Author: Andie Sophia Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Terrorist Suspects: Possible Far-Right Ties; Justice Minister Proposes Pre-Emptive Investigations

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Yesterday’s arrest of four Icelandic men in their twenties, two of whom are still in custody, on suspicion of conspiring…

Suspected Terrorists Arrested, Plot Reportedly Foiled

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Four Icelandic men in their twenties were arrested yesterday, RÚV reports, alleged to have engaged in the production of weapons…

Russian Fund Offers To Pay Icelandic Journalists For Ukraine Trip, No One Accepts

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An Icelander has contacted several media outlets in the country with the offer from a Russian fund to pay for…

Terrorist Website Was Hosted In Iceland

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Last June, Reykjavík District Court ruled in favour of the capital area police that a hosting company in Iceland is…

Garbage Piling Up On Sea Floor Of Icelandic Waters, Report Says

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A new report (.pdf) from the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute details that garbage on the sea floor within Icelandic…

Wants To Move Immigration Offices To Reykjanesbær

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Four Independence Party MPs from the South Iceland district, which includes Reykjanesbær, have submitted a parliamentary proposal that would move…

Bilingual Children Learn Limited Icelandic

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Directors of preschools where almost all the students are bilingual or multilingual noted a significant increase in vocabulary and participation…

Most Icelanders Support Rent Control And Caps

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A new survey conducted by Maskína for the Association of Renters in Iceland shows broad political support for rent control…

Icelandic Classes During Working Hours Increasingly In Public Discussion

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Offering free Icelandic classes during working hours is gaining significant traction in public discourse in Iceland, opening the question: how…

Prime Minister: “Not At All Enough” Being Done To Help Immigrants Learn Icelandic

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir believes not enough is being done to help foreigners in Iceland learn Icelandic, Vísir reports, and…

Iceland (The Country) In Court Against Iceland (The Store) Again

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Oral arguments are being heard today in the case of the Icelandic government against the British store chain Iceland, RÚV…

Business Leaders Want Government To Make It Easier For Non-EEA Citizens To Immigrate

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Unemployment was at 3.2% in July, according to the Directorate of Labour, and there is a distinct labour shortage in…

National Church Membership Continues To Decline

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A new report from the National Registry shows that while the National Church is still the largest registered religious organisation…

Great Moments In Icelandic History: President Refuses To Sign Law

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The president of Iceland used to be a largely ceremonial position. All we ever expected of our heads of state…

Justice Ministry Attempts To Pass Sweeping Immigration Bill For Fifth Time

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Minister of Justice Jón Gunnarsson will try once again to pass a controversial bill that aims to make broad changes…

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…