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Will Examine Arming Police Further

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Published April 30, 2012

The majority of Icelandic police want to carry tasers, and the Minister of the Interior intends to examine the case for allowing them to do so.
Icelandic police are unarmed, save for pepper spray in some cases. Only the Viking Squad, Iceland’s tactical police squad, carry guns. Icelandic police have regularly brought up the idea of being allowed to carry tasers, although the idea is regularly rejected by the Ministry of the Interior.
RÚV now reports that a new poll conducted by the Police Federation of Iceland shows that the majority of Iceland’s police force want to be allowed to carry tasers, and a portion of them want to follow the Norwegian model of being allowed to have handguns in their patrol cars.
Many police officers argue that their job has gotten more dangerous, and requires being better prepared. Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson said that while he understands the concerns of the police, he wants to approach the matter cautiously.
Ögmundur pointed out that the Viking Squad do carry guns, and that it’s one thing to be able to call for greater weaponry in a particular situation when needed, but quite another to be continuously armed in all situations.
No formal request for tasers and handguns has yet been submitted to the minister, but Ögmundur said he is prepared to discuss the matter further with the police.



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Icelandic Drug Market On Facebook

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The Icelandic drug market has made a move to social media. “Really well cut and good coke for the weekend,” one Facebook ad boasts. “You’ll feel it on the first line and won’t need another bump after 15 minutes – 15.000 ISK. Don’t buy coke off any old person, make sure you taste it first.” According to Vísir, drugs, pharmaceuticals and steroids are readily available and advertised through Facebook and other online mediums. “Far more people have access to [drugs through social media],” said Detective Chief Superintendent Friðrik Smári Björgvinsson. “A sign of changing times and a new reality. The police

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What To Name The New Lava Field

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As the Holuhraun eruption has spead lava over a wide swath of the country, Icelanders now ask themselves: what should we name the new lava field? As reported, magma pouring from the kilometres-long fissure in Holuhraun has now spread over an area comprising some 4 km2. When all is said and done, a new lava field will be born, which raises the important question of what to call it. Numerous suggestions have been brought up in the Icelandic media lately. MBL reports a number of suggested new names for the lava field. On the more obvious end of the scale,

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Little Change In Party Support, High Voter Dissatisfaction

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Two separate polls show little change in party support, although large numbers of voters are either undecided or dissatisfied with any of their options. Two polls have recently measured levels of support for the different political parties in parliament; one from Gallup (G) and one from Fréttablaðið (F). Their results are comparable, and while they show little change in support for different parties since the last poll, they also show a significant level of voter dissatisfaction. The Independence Party is the party with the greatest level of support in the country, at 28% (G) and about 31% (F). Both polls

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In terms of the weather alone, most Icelanders have been unhappy with this past summer, with one notable exception. According to a new poll from Market and Media Research, only 45.4% of Icelanders nationwide have been satisfied with the weather this past summer. This is up slightly from 44.9% for the summer of 2013, but way down from 96.3% for the summer of 2012. The trend can be attributed to what have been relatively cool, cloudy and rainy summer both this year and last, while the summer of 2012 was decidedly warmer and sunnier. Regionally, not all Icelanders were of

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Two Women Attacked In Downtown Reykjavík, Appeal For Witnesses

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Two women were first harassed and then assaulted in downtown Reykjavík in the early hours of Saturday 30th August. A man started accosting them in Hverfisgata, outside Bar 11, at about 4.45am, in both Icelandic and English. When his drunken advances failed, he started following and aggressively coming on to the two, resulting in him being slapped. He then attacked both women, hospitalizing one with facial cuts and two black eyes. One of the women was artist Rosalie Smith, who was on her last night in Iceland and has now returned to the United States. She has sent out a

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Holuhraun: 4 Square Kilometres Of Lava

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Lava exuding from the Holuhraun eruption stretches 3.5 kilometres from the centre of the fissure and measures approximately 1.6 kilometres at its widest point, reports Vísir. According to the Icelandic Met Office the Holuhraun fissure is 1.5 km long with continuous eruption taking place in a 600-800 m long central section. The area of the lava is roughly 4 square kilometres. Currently, none of the tributaries of the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum touches the lava edge. A white blueish cloud has been rising from the eruption but its white colour does not suggest that it is an ash cloud. The

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