to pay more than locals for the same services. Eagle Air (or Flugfélagið Ernir) has two websites: one in English and the other in Icelandic. How much a person

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    Experts: Katla Not Erupting But Stay Away

    Geologists flew over Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the active volcano Katla, yesterday to investigate sudden glacial flooding in Múlakvísl river and Jökulsá river, reports RÚV.  “It is obvious that [the floodwater] is originating from Katla, but there is nothing that points to a major event,” said geophysicist Björn Oddsson.  Although glacial flooding in the area is not

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    Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised

    A policewoman is criticising gender inequality within Iceland’s Police Force after three men were appointed to senior positions despite applications from several qualified women, reports RÚV. Police Commissioner Stefán Eiríksson said that it was true that several qualified women applied for the positions but that the police force had to give the jobs to the most

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    Jón Gnarr: “In Jesus’ Name, Answer Me!”

    Former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr has once again spoken up about the Icelandic Name Committee, calling it “discriminatory” and only applicable to a “fraction of Icelanders”. “In Iceland, you can be named Jesus,” Jón Gnarr posted on his Facebook, Vísir reports. “The Name Committee can’t stop that. It doesn’t matter if you spell it with

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    Reindeer Farm Possibly In The Works

    Two Icelanders are hoping to start a farm of 200 reindeer, with the hopes of increasing that population tenfold over the next 10 to 15 years. RÚV reports that Stefán Hrafn Magnússon, a reindeer farmer based in Greenland, and Björn Magnússon, a former farmer with a keen interest in reindeer, have filed an application with

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    Pig Gelding Becoming More Humane

    Progress has been made in encouraging Icelandic pig farmers to abide the law where the gelding of pigs is concerned. “The large pig farms have hired veterinarians to geld pigs with anaesthetic,” Auður Arnþórsdóttir, a veterinarian at the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST), told Vísir. “All pig farms are obligated to use anaesthetic when

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    EasyJet Offering More Flights To And From Iceland

    Budget airline easyJet announced at a press conference today that the company will increase its flights to and from Iceland in the coming year. Commercial manager Ali Gayward said the airline will fly to eight destinations from Reykjavík, with new flights to Geneva and Gatwick starting in October and Belfast in December. With these changes,

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    Iceland Prepares To Phase Out Capital Controls

    Iceland is planning to sell six-year euro-denominated bonds in a push to ease the capital controls that have been in place since the economic collapse of 2008. According to Bloomberg, the government hired Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to handle the sale and the initial price talk on the

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