Birna’s Father: Greenlanders Are Our Friends

Birna’s Father: Greenlanders Are Our Friends

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Published February 10, 2017

Ordinary Greenlanders are reportedly being subjected to some ugly behavior from Icelanders in the midst of coverage of the ongoing investigation of the murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir, and her father has implored the country to not “judge an entire nation due to the actions of one man”.

Nútíminn recently posted a short column by Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, wherein she recounted a recent visit to Reykjavík airport. There, she met a Greenlandic woman waiting for a flight to Nuuk.

“I don’t want to be here anymore,” the woman told Ragnhildur. “This wasn’t my fault.”

Ragnhildur asked if something had happened, to which the Greenlander replied, “I can’t help the fact that I’m Greenlandic, and people were shouting things at us at Kringlan and Smáralind, due to the actions of some guy that I don’t even know,” referring to the suspect now in custody in connection with Birna’s death, who happens to be Greenlandic.

“Should people really behave this way?,” Ragnhildur asks. “How petty can we be? I felt ashamed after meeting this woman. I perfectly understand the anger people feel towards the suspect, but we should not judge an entire people [because of it].”

Amongst those who shared this article was Birna’s father, Brjánn Guðjónsson, who added his personal message: “I condemn the behavior of judging an entire nation due to the actions of one man. Greenlanders are our friends, and we should increase our friendship rather than the reverse.”


News
Pirate Party Want Referendum To Restart EU Talks

Pirate Party Want Referendum To Restart EU Talks

by

The Pirate Party have put forth an EU referendum proposal to restart negotiations with the European Union, reports RÚV. The

News
Keflavík Airport Grinds To Halt Over Security Issue

Keflavík Airport Grinds To Halt Over Security Issue

by

Keflavík airport ground to a halt yesterday afternoon when all flights were put on hold and passengers asked to go

News
Fake News! No, There’s No Football-Fueled Baby Boom in Iceland

Fake News! No, There’s No Football-Fueled Baby Boom in Iceland

by

A single tweet from an obscure Reykjavík anesthesiologist on Monday suggested that a spike in the number of hospital epidurals

News
“Major Deception” Occurred With Bank Sale, Investigation Finds

“Major Deception” Occurred With Bank Sale, Investigation Finds

by

The Parliamentary Investigation Commission (RNA) has concluded that the German bank Hauck & Aufhäuser was never an investor in The

News
Iceland’s Epic Euro Smiting Triggers Baby Boom

Iceland’s Epic Euro Smiting Triggers Baby Boom

by

It’s been nine months since Iceland’s smiting of England in the Euro Cup – often referred to as the island

News
Environment Minister Supports Shutting Plant Down

Environment Minister Supports Shutting Plant Down

by

Iceland’s Environment Minister, Björt Ólafsdóttir, believes shutting down the United Silicon plant in Reykjanesbær is an acceptable course of action.

Show Me More!