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The Outsiders: In ‘Gullregn’ (‘The Garden’), Ragnar Bragason Tackles Xenophobia

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Ragnar Bragason’s name will be familiar to many Icelanders, and to a wider international audience as well. While his first…

Naming Committee Again Rejects “Diabolical” Name From Lexicon

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Iceland’s Naming Committee has ruled on a new batch of names, and it seems one submission tried to make an…

Minister Of Justice Proposes Shutting Down Naming Committee

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Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir has put forth a proposal to shut down the Naming Committee. If passed, it…

Icelandic Name Committee Says No To Zelda And Lucifer

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Iceland’s Naming Committee met on the sixth of this month to review another batch of contending names for their approval…

Two Icelandic Sisters Fight To Determine Their Own Surnames

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Two Icelandic sisters who are completely estranged from both of their parents are hoping to create their own surname, Vísir…

The World Is Like Inflight Smoking

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Think about it like this: the world is like inflight smoking. You remember that time? Probably not, unless you were…

Farewell To Lost Glacier: Iceland To Combat Climate Change

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Five years have passed since Ok, a glacier, was announced by geologist Oddur Sigurðsson to have lost its glacier status….

Naming Committee Rejects “Woman” As Middle Name, Deeming It “Too Demeaning”

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A woman who has been trying to get her middle name changed to Kona, which is Icelandic for “woman”, has…

How To Be Hugleikur? A Diet Of Sick Cartoons And The Moomins

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Hugleikur Dagsson is one of Iceland’s most loved and, perhaps in some ways, notorious artists. His comics are brutal and…

The Next Battle In Iceland’s War On The Car: Road Tolls

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Road tolls and radical urban planning are among this years challenges for the city of Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding…

Ask A Comedy Writer: What Can Indriði Tell Us About The Icelandic Character?

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Jón Gnarr is known to many of our readers as the fun-loving former mayor of Reykjavík, but his local claim…

Bondage-Synth-Punk Trio Hatari Announce Final Gig After Failing To Dismantle Capitalism

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Hatari released a statement to the media today concerning the recent announcement of their last ever concert, to be held…

VIDEO: Klausturgate Trial Begins

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Reykjavik District Court was the scene yesterday for the start of legal proceedings in the so-called Klaustur Case, as four…

Jón Gnarr & Banksy: The Saga Continues

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Former Reykjavík mayor, comedian and writer Jón Gnarr has attempted to deal with the kerfuffle surrounding his ownership of a…

The Absurd Case Of The Punk Mayor And Banksy

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When Jón Gnarr, former mayor of Reykjavík and a renowned artist, published a picture of him with his dog going…

The Money Faucet: Overspending In Reykjavík City Council

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In a capitalist society, budget deficits are a common part of government expenditure. Projects slated for next year go beyond…

Iceland’s Naming Laws May Soon Change For The Better

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Þorsteinn Víglundsson, an MP for the Reform Party, will soon submit a bill to Parliament that would drastically change Iceland’s…

Your Lifestyle Advice Of The Day: Do Not Boil Seagull Heads

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You wouldn’t think this needs to be said, but boiling a seagull indoors, in whole or in part, is a…

Ok, Bye: A New Documentary On The Disappearance Of Ok Glacier

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According to folk tales, Ok, or Okjökull, was one of the breasts of a giantess that turned into stone, the other…

New Reykjavik Coalition Majority Announced

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A coalition agreement was reached between the Social Democrats, the Reform Party, the Pirates and the Left-Greens for leading Reykjavík…

Reykjavik Elections: Same Choices, New Faces

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We put a lot into covering the run-up to last month’s municipal elections. There was certainly a lot to be…