Icelandic MP Outraged Over Topless Photo Shoot In Parliament

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A parliamentarian for the Centre Party is demanding answers regarding a photo shoot that took place in Parliament which featured…

Municipal Elections 2018: Reykjavík Is Boring

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Municipal elections are a great opportunity for immigrants to participate more in the democratic process. You don’t need to be…

The Worst And Best Political Ideas In Iceland Of 2017

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2017 somehow managed to top 2016 in terms of politics that seemed to surpass everyone’s expectations, both in positive and…

Two Icelandic Political Parties Broke Law In Mass Text Message Spamming

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The mass text messages that the People’s Party and the Centre Party sent to thousands of Icelanders before the elections…

Kaleo Most-Googled Icelanders By A Long Shot

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Pop group Kaleo were the most Googled Icelanders of 2017, and were searched almost three times more than runners-up Of…

High Rollers: The Wacky World Of Icelandic Finance

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When the Panama Papers leak broke last year, then-Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson wasn’t the only Icelander revealed to be…

Time Capsule: Austurvöllur Square

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Austurvöllur Square has been a public gathering space for Icelanders since the 1930s. Though the Square is now home to…

Talks Of Building Luxury Hotel At Lake Thingvallavatn Begin Again

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Discussions about building a new luxury hotel in the area of Skálabrekka, adjacent to the Þingvellir National Park, have begun…

See You This Time Next Year! – Crises, Early Elections & Crises Again

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The time between the collapse of Iceland’s government and election day, while technically only being a little over a month…

Gunnarsson & Armand On Nazis, 9/11 And Icelandic Society

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I meet authors Valur Gunnarsson and Halldór Armand Ásgeirsson at Fridarhús (Peace House), “the home of the Campaign against militarism,”…

Elections ’17: Party Leaders Respond To Possible Left-Centre Government

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Unity is the centrepiece of formal 4-party coalition talks, which begin today. Potential opposition parties, mostly on the right, are…

Elections ’17: Left-Greens Get Mandate To Form Iceland’s Next Government

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Formal 4-party talks will now begin for forming Iceland’s next ruling coalition, with Left-Green chair Katrín Jakobsdóttir as the new…

Elections ’17: Iceland May Get 4-Party Left-To-Centre Government

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RÚV reports that Left-Green chair Katrín Jakobsdóttir will be meeting with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at 16:00 today. Sources believe…

Elections ’17: Five-Party Coalition Possibly In The Works

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Left-Green chair Katrín Jakobsdóttir may be Iceland’s next Prime Minister, if current five-party coalition talks go as well as hoped….

Elections ’17: Possibility Of Leftist Gov’t Decreases; New Women’s Party In The Works

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Now that President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has spoken to the chairs of every party that won seats in last Saturday’s…

Elections ’17: Who Are Iceland’s Political Parties & Who Will Lead Next?

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As the results of the elections last Saturday reflect, there is no clear majority for a traditional two-party coalition. This…

Elections ’17: Independence Party Strongest, Next Gov’t Unclear

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All the votes have been counted in Iceland’s parliamentary elections. While the Independence Party lost five seats, they still came…

Iceland Elections ’17 Liveblog: The Fast & The Furiouser

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Welcome to the Reykjavík Grapevine 2017 Elections Liveblog! Here you will find the latest numbers as they roll in, along…

Final Polls Before Elections: Iceland’s Next Gov’t Anything But Certain

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Two polls released today show a tight race for Iceland’s parliamentary parties, as the country votes for a new government…

Don’t Ask Nanna: About The Elections

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Hi Nanna, Why do Icelanders keep voting the Independence Party into power? Curious George Hi Curious George, Because as yet,…

American Style: Iceland’s Elections Get Farcical

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Election season in Iceland always has a certain element of silliness. Campaign adverts can be cringe-inducingly bad; the “debates” are…

A Fractured Right Arm: Iceland’s Conservatives Are Breaking Up

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Iceland has almost always had a right wing government. The one exception was in the wake of the 2008 financial…

News in Brief: Early October Edition

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So let’s get the Election 2017 stuff out of the way, first of all. The latest polls to come in…

