News
Toll Authorities Randomly Inspect 30-40 Letters A Day

Toll Authorities Randomly Inspect 30-40 Letters A Day

Published December 4, 2014

Toll authorities unsealed 3,722 mail deliveries, categorized as letters, for inspection, during the period from July to November 20th this year. This averages at around 800 inspected letter deliveries per month or between 30 and 40 per each business day. All the deliveries weighed between 0.1 and 2 kg. This was revealed in Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson’s reply to member of Alþingi Birgitta Jónsdóttir inquiry about such actions.

The Minister also informed that “thin letters”, that is letters weighing under 100 g, are never opened by toll authorities unless suspicion arises that their content is illegal. However, authorities open and inspect random samples of mail deliveries weighing over 100 g. without any such suspicion. No court ruling is needed for toll authorities to thus inspect incoming mail, nor is an ongoing criminal investigation.

To Birgitta’s question, whether he considers the practice to in accordance with the Constitution’s Article 71 on the sanctity of privacy, the Minister simply replied “Yes”, without further reasoning.

The total number of letters delivered to the country in the period is around 1.15 million. The Minister’s reply did not note how many of those weighed over 100 g.
Toll authorities do not inspect deliveries within Iceland, only those coming from abroad. Each time a delivery is opened for inspection, a sticker is left on the packaging, noting a number to identify the personnel involved.



News
PHOTOS: Iceland Celebrates 4/20 In Front Of Parliament

PHOTOS: Iceland Celebrates 4/20 In Front Of Parliament

by

The fifth annual 4/20 cannabis celebration-slash legalization demonstration commenced in front of Alþingi at Austurvöllur square today at, um, 16:20.

News
Hafnarfjörður To Be Adorned With Hafnarfjörður Jokes

Hafnarfjörður To Be Adorned With Hafnarfjörður Jokes

by

The seaside town will soon be festooned with classic jokes, in Icelandic and English, that poke fun at people from

News
Connection Between Power Plant Emissions And Death Will Not Be Investigated

Connection Between Power Plant Emissions And Death Will Not Be Investigated

by

Despite research showing a connection between sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions from geothermal plants and shortened lifespans of those who live

News
Horseback Archery School To Open in Iceland

Horseback Archery School To Open in Iceland

by

A world-famous horseback archer and teacher is set to open Iceland’s first horseback archery school in the Ölfus municipality next fall,

News
Distrust In Coalition Leaders Grows

Distrust In Coalition Leaders Grows

by

Public distrust grows and confidence shrinks for Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, a new poll

News
Iceland Ranks 3rd In Per Capita Electronic Waste

Iceland Ranks 3rd In Per Capita Electronic Waste

by

There might be a lot of ways that Iceland is green, but handling electronic waste isn’t one of them. The

Show Me More!