Author: Andie Sophia Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Great Moments In Icelandic History: Klettagos

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In December 2010, a newly minted beverage company called Gosverksmiðjan Klettur launched Klettagos, an Icelandic soft drink that looked and…

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….

Pride Officially Begins In Iceland

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It’s the week before the second weekend in August, and that can mean only one thing in Iceland: the beginning…

The Cat Returns

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If you were worried about what became of Nóra, the cat who escaped Animal Services after being snitched out by…

Union Head Questions Why Top Gov’t Officials Get Percentage Pay Rises Beyond General Agreement

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President of the Confederation of Icelandic Labour Unions (ASÍ) Drífa Snædal considers it strange that members of Parliament, government ministers,…

Track by Track: “Ox” by Gyða

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Gyða’s latest album, “Ox,” has been garnering accolades the world over lately, as the artist continues to exceed expectations. But…

Get Your Summer Read On

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The books to read while travelling around Iceland Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Author: SJÓN Sjón is hands down…

Icelanders Too Impatient With Accented Icelandic, Professor Of Icelandic Says

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Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, a professor of Icelandic who has been very outspoken on how inclusive the language needs to be, told…

Whaling Is Hurting Tourism, Industry Leaders Say

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With the resumption of whaling five days ago after a four-year hiatus, and the landing of the first fin whale…

Icelandic State To Pay Damages To Woman Who Was Deported While Nine Months Pregnant

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The Icelandic government has admitted liability in the deporting of an Albanian woman in 2019 who was nine months pregnant…

Labour, Management & Central Bank Square Off Over Inflation–And How To Stop It

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There is no disputing that Iceland’s inflation rate has been steadily rising–from 4.3% in July 2021 to 7.6% in April…

Asylum Seeker Bill Withdrawn (Again), No Mass Deportations Yet, Refugee Work Permit Bill Fails To Pass

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Legislation and other government action regarding asylum seekers and refugees has, in recent days, been significant because of what has…

MP Offended By Sculpture In Front Of Parliament, Wants It Moved Elsewhere

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Since 2012, Spanish artist Santiago Sierra’s ‘The Black Cone, Monument To Civil Disobedience’ has stood in front of Parliament, a…

What’s Next For Reynisfjara?

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Following last Friday’s death at Reynisfjara beach, the fifth such death in the past seven years, discussion has renewed over…

The Equaliser: Haraldur Þorleifsson On Power, Misinformation, And Leveling The Playing Field

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Haraldur Ingi Þorleifsson wears many hats. While ostensibly an entrepreneur and businessman who founded the creative technology services company Ueno…

Property Values Take Biggest Jump Since Financial Crash

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The National Registry has issued its report on property valuation for 2023, and it does not bode well for those…

Government Still Preparing To Deport About 200 People, Including Families & Wheelchair User

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While the government has reduced its numbers of planned deportations from about 300 to 200, many of them are still…

Deportations To Greece In Contravention Of Law, Red Cross Says

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The Icelandic Red Cross has issued a detailed report (.pdf) citing numerous sources that concludes, as has been done many…

Government Divided Over Mass Deportations, Bishop Publicly Opposes Them

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The planned mass deportation of nearly 300 people, many of whom have been living in Iceland for two years or…

Nothing Stopping Government From Granting People International Protection

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Intense debate is still ongoing in Parliament following recent news that Iceland plans to deport some 300 people from the…

Progressives Begin Formal Talks With Social Dems, Pirates & Reform Party For Reykjavík City Council Majority

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At a press conference held just moments ago, representatives of the Progressive Party, the Reform Party, the Social Democrats and…

City Hall 2022: Progressives In Reykjavík To Meet This Evening

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Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir, the head of the list for the Reform Party in Reykjavík, posted on Facebook yesterday that her…

Numerous Objections Raised As Iceland Prepares To Deport Hundreds

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The Icelandic government is preparing to deport some 300 people from the country who applied for international protection in Iceland…

Magma Collecting, Increased Earthquakes At Reykjanes

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There is an increasing amount of magma collecting just northwest of Mt Þorbjörn in Reykjanes, RÚV reports. Scientists monitoring the…

Directorate Of Health Announces “Widespread Immunity” Against COVID, But Reinfection Still A Risk

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A new report issued by the Directorate of Health concludes that “widespread immunity against COVID-19 has been achieved in society”,…