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Would The Next President Of Iceland Please Step Forward

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Ten candidates lay out their presidential goals and motivations   On the first day of 2024, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson…

UPDATED: Bjarni Ben Becomes Prime Minister

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UPDATED 09.04.24, 14:25 The party leaders representing the ruling coalition government held a press conference at Harpa at 14:00, announcing…

A Smooth Rendition Of Taking Responsibility

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A reflection on the resignation of Bjarni Benediktsson On the morning of October 10, Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson held…

Love Will Win (If We Want It): Fighting Transphobia In Iceland

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On June 25th, a man walked into the London Pub in Oslo, Norway, pulled out a gun, and started shooting….

Great Moments In Icelandic History: “Why is everyone feeding the bird of prey?”

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Election night in Iceland, 2016. The nation is still smarting from the Panama Papers scandal that collapsed the government and…

Íslandsbanki Sale: Pressure On Finance Minister To Resign

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Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson is now facing increased calls for his resignation in the wake of the sale of…

Pandora Papers: No Icelandic Politicians, But 8 Icelandic Owners, Reportedly Within

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The Pandora Papers leak, a massive dataset revealing a complex, global finance system that enables the world’s richest and most…

Former City Councilman Gets Six Months Probationary Sentence For Money Laundering

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Iceland’s Supreme Court confirmed the money laundering conviction for former Reykjavík City Councilman for the Independence Party Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson,…

Iceland’s Political Parties: Who Are These People?

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As we regularly report on polls reflecting voter support for Iceland’s political parties, and as elections are coming up this…

Iceland Moves Down In Ranking On Corruption Index, Still Most Corrupt Nordic Country

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Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index shows Iceland currently ranked 17th in the world in terms of the world’s least…

Our Favourite Scandals Of The Year

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Iceland, like any modern nation, always has its share of scandals. Most of ours involve government officials, as they typically…

A Stacked Deck: Police, Courts, And The Right To Protest In Iceland

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Icelanders have developed a positive reputation for their protests. Praised for having driven a government out of power, for pressuring…

What Are Icelanders Talking About? The Topics Getting People Banned From The Comments

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This probably won’t come as a surprise to our readers, but the hottest topic right now is the increased domestic…

Icelandic Police Are Trained To Never Use Chokeholds, But Not All Of Them Listen

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The director of the education and training centre for the Icelandic police says that police are expressly trained to never…

Netflix Grants Request From Icelandic Politician To Edit Scene In ‘The Laundromat’

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At long last, streaming service Netflix has granted the request of Progressive Party chair Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and edited one…

13 Days Of Grapemas: Handprjónasambandið

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In Iceland, Christmas is a little wacky. Instead of one Santa, we have thirteen. And rather than being a jolly…

Members Of The Independence Party Criticised For Nazi Imagery

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A small cell within the Independence Party has been criticised heavily for their advertise in the conservative newspaper, Morgunblaðið, for…

Icelandic Politician Upset With Netflix Over The Laundromat

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The Laundromat, a new Netflix movie about the Panama Papers leak, has been receiving very good press lately, but not…

Edda Recap: Hávamál

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In this series, I illuminate the individual poems of the Edda—that most famous, epic masterpiece of Icelandic literary tradition—with humour,…

Having A Ball With Simon Le Bon: Duran Duran In Iceland

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If someone in Glasgow asks you if you are a Celtics or Rangers fan, simply stating that you don’t follow…

Well, You Asked: Let’s Rant About Meat!

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You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. How best to deal with meat guilt? I feel bad 4 eating it. It…