Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Supermarket Offers In-Store Packaging Recycling

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A local supermarket chain has begun a novel approach to reducing waste generated by their own products: in-store recycling. As…

Videos And Photos: The Icelandic Protests That Toppled The Government, Ten Years On

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Ten years ago this week, protests in Iceland kicked into high gear, and precipitated the downfall of the government and…

Most Icelanders Support Setting Clocks Back One Hour

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A new poll shows that the largest portion of Icelanders are in favour of setting their clocks back one hour,…

Aron And Hekla Iceland’s Most Popular Names Of 2018

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Data compiled from the National Registry shows the most popular names given to children born in Iceland in 2018, some…

Most Icelanders Concerned About The Consequences Of Climate Change

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A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Icelanders are worried about the effects of climate change, and that…

Poll: Slight Changes In Levels Of Party Support

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A new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) shows support decline slightly for every party in Parliament—with two notable…

Icelandic Statesman, Accused Of Sexual Harassment, May Have Abused His Official Powers

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The daughter of Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson has come forward, detailing how her father used his official positions to attempt to…

Appellate Court Confirms District Court Ruling On Klaustur Case

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Few options are remaining for the four MPs who decided to take legal action against whistleblower Bára Halldórsdóttir in the…

Icelandic Court To Decide Whether A Child Born In Iceland Can Be Deported

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Reykjavík District Court began proceedings today on the case of a 19-month-old child set to be deported, despite being born…

Union Says Management Counteroffer “Cuts To Our Wages And Conditions”

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Efling, one of Iceland’s largest labour unions, has sharply criticised management’s proposed counteroffers, saying they actually undermine worker’s rights. Union…

In Wake Of Brexit Vote, Iceland’s Foreign Minister “Ready For Anything”

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Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson told reporters that his ministry is ready for any possible outcome where Brexit is concerned,…

VIDEO: A Day in The Life Of A Glacier Tour Guide In Iceland

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Francesco Li Vigni is a glacier tour guide for Arctic Adventures. Originally from Palermo, Sicily, he came to Iceland after…

Iceland’s Sheep Farmers To Get 5.2 Billion ISK From The Government

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Sheep farmers in Iceland can expect subsidies this year, which in total will amount to over five billion krónur, but…

Snow Storm To Hit The Westfjords Today

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Snow and high winds can be expected in the Westfjords today, a region where avalanches can be a serious problem….

MP Seeks To Examine Eliminating Statute Of Limitations For Sex Crimes

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An MP for the Progressive Party is seeking to look into eliminating the statute of limitations on sex crimes in…

Four Women Come Forward About Sexual Harassment From Icelandic Elder Statesman

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Four women have come forward detailing sexual harassment they suffered at the hands of Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, a former Foreign…

Alarming Amounts Of Plastic Found In Icelandic Birds And Sea Life

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The North East Iceland Nature Center (NNA) has released a new report detailing the disturbingly high levels of plastic found…

VIDEO: First Snow Of 2019 In Reykjavik

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We’ve spent the past month or so complaining that winter would pass us by this year; that obviously autumn was…

Grapevine Music Awards: More Photos From A Magical Night

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A fun time was had by all who attended the Grapevine Music Awards, and one guest took it upon themselves…

Weather In Iceland This Week: Starts Like Winter, Ends Like Autumn

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Low temperatures and snow are going to be prominent through most of the week, but as the weekend approaches, the…

VIDEO: Iceland Has Never Been A Classless Society, Union Heads Remind Public

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A common myth, sometimes even repeated by Icelanders, is that Iceland is a classless society. In a new video, Iceland’s…

Salt Particles From Greenland Contributed To Air Pollution In Reykjavik Yesterday

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Air pollution in parts of Reykjavík yesterday went above the healthy limit, and a major cause of this can be…

French Translator Takes Significant Liberties With Hugleikur Dagsson Comic

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Icelandic comic artist Hugleikur Dagsson was surprised to discover that a French translation of one of his comics completely changed…

Iceland’s Unofficial Motto Has Disputed Roots

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A two-word phrase, common in Icelandic and attributed by some to the country’s governing philosophy, might not be from Iceland…

VIDEO: Iceland Soon To Have Two Beluga Whales In Captivity

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Iceland will soon have two beluga whales, which will be kept in the same cove that was once home to…