Market and Media Research (MMR) has released the results of a poll on government support for the period of 7-12 March. The poll posed up to three questions to all respondents. First all were asked “If elections were to be held today what party would you vote for?” If the respondent was undecided they were then asked “What category would you most likely choose?” If they reply was still undecided then the pollster would ask “Is it more likely that you would vote for the Independence Party or another party?” If respondents chose “another party” then their vote would be distributed evenly among all other parties except the Independence Party.
The results showed that the Independence Party is currently enjoying the lowest level of support since the last elections were held four years ago, just following the collapse that saw the party ousted from government. According to the poll hey would win 27.2% of votes if an election were held today. The Progressive Party would claim 25.9% of the vote, Bright Future would take 15.2%, the Social Democratic Alliance would receive 12.4% of votes, and 9.6% would vote for the Left-Green Movement.
Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, is expected to announce that she is stepping down today and will not return to parliament until the New Year, according to RÚV. Hanna Birna has been under a lot of scrutiny following the leak of incriminating and falsified information about Nigerion asylum seeker Tony Omos. She has maintained her innocence throughout the affair, even after her aide Gísli Freyr Valdórsson admitted to the leak. Despite the Independence party and PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson declaring their support of her, a lot of pressure has been on her to resign, including from the 1,000 people that
Vefpressan, the publishing company behind such websites as Pressan.is, Eyjan.is and Bleikt.is, has acquired 70% of newspaper DV’s stocks. This was announced this Friday morning. Björn Ingi Hrafnsson, once a member of Reykjavík city council on behalf of the Progressive Party, has been titled as DV’s publisher. This comes following turbulence among the owners and board of DV, which saw former editor Reynir Traustason discharged. Hallgrímur Thorsteinsson was hired as editor in his place. Björn Ingi has not revealed his intentions or plans regarding the purchase. Vefpressan’s news release merely explains that the publishing of DV has now been “secured”
Anxiety and antidepressants are prescribed 70% more often in Iceland than 10 years ago and Icelanders consume more antidepressants than any other OECD nation, reports RÚV. According to the Directorate of Health, in 2013 39,000 people were prescribed antidepressants and 34,000 people were prescribed sleeping aids at least once. The most commonly used sleeping pill in Iceland is Zopiclone. The Directorate of Health wrote that Zopiclone should not be used for longer than 2-4 weeks but that many Icelanders are getting prescriptions that last much longer than that, in some cases, even years.
The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association (IWRA) has sent the City of Reykjavík a letter suggesting they erect a statue of suffragette Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir, reports RÚV. Bríet, along with other women’s rights activists founded the IWRA in 1907 and ran the association for 20 years. She is considered the catalyst of the women’s rights movement in Iceland. The IRWA suggested in their letter to City Hall that a statue in a prominent place in Reykjavík would be a great homage to Bríet’s memory and fitting as next year marks 100 years since women gained the right to vote in Iceland. To
Icelandic dairy producer, Mjólkursamsalan (MS Iceland Dairies), has confirmed that there will be no shortage of butter at supermarkets this upcoming holiday season, reports RÚV. Last year, in the wake of a potentially crippling butter shortage, MS Iceland Dairies was forced to source 90 tonnes of butter from Ireland. Einar Sigurðsson, CEO of MS Iceland Dairies, told RÚV that new measures have been put in place to ensure there will be enough butter this year and in the years to come. These measures include improvements to feeding technology and an increase in dairy cows. As reported, not all of the
Following the easygoing success of last year’s inaugural Iceland Noir crime lit festival, this year’s event is already off to a good start. The three day festival will involve two jam-packed days of author panels, talks, and readings at the Nordic House, as well as a Sunday ‘Snæfellsnes Mystery Tour’ lead by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. But while the festival itself is limited to registered participants, tonight’s opening event—an evening of crime fiction readings (in English and Icelandic) hosted by the Icelandic Crime Society—was open to the general public. The spacious upstairs salon at Sólon, the downtown bar which is also doubling