Thursday is the first day of summer in Iceland and it is expected to “freeze together” with the last day of winter, which is a good sign according to Icelandic folklore Mbl.is reports. The Iceland Meteorological Office is forecasting that temperatures will remain below freezing on Wednesday night around the country, but will rise again by Thursday morning. This phenomenon over these particular days is referred to as freezing together and it is traditionally thought of as an indicator of a nice summer ahead.
Bishop of Iceland Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir believes people leaving Iceland and foreigners coming in contribute to the high numbers of people deregistering from the National Church. Addressing attendees at an ecumenical council last Saturday, RÚV reports, the bishop offered a number of explanations for why more people are leaving than joining the National Church. “One explanation I mentioned earlier is that when people move out of the country, they are automatically de-registered from the church,” she said. “So one explanation [for the decrease] are the number of people leaving the country.” However, recent data from Statistics Iceland shows that only
Over half of those who responded to a poll done for the police said they feel unsafe downtown after dark or after midnight on weekends. MBL reports that, according to a poll conducted by the Social Sciences Department of the University of Iceland (at the behest of the police), 55% of respondents said they considered downtown a very or rather unsafe place to be either after midnight on weekends, or after dark on any day of the week. Only 8% said they believed they were very safe downtown during these hours. Women were 71% more likely than men to consider
Leaders of several trade unions say they are getting ready to take a harder stance against management this year, with the need for solidarity amongst workers especially emphasised. The temporary collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon earlier this year is soon reaching a close, and many professions – such as music teachers and doctors – are already striking, or considering doing so. Vísir spoke with several trade union leaders about the negotiations to come, and what their position on the current labour situation is. Kristján Þórður Snæbjarnarson, chairperson of the Icelandic Electricians Union, said solidarity amongst workers is the
The Icelandic Coast Guard demanded that its purchase of 250 machine guns from the Norwegian army would not be made public, according to RÚV. The request for secrecy was made as early as December 2013. This was revealed when RÚV asked the Norwegian Army to see the contract between the two parties. The Army replied, on Wednesday, that the Icelandic Coast Guard requested that the contract, and all documents involved in the exchange, would be kept confidential and away from public scrutiny. The Coast Guard’s highest authority, Georg Lárusson, had already refused to disclose the contract. The reason he cited
GGG is the title of an art exhibition devoted to three films from the 1980s, whose titles, fittingly, start with G: Gremlins, Goonies and Ghostbusters. Thirty artists take part in the exhibition. Among those are members of FM Belfast, who made a cover of the Ghostbusters’ theme song for the occasion: The exhibition will open in Cinema Bíó Paradís on Halloween, October 31. The cinema will duly screen the three films, during the exhibition, all in a row.
Wednesday night, director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, received the Nordic Council Film Prize for the 2013 comedy Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss). This is the first time an Icelandic film wins the award, established in 2002. The award committee said that the director “demonstrates a profound understanding of the primal side of both horses and humans” and that he “combines powerful visuals, editing and music in a way that makes the film itself stand out as a force of nature.” They describe the film as “strikingly original” and find its “roots in the laconic humour