Author: Andie Sophia Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Hospital Hit With “Optimisation Requirement” Of 4.3 Billion ISK

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Landspítali, Iceland’s national hospital, has often operated at a loss. Last year, they reported a 3.8 billion ISK deficit, and…

Iceland Now With Lowest Infection Rate In Europe

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Iceland’s pandemic restrictions, both domestically and at the border, appear to be paying off again. According to the latest data…

What A Twist: Mom Air Turns Out To Be Art Project All Along

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To the surprise of—well, someone, we suppose—the mind behind Mom Air has announced that the whole thing is, indeed, and…

COVID Round-Up: 11 Domestic Cases Yesterday, Most Already In Quarantine

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11 people were diagnosed positive with the coronavirus yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. Six of these people…

Happy Icelandic Language Day!

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Today is a special day in Iceland: “Dagur íslenskrar tungu” (literally “Day Of The Icelandic Tongue,” i.e. “Icelandic Language Day”)….

Sigur Rós Releases New Video, “Stendur Æva”, Featuring Special Guests

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Iconic Icelandic band Sigur Rós has released a new single and video today, Stendur Æva. The song features numerous musical…

COVID Regulations To Relax Slightly From November 18th

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Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir has announced that, starting November 18th, there will be some relaxation of the social restrictions…

COVID Round-Up: Eight Domestic Cases Yesterday

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Only eight people were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Iceland yesterday, according to the latest data from covid.is. Two of…

Canadian Company Buys All Exploration Licenses For Gold In Iceland

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St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp, a Canadian mining company, has now acquired all the exploration licenses for gold in Iceland. The company…

City Of Reykjavík Buys Sex Toy Shop, Will Turn It Into Playschool

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Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson announced on Twitter yesterday that city council has approved the purchase of two properties…

Poll: Only Three Parties With Double-Digit Support

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A new poll from Market and Media Research, conducted from November 6th to 11th, shows only three parties measuring in…

Mom Air “Not Performance Art Of Any Kind”, Creator Insists

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Oddur Eysteinn Friðriksson, the mind behind Mom Air, sent a statement to the Grapevine this morning wherein he states “Mom…

Where Is The New Constitution? – A Nation Still Waits For Iceland 2.0

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The collapse of Iceland’s economy in late 2008 incited a tremendous amount of anger in the nation’s people. While the…

New “Budget Airline” Probably Performance Art, Attracts Attention Of Lawyer

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The Grapevine and other media outlets received a press release yesterday announcing the creation of a new budget airline called…

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Hedges Bets On US Elections, Hopes For “Good Cooperation”

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As international attention is focused on the US elections—in particular, the race for the White House—Iceland’s Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór…

Gods Of Iceland: Loki, A Nonbinary Icon Of Mischief

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Superpowers: Shapeshifting, instigating Weaknesses: Serpent venom Modern Analogue: Double Trouble from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Although one of…

Justice Minister: Wait Time For Senegalese Family “Unacceptable”

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A Senegalese family who have been living in Iceland for nearly seven years now—including two children, both born in Iceland—are…

Polls: No Majority Possible Without The Independence Party

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Current Gallup polling of Iceland’s viable political parties shows that, if elections were held today, a ruling coalition of one…

New Pandemic Restrictions Announced

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At a press conference held at Harpa Concert Hall just moments ago, the Icelandic government announced new and stricter restrictions…

Further Pandemic Restrictions On The Horizon

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Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason announced at a press conference held minutes ago that he was preparing a draft to submit…

Poll: Conservatives Trend Downward; Social Democrats Upward

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Few surprises were revealed in Market and Media Research’s new monthly poll on who Icelanders would vote for if parliamentary…

Wants The Police To Meet Parliamentary Committee To Discuss Racism & Hate Speech

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Yesterday’s news that a photo of a police officer shows them wearing some questionable insignia, including a known hate symbol,…

Flags On Police Uniform Raise Questions; Capital Area Police Respond

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A photo used with an unrelated crime story on MBL has raised numerous questions amongst Icelanders, chief amongst them being…

Earthquake News: How To React, More Quakes This Morning, Supermarket Trashed

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Yesterday’s powerful earthquake—a 5.7 just 3.3km beneath the surface near Krýsuvík—shook the greater part of southwest Iceland and prompted a…

Massive Earthquake Strikes, Felt Across Southwest Iceland

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An enormous earthquake, lasting several seconds but feeling more like an eternity, just struck at 13:43 barely four kilometres away…