Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir said in parliament that she would have liked to have made much more progress on a comprehensive review of the new constitution, RÚV reports. She believes it was not the will of the opposition to pass the new constitution, as they do not agree on the issues of management of natural resources or direct democracy, both of which were voted to be included in the new constitution in the national referendum held in October 2012.
Alright. So this surveillance video from the Höfðatorg parking garage in Reykjavík has been making the rounds in Iceland and across the greater internet today, after the garage’s custodian, Albert Guðbrandsson, uploaded it to YouTube (having resisted the urge for an entire three years – now that’s some willpower!). In the video, we can see… um… well. Yeah. No idea what’s going on there. The video was caught at around midnight in July of 2011. RÚV notes that the driver was made to pay for the damages he caused to the garage’s gate, and that police were involved in the
Many Icelandic citizens are voicing their opposition to the recent police acquisition of MP5 submachine guns, manifesting in protest and petition alike. Icelanders have long prided themselves as belonging to a peaceful, army-free country. This is being cited by many Icelanders on social media as amongst the reason why they object to recent news that the Icelandic police have received and bought a cache of 150 MP5 submachine guns and untold numbers of Glock-17 semiautomatics from Norway. At the time of this writing, over 400 Icelanders have said they will be attending a demonstration to be held this Friday in
Iceland’s population reached 328,170 at the end of the third quarter of the year, increasing by over a thousand in just three months. Statistics Iceland reports that there are more men than women in Iceland, at 164,710 and 163,460 respectively, and over two-thirds of the total population – or 210,660 people – live in the capital area alone. 23,840 people living in Iceland are foreign citizens, with 860 more foreigners entering the country than leaving it, and 400 more Icelandic citizens leaving the country than moving to it. The vast majority of Icelanders who left the country went to somewhere
An electric car salesman will soon be the first Icelander to take a virtual trip to the only planet inhabited entirely by robots: Mars. Nútíminn reports that Gísli Gíslason, the managing director of Icelandic electric car company Even, has received a special invitation from NASA to take a virtual trip to Mars. “Yeah, you have to try everything,” Gísli said. “I think they’re inviting people who are already on their way into space. But I’m not [in reality] going to Mars, it’s just a one way ticket there.” Gísli is already in training to take a round trip into space.
The wage index rose 6.2% in the last twelve months according to new, September-based, figures from Statistics Iceland. The real wage index, measuring purchasing power, rose 4.3% at the same time. In terms of wages, according to the figures, this year’s September seems to have been 0.7% less cruel than its August.
On Tuesday, a Jewish citizen of Iraq, first names Adam Ibrahim, declared a hungerstrike “until death”, to protest the Directorate of Immigration’s (UTL’s) negative ruling on his application for asylum in Iceland. In a phone conversation, the man, whose last name will be held back for now, said that he came to Iceland in July this year. He received a negative decision from UTL on Friday last week, which would eventually lead to deportation. The man’s lawyer says that the verdict will be appealed to the Interior Ministry. In a letter supposedly sent to the Directorate of Immigration, the Icelandic