Author: Andie Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

In Search Of Iceland’s First Hamburger

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Hamburgers may be ubiquitous in Iceland today, but that wasn’t always the case. When the first hamburger arrived is still…

Icelanders Are The World’s 4th Happiest People. But Who Are The Happiest Icelanders?

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A new UN report puts Iceland in 4th place for the world’s happiest people, raising the question: who are the…

Reykjavik Area Hotel Workers Go On Strike Tomorrow

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The first round of hotel worker strikes begins tomorrow, and the labour union Efling has compiled a handy schedule and…

Reykjavik Bus Service To Be Free On High Air Pollution Days

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Plans are currently in the works to allow people to use the city bus service for free on days where…

VIDEOS: Three Arrested At Parliament Under Questionable Circumstances

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Three protesters were arrested in front of Parliament yesterday, despite parliamentary staff saying these protesters were not hindering access to…

Two Russian Anti-Sub Bombers Fly Near Iceland, Escorted Away By Italian Jets

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The Icelandic Coast Guard (LHG) has announced that two Russian Tupolev Tu-142 anti-submarine bombers flew into NATO airspace, prompting immediate…

Southwest Iceland Slot Machine Heist Nets 6 To 8 Million ISK

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An uncommon—but not unheard of—type of heist went down in southwest Iceland recently. Local Suðurnes reports that a restaurant in…

Refugee Protesters Disperse, Cite Failing Health And Xenophobia

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Inclement weather and an outpouring of xenophobia, some of them from former Icelandic politicians, have led to the refugees dispersing…

Arbitration Court Rules Work Restrictions Illegal, Strikes Still On Schedule

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Iceland’s arbitration court has ruled that work restrictions planned by unions are not legal, but the strikes will move forward…

Replacement For Outgoing Justice Minister Appointed

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The Independence Party has retained control over the Ministry of Justice by combining it with the Ministry of Tourism, Industry…

Strike News: Bus Service Will Be Affected, VR On Board To Strike

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Workers for the Store and Office Workers’ Union (VR) voted in favour of going on strike, RÚV reports. Voter participation…

BREAKING: Iceland’s Minister Of Justice Resigns

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Minister of Justice Sigríður Á. Andersen has just announced that she will be resigning—or in her words, “stepping aside”—from her…

Icelandic Park Rangers Fend Off Justin Bieber Fans

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Park rangers in South Iceland say they have had to intercept numerous Justin Bieber fans attempting to recreate one of…

Palestinian-Icelandic Writer Nominated For Man Booker Prize

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Mazen Maarouf, a Palestinian-Icelandic author who has been an Icelandic citizen since 2013, has been nominated for the Man Booker…

Rift Forming In Iceland’s Parliament Over Future Of Justice Minister

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Calls for the resignation of—or the adamant defence of—Minister of Justice Sigríður Á Andersen are dividing along party lines in…

VIDEO: Icelandic Police Use Force Against Peaceful Protesters

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A group of refugees who hoped to peacefully demonstrate in front of Parliament yesterday were attacked unprovoked by the police,…

European Court Of Human Rights Declares Icelandic Judge Appointments Illegal

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Minister of Justice Sigríður Á. Andersen’s appointment of four judges to the Court of Appeals constituted a violation of the…

Island Life: Planes Grounded, Phone Ban, Closed Canyons

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News from the people of Vopnafjörður, in northeast Iceland. They are beside themselves with worry as flights to Vopnafjörður, Höfn…

More Strike Actions Overwhelmingly Approved By Icelandic Tourism Workers

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Hotel and bus company workers overwhelmingly approved taking further strike actions, which may begin soon as next week, the union…

VIDEO: Striking Icelandic Union Gets Solidarity Statements From Unions Around The World

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Efling, the labour union leading a one-day work stoppage today of hotel and guesthouse housekeeping staff, has received solidarity statements…

Mayor Of Small Icelandic Town At War With Google Maps

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The mayor of Bolungarvík has taken great exception with Google Maps, as satellite imagery of the town shows it buried…

Strike Deemed Legal By Courts, Will Begin As Scheduled

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A one-day work stoppage of hotel and guesthouse cleaning, housekeeping and laundry services will move forward as planned, as the…

Icelandic Cafe Starts “Pay As You Feel” Offer

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A cafe in Hafnarfjörður has started a novel offer: for four hours a day, customers are able to pay what…

Trial Of Icelandic Deportation Protesters Begins

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The trial of two Icelanders who attempted to stop the deportation of an asylum seeker on board an Icelandair flight…

PHOTOS: Icelandic Children Celebrate Öskudagur

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As reported, Ash Wednesday in Iceland, or Öskudagur (“Ashes Day”), is a holiday for either religious adults or children of…