The Judicial Affairs and Education Committee has suggested a number of changes to the Constitutional draft, including the protection of the Icelandic language and the ability to strip someone of their citizenship. As the draft of Iceland’s new Constitution leaves committee for another round of debates on the parliamentary floor, the committee in charge of the draft – the Judicial Affairs and Education Committee – has offered some input on changes they think should be made to the Constitution, RÚV reports. Among these changes is a clause that would state “Icelandic is the national language and the state shall support and defend it.” The committee says that as Icelandic is dear to the people, it deserves official protection. There is currently no law defining Icelandic as the official language of the country. The committee also believes that a proposed clause for the Constitution that would protect media sources and whistle-blowers is not precise enough. They recommend that the clause provides greater protections for whistle-blowers, because their jobs, positions and possibly lives could be at greater risk for the information they provide than a media source might experience. Foreigners also featured significantly in the committee’s recommendations. They asked that a clause be included that could strip someone of their citizenship if they had obtained it through falsified papers or providing the wrong information. They pointed out that there is no clause in the new Constitution limiting foreign ownership of Icelandic property, and recommended this be included as well. The constitutional draft will go through another round of debates on the floor of parliament before going back to committee one last time. When it is brought before parliament again, a final vote will be taken.
This morning, we posted an amusing bit of news about a local designer, Sara María Júlíusdóttir, who observed an elderly man, which she claimed to be a tourist, pooping outside the boutiqe she manages, Kirsuberjatréð. “Tourist Poops Outside Storefront” proved quite the hit with you readers, providing plenty of clicks and ‘likes’ (537 and counting!) while asserting Reykjavík Grapevine’s position as the discerning reader’s highbrow publication of choice. However, some of our many Facebook friends took offense to Sara María’s assertion that the streetpooper in question was indeed a tourist. “How did she know for sure it was a tourist?” one
Iceland’s representative at the United Nations, Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, condemned both Israel and Palestine in a speech at an open meeting of the Security Council last night, reports Vísir. “I want to start by expressing Iceland’s condemnation of the violations of international humanitarian law by both sides in the conflict,” said Gréta. “While the current situation in Gaza is beyond tragic I am not going to dwell on it. Because the core problem is not what is happening today. The core problem is the occupation.” In her speech Gréta said that the IDF’s air and ground assault raised concerns about respect for the
An incredibly large landslide struck the south-eastern side of Öskjuvatn lake just before midnight last night and all traffic to the area has subsequently been closed, report Vísir. The landslide was so large it caused a tsunami in the lake and made the surrounding area tremor for over 20 minutes. The landslide is attributed to good weather in recent days which lead to ice around the lake melting quickly, causing the ground to destabilise. The ridge surrounding the lake is still believed to be unstable and landslips are possible. All traffic in and around the area has therefore been banned until scientists and Iceland’s Emergency
When store manager Sara María Júlíusdóttir showed up for work at Kirsuberjatréð yesterday morning she stumbled upon an uncomfortable scene, namely an alleged tourist relieving himself on the sidewalk outside the storefront. “When I arrived Arndís [Jóhannsdóttir, the shop owner] was just in shock,” Sara María told Vísir. “The man had just pooped and peed in front of the store. Arndís lives above the shop so the man had literally tended to his needs one metre away from her home.” According to Sara María the man stood and walked away when he was done as though nothing had happened, stopping only to
Sláturfélag Suðurlands (SS) reports that there is a shortage of Icelandic beef, prompting the company to blend Danish beef into their hot dogs. Sold under the slogan “Icelanders Eat SS Hot Dogs”, SS hot dogs are arguably one of Iceland’s iconic foods. However, Viðskiptablaðið reports that they are no longer 100% Icelandic. “Unfortunately, due to the present shortage of Icelandic beef, we have been forced to use a little Danish beef that meets our quality standards,” SS product manager Guðmundur Svavarsson told reporters. While not specifying on the exact quantity of Danish beef in the hot dogs, Guðmundur provided assurances
Fraudsters pretending to be employees of Microsoft are contacting Icelanders by both letter and telephone. MBL reports that one of the most common tactics these fraudsters will use will be to call people on their home phones, purporting to be employees of Microsoft. These fraudsters tell the potential victim that Microsoft has detected a virus on their computer, and that in order to be rid of it, they must go to a specific website to download and install “virus removal software”. In reality, these are not people calling from Microsoft, who cannot see into your computer to look for viruses