Sigmundur Davíð Attacks The Media (Again)

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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, currently running for parliament with his own party Miðflokkurinn and polling fairly well, is once again employing…

Logo For Sigmundur’s New Party Proves Entertaining

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Miðflokkurinn, a new party led by former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has just unveiled their new logo, which has…

Elections 2017: Disgraced Former PM Out-Polling Party He Left

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A new poll from Market and Media Research shows the Left-Greens surging to the top, the Independence Party in decline,…

Icelandic Conspiracy Theories: The Definitive List

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Writer Alan Moore once said that “the greatest conspiracy is that there is no conspiracy”—that is, that the world is…

The Shortest Icelandic Government Ever

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Shortly before midnight, on Thursday September 14, Iceland’s ruling coalition of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future…

Iceland’s Government Collapses, Uncertainty Lies Ahead

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Bright Future have just announced that they will be ending their coalition with the Independence Party, effectively collapsing Iceland’s government….

Beasts Of Iceland: The Puffin

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After a mosey about the Golden Circle, you—our tourist reader—might be wondering, “How the hell does any animal survive on…

Equal Pay Act Passes Parliament

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Yesterday, Alþingi passed an equal pay bill, which will require companies with 25 employees or more to guarantee that male…

Panama Papers PM Founds Think Tank To Fix Iceland’s Future

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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, the former Prime Minister of Iceland, who was forced to resign following revelations that his offshore company…

News In Brief: Eurovision, Capital Controls and the Sigmundur Davíð-Donald Collusion

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The top story of the past two weeks is without a doubt the lifting of the last of the capital…

Sigmundur Davíð Says Infamous Interview Was “Staged”

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who was forced to resign in the wake of a now-infamous interview where he…

MAST Warns Against Dining Like Former Prime Minister

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Just in case the lunch recently posted by former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson got your mouth watering, the Icelandic…

The Reykjavík Grapevine Person Of The Year Award

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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Former Prime Minister The Grapevine has always been the sole media outlet in Iceland that stands against…

2016: The Year In News

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We all had a nice year, right? Even though there are plenty of people happy to see this year come…

Meet Iceland’s New Government

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The joint platform and the ministers for Iceland’s new right-wing government have been announced. Nothing indicates the country is now…

Grapevine’s 2017 Prophecies

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What wonders will the new year have in store for us? We consulted some of Iceland’s best psychics (in our…

“Hole Of Icelandic Studies” Still On Ice

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The contractor tasked with the long-proposed “Hall of Icelandic Studies” has been awarded damages, as construction was halted in 2014…

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Most Googled Icelander

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No other Icelander came close to Iceland’s president in terms of sheer volume of Google searches originating in Iceland, and…

Iceland’s New Erró: Ethoríó

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Ethoríó is one of Keflavík’s hidden gems. A ruby-red, bubblegum-pink, doom-pop-art-making, gold-sunglass-toting gem. I took it upon myself to chat…

Indecision 2016: Iceland Edition

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The pessimist’s guide to Icelandic politics One can’t help but envy the two-party systems of the US and (more or…

What Does A Utopian Iceland Look Like? Five Icelanders Talk About The Future

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We regularly see articles published in the international press about Iceland, touting it as some kind of ultra-feminist, anti-banker paradise…

Sigmundur Davíð Unseated As Progressive Chair

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is now also the former chairperson of the Progressive Party, as party primary voting…

Sigmundur Davíð Says He Has Been Hacked And Followed

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Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson says he has had his computer broken into, and has been followed by creditors…

Who Cares About The Kurds?

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You cannot read the news about what’s happening in Syria right now without also reading about the Kurds. For many…

Icelandic Media “Has No Policy Or Purpose”, Says Finance Minister

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Minister of Finance and Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson had some choice words to share regarding his opinion of the…

Parliamentary Elections Date Announced

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After about four months of waiting, the government has at last decided on October 29 for early parliamentary elections. RÚV…

Finance Minister Emphasises Elections “In Late October”

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Contrary to what his partner in the ruling coalition has said, Minister of Finance and Independence Party chairperson Bjarni Benediktsson…