Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ruling Coalition Decreases By One Left-Green

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Andrés Ingi Jónsson, a member of Parliament who was elected as a Left-Green Party MP in 2017, announced on November…

What Are Icelanders Talking About?

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The single most important story of the past month has been the Fishrot Files, or as they call it in…

The Fishrot Files: A Tale Of Two Countries

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In mid-November, Wikileaks dropped a bombshell of a story: the Fishrot Files, over 30,000 documents detailing how Samherji, Iceland’s largest…

Fewer Newborn Children Being Registered In National Church

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The percentage of newborn children who are registered into the National Church has been in steady decline for nearly a…

Police Search For Owner Of Rodent

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Police in the southwest region of Suðurnes are looking for the owner of the rodent shown above. Inexplicably, the exact…

Weather In Iceland: Sunny Work Week, Mixed Weekend

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The latest forecast from the Icelandic Met Office predicts a working week replete with sunny days, while the weekend will…

Unfortunate Fish Shop Crashed Into By Car For The Third Time

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Location is everything, as the owners of the fish shop Hafberg have been discovering, Vísir reports. Staff and customers alike…

VIDEO: Anti-Corruption, Pro-Constitution Demonstration Draws Thousands

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A demonstration held at Austurvöllur last Saturday drew some 4,000 people under a three-fold banner of some critical issues to…

Cruise Ship Emissions At Reykjavík Harbour Already Very High, And Increasing

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Cruise ships visiting Reykjavík harbour produce more emissions than the entire fleet of year-round fishing ships at the same ports,…

Black Widow Spider Stows Away To Iceland In Grapes From California

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A bad of green grapes from California, purchased in a supermarket in Garðabær, also contained an exotic guest, Vísir reports:…

Woman Sues Tour Company Over Reynisfjara Injury And Wins

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A British tourist who was injured during a visit to the South Iceland beach of Reynisfjara has successfully won a…

Two Icelandic Women Secure Grammy Nominations This Year

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Two Icelandic women are amongst those nominated for the 2020 Grammy Awards, setting an historic precedent for Icelandic music. Anna…

Icelandic Name Committee Says No To Zelda And Lucifer

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Iceland’s Naming Committee met on the sixth of this month to review another batch of contending names for their approval…

Administration of Occupational Safety and Health Demands City Re-Gender Bathrooms

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A city ordinance past last summer, whereby all bathrooms in municipal buildings were made gender neutral, has been challenged by…

Retro Stefson Songwriter In Copyright Dispute With Homeware Chain Store

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Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson (seen above), frontman for Retro Stefson, is taking the homeware chain Húsasmiðjan to court for copyright violations,…

Reykjavík Honours Trans Day Of Remembrance

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November 20 is the Trans Day of Remembrance, where we honour the memories of people who have been murdered for…

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding Is Totally Set In Iceland

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Death Stranding, the long-awaited release from video game genius Hideo Kojima, could not more obviously take place in Iceland if…

Icelandic Comics Society “Comic Book Jam” Kicks Off Tomorrow

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If you’re an aspiring or active comics artist—or are just interested in comics in general—tomorrow evening will be a great…

Fishrot Files: Icelandic Investigations Into Samherji Bribes, Tax Evasion Begin

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Two Icelandic banks are already investigating the accounting of Samherji—the Icelandic fishing giant currently embroiled in a scandal involving bribing…

Proposed Changes To Alcohol Laws Based On Misunderstanding Of EU Rules

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The head of European Policy and leader of the Brussels office of IOGT-NTO, Kalle Dramstad, says that a recent bill…

Tourism Minister Responding To Reynisfjara Situation

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In order to reduce accidents and deaths at Reynisfjara, a beautiful but at times hazardous beach in South Iceland, Minister…

Fishrot Files: Samherji In Damage Control, But Investigations Continue

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Management of Samherji—the Icelandic fishing giant currently embroiled in a scandal involving bribing Namibian officials for fishing quotas, and using…

Grapevine Playlist: Countess Malaise, Ásgeir, Sin Fang & More

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The Grapevine Playlist provides you with your regular dose of brand new Icelandic music. This time music for: headbanging and…

Fishrot Files: The Response In Iceland So Far

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Samherji CEO Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson has temporarily stepped down from his post, RÚV reports, while investigations are being conducted in…

Icelandic Fishing Company Engaged In Bribery, Tax Evasion, Plundering African Resources

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Some 30,000 documents published by Wikileaks as The Fishrot Files, and subsequently reported on by Stundin, RÚV’s investigative news programme…