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Echo: Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Portrait Of A Time And Place

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‘Echo’ is comprised of 58 poignant scenes presenting short stories, emotions and atmospheres, all set in Iceland between Christmas and…

Women’s Day Off Sparks Controversy

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On 24 October, thousands of women walked out of their jobs to protest sexual harassment, the persistent income gap, and…

Controversial Icelandic Independence Festival Spent 22 Million ISK On Lighting Alone

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The festival celebrating 100 years since the Union Treaty between Iceland and Denmark that was held in Þingvellir National Park…

Ready for a Fight: Unions Prepare for Tough Wage Negotiations

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The Office of Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir commissioned economics professor Gylfi Zoega to write a report about potential wage increases…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?: Weather, Wages, All We Need Is A Little Patience!

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As we all know, Iceland is currently in the midst of the worst summer ever recorded. But in the last…

Editorial: The Power Of Outsiders

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Outsiderism is an interesting phenomenon. Whether it’s artists who operate outside of the mainstream, activists trying to influence political decision…

Iceland’s Sovereignty Centenary Sparks Controversy: Danish Anti-Immigration Keynote Speaker Takes Centre Stage

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On the July 18th, Icelanders nationwide celebrated the centenary of Iceland and Denmark signing the Union Treaty, which recognised Iceland…

Icelandic Midwives Reach Agreement

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The midwives’ union met with members of Landspítali hospital today in order to reach an agreement over the ongoing labour…


What Are Icelanders Talking About?
: The Latest Talking Points From Social Media

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If there’s one topic that is always red hot amongst Icelanders, especially on social media, it’s tourism and its inevitable…

Reactions To Iceland’s Sovereignty Celebrations: Walk-Outs, Scoldings, & Subtlety

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Yesterday’s celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Iceland and Denmark signing the Union Treaty sparked a variety of reactions, due…

Iceland’s Independence Celebrations Under Shadow Of Racist Speaker, Midwives’ Strike

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Today, Iceland celebrates the 100th anniversary of signing the Union Treaty, which paved the way for the country’s independence from…

Icelandic Midwives’ Overtime Strike Begins At Midnight

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Midwives are preparing to stop working overtime from midnight tonight, but sources close to Grapevine report that the ongoing labour…

The Midwives’ Tale: Government Continues To Ignore Demands

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Negotiations between the midwives and the government have been ongoing for two years, with the crux of the disagreement centering…

Icelandic Midwives Walking Out, Negotiations Ongoing

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The labour dispute between midwives and the state continues, as 12 midwives at the Landspítali hospital and others around the…

Icelandic Midwives Refuse To Take Extra Shifts: State Says It’s Illegal

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Icelandic midwives recently announced that they wouldn’t be taking any more extra shifts at The National University Hospital of Iceland in…

Monday News Edit: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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As we welcome this (hopefully) last bit of winter before spring comes along, we also ponder what has been on…

Ban On Circumcision In Iceland To Be Dismissed In Parliament

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The Judicial Affairs and Educational Committee will ask the Icelandic Parliament to dismiss the bill on a male child circumcision…

Decision Of 95 Icelandic Midwives To Quit Jobs Sends Hospital Into Chaos

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After the entire body of midwives in Iceland quit their jobs in home-based postnatal care two days ago, the future…

Monday News Edit: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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Now that we’re all back at the office with our bellies full and our spirits broken because of a classic…

Icelandic Midwives: Low Pay, Long Hours, But Going On Strike “Pointless”

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Icelandic midwives have been fighting to improve their pay for nearly two years, but going on strike would prove ineffective…

Not So Cut-And-Dry: The Circumcision Controversy Continues

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The recently proposed ban on male child circumcision has continued to spark controversy both domestically and internationally. The legislation currently…