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.
126 of over 150,000 socalled “privacy requests” received by Google this year came from Iceland. The 126 requests so far received from Icelandic citizens involved 282 URLs. Just over a third of the URLs were removed as requested, while the rest was not. Google published the figures in a recent report. Privacy requests are based on what has been coined “the right to be forgotten”, established in Europe by precedent of a ruling at the European Court of Justice in May. Since then, Google is bound to process requests from European citizens to remove links in search results related to
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.