Author: Andie Sophia Fontaine - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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…

What Are Icelanders Talking About? The Top Stories On Everyone’s Minds

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There’s a lot going on in the news these days; a great deal of it regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Our…

Iceland Needs To Do Better In Defending Queer Rights

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Of the many conclusions reached at an online meeting on queer rights in Iceland held last Tuesday, one of them…

COVID-19 Roundup: First Wave Levels Reached, Restrictions To Be Extended

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At a press conference held just minutes ago, it was revealed that 81 active infections were found yesterday, with 80%…

Prime Minister Submits Three Bills On Gender Determination

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir submitted three bills to Parliament yesterday, all pertaining to the gender determination act of 2019, RÚV…

Support For New Constitution Continues To Rise Dramatically

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The official petition calling for the adoption of the 2012 constitutional draft has, at the time of this writing, crossed…

Justice Minister Again Attempts To Abolish Naming Committee

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Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir is again introducing legislation that would altogether abolish Iceland’s controversial Naming Committee, amongst many…

Ask An Expert: What Was The First Guitar Solo In Icelandic History?

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Iceland has certainly made a name for itself as a seemingly boundless source of great music, starting with its full-armed…

‘Great Barrington Declaration’ Part Of Climate Science Denial Network, Possibly Astroturfing

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Investigations conducted by The Byline Times have revealed that the Great Barrington Declaration, a website objecting to coronavirus social restrictions…

Gods of Iceland: Rán, The Goddess Who Will Literally Drown You

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Superpowers: Will literally drown you Weaknesses: None Modern analogue: A woman who will literally drown you Rán is the wife…

What Are Icelanders Talking About? The Topics Getting People Banned From The Comments

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This probably won’t come as a surprise to our readers, but the hottest topic right now is the increased domestic…

A Queer Utopia? Examining The Gap Between The Law And The People

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Iceland has a reputation, in many ways well-deserved, as a good place for queer people to live. While the country…

Iceland’s Unlikely Role In Space Exploration: From 1965 And Into The Future

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With the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, Earth’s exploration of space began in earnest. Since then, the focus had…

Prime Minister Offers Concessions Over Iceland’s Constitution

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir intends to submit a bill this November which would make two changes to Iceland’s constitution, Fréttablaðið…

Pagans Largest Non-Christian Faith In Iceland; Humanists Increase Significantly

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Registers Iceland has released new numbers on religious and philosophical affiliations in Iceland, showing some marked differences between figures from…

Lay-Offs At National Queer Organisation “A Precautionary Measure” Pending New Contracts

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All four paid employees of the National Queer Organisation have been laid off, Vísir reports. This is due to contracts…

Government Introduces New Economic Package; Unions Expressly Disappointed

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir introduced yesterday a new economic stimulus package aimed at keeping Iceland’s economy alive through the coronavirus…

COVID-19 Round-Up: Two In Intensive Care, Domestic Numbers Continue Soaring

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32 people were diagnosed with coronavirus yesterday, Vísir reports, with 17 of them already in quarantine. More troubling, six people…