A group of New Zealanders who have come to Iceland each fall to take part in the annual sheep slaughter have returned. Now that autumn is upon us, thousands of sheep across the country are being shipped off to slaughterhouses for the final stage of their journey into the kitchens of Icelanders and consumers overseas alike. Vísir reports that among those helping out are a group of New Zealanders who have come to Iceland many times before for this purpose. The New Zealanders will be working at the Selfoss slaughterhouse Sláturfélags Suðurlands, as they have done before. By all accounts they are reportedly hard workers who get along well with the staff, both on and off the clock. Vísir also makes a point to mention that these foreigners are not stealing any jobs from the locals – fewer and fewer Icelanders want to take part in the slaughtering process itself, such as there is actually a shortage of available workers for the job. It is estimated that some 600,000 sheep will be slaughtered this year.
It’s 15 degrees. Fahrenheit? No, Celsius. Shorts weather? Fuck you, it’s underwear weather. The sun bears down on a thick, humid Reykjavík day. The sunbathers in Austurvöllur have burnt to a crisp. You’re parched, you’re sweaty. Does anywhere in this country have air conditioning? You look out to the harbour, considering a dip, but no—with all those ships, it just doesn’t seem safe…Where do you go? What do you do? But then common sense kicks in. “Duh,” you think, and your feet follow. You thought you could get away with not wearing deodorant in Iceland? You stink. You’re a zombie
Police were called to the scene after a mother – who was letting her 16 month old nap outside her home in Vesturbær – found the baby had been taken from its pram, reports Vísir. Three police cars were sent to the scene though they quickly discovered that a relative had passed by and taken the baby, leaving a note in the pram to say where they had gone. The baby has been safely returned to its parents and is doing just fine. Recently the Icelandic habit of leaving babies outside to nap in prams, both at home, or in front
A Jägermeister commercial shot over 10 days in Iceland has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for being irresponsible, reports Vísir. The £3 million campaign featured a group of real-life professional surfers – including Oli Adams, Ben Skinner and Ritchie Fitzgerald – was shot without storyboards or scripts and features the group on a road trip through ice-covered landscapes, then surfing and drinking Jägermeister together. “The new ad was created in the true character of Jägermeister, using real friends and no scripts,” said Nicole Goodwin, the group marketing manager at Jägermeister UK. “So that the finished film focuses on those
Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde will, effective January 1, 2015, serve as “an ambassador in foreign service” to an as-yet unspecified appointment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Geir H. Haarde has been appointed as “an ambassador in foreign service”, along Left-Green MP and former Foreign Affairs Committee chairperson Árni Þór Sigurðsson. Their appointments go into effect on January 1, 2015. In 2010, parliament narrowly voted in favour of Geir standing trial for negligence and mismanagement while in office. The vote came in the wake of the 2010 Special Investigative Commission Report on the contributing
The Parliamentary Ombudsman, after having spoken with both former Commissioner of the Capital Area Police Stefán Eiríksson and State Prosecutor Sigríður Friðjónsdóttir, is now demanding that Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir answer to allegations that she may have tried to influence the course of the ongoing police investigation of her ministry. RÚV reports that Parliamentary Ombudsman Tryggvi Gunnarsson sent a formal request to the minister which poses two main questions. Firstly, the ombudsman has asked the minister if she did, on at least one occasion, call Stefán into her office and express displeasure with the course of police
A group of Icelanders hope to provide men and women everywhere with a trove of examples of women achievers, and spoke to Grapevine about why this project matters. The website, Reconesse Database, will not only provide a world map marking women achievers past and present – the site is also asking the general public to send in their own examples, with the hope to “share stories that might otherwise have gone unnoticed”. Grapevine spoke to four of the women behind the project – Berglind Sunna Stefánsdóttir, Anna Gyða Sigurgísladóttir, Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir and Andrea Björk Andrésdóttir – who shared their insight