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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…

The Mayor Of Reykjavík Says Racism In Politics Is A Threat

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“In short, I think this is a threat, not only politically, but to society,” says Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of…

Poll: Largest Share Of Those Polled Want Katrín Jakobsdóttir To Continue As Prime Minister

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A new poll from Maskína, which asked respondents which party chairs they would most like to see be Iceland’s next…

Independence Party Gains New MP, Centre Party Loses One

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Last Saturday, Birgir Þórarinsson, who was elected to Parliament during last month’s elections to represent the Centre Party, announced that…

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…

Prime Minister Answers Question On How Many Genders There Are

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Last July, chair of the Centre Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson formally asked Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir how many genders there…

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…

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…

Passage Of Bills Protecting Intersex Children And Others All But Certain

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Every party in Parliament except one voted in favour of three bills, submitted by the Prime Minister’s office, which will…

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…

New Intersex Treatment Bill Criticised By Former Prime Minister

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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, chairman of the Centre Party and former Prime Minister of Iceland, has criticised the government’s plan to…

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…

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…

Hatari To Support Klausturgate Whistleblower Bára Halldórsdóttir

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Whistleblower Bára Halldórsdóttir, who recorded the infamous conversation between members of the Central Party and People’s Party at the bar…

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…

Legal Fund For Bára Halldórsdóttir Established

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Bára Halldórsdóttir, the whistleblower who recorded six members of Parliament speaking abusively about their colleagues in a public space, still…

Iceland’s Former PM Suggests UK Join EEA “Temporarily” To Avoid No-Deal Brexit Crisis

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In a brief interview with Sky News, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson suggested that the UK become a temporary member of the…

The Lowest Common Denominator: Icelandic Populism, American Inspiration

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Iceland’s right wing populists may not be a part of the coalition government, or wield tremendous political power (yet), but…

Klausturgate Whistleblower Compelled To Delete Recordings, Will Not Be Fined

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The Date Protection Authority has ruled that Bára Halldórsdóttir‘s recordings of six MPs speaking abusively in public constitutes “electronic surveillance”,…

What Have We Won?: Iceland Smites The Panama Papers!

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Ever seen ‘Scarface’? Fantastic film, right? Well, imagine that for every minute of that 170-minute movie featuring guns, mountains of…

#MeToo, And Then What? Iceland Explores The Tough Questions Of A Legal Grey Area

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At 13:21 on October 15th, 2017, the worldwide dialogue surrounding rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment abruptly and irrevocably changed….