Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Fewer Icelanders Complete College

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In comparison to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, few Icelanders are graduating from college. According…

Icelandic Women To Be Interrogated In Czech Republic

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Two 18-year-old Icelandic women who were arrested on suspicions of cocaine possession in the Czech Republic in November 2012 are…

Secure Your Trampolines; High Wind Warning In Effect

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The Reykjavík Fire Department is urging residents of the capital area to be prepared for high winds that are forecasted…

Fast Food Preferences Of Icelanders Revealed

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Pizza is the fast food of choice for Icelanders, with twice as many people saying they would opt for a…

The Rent Is Too Damn High

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While this is not news to anybody currently paying rent in central Reykjavík, rental rates are on the rise. The…

Studios Buzzing Over New Baltasar Kormákur Project

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A new project in the works by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur is generating a lot of buzz among film studios….

Cats Under House Arrest In Kópavogur

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Kópavogur City Council member Guðríður Arnardóttir has suggested at a recent council meeting that it be mandated that cat owners…

Grocery Prices Continue To Rise

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The Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ) has found that the cost of groceries in Iceland have increased by up to…

Where Did The Icelandic Horse Come From?

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A trio of researchers has undertaken the task of investigating the origins of the Icelandic horse. Albína Hulda Pálsdóttir, an…

Busy Night For Police In Reykjavík

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The police were busy tending to a bunch of people under the influence of one thing or another throughout the…

Tourists Take On Rental Car Company Over Insurance

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Two women from the UK were vacationing in Iceland in November 2012 when they found the rental car they were…

MP Supports Asylum For Snowden

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MP for the Pirate Party, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, is speaking out in favour of granting asylum to Edward Snowden, the American…

Young Women Least Employed in Northeast Iceland

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Like in other parts of the country, the economy in Northeast Iceland has been improving since 2009, however young women…

Minister Of Environment Won’t Sign Off On Increased Protection

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Progressive Party MP Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson will not sign off on a proposal outlining increased environmental protection of Þjórsárver. Sigurður…

Hey There, Sunshine!

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The sun finally graced Reykjavík with its presence today, delighting locals and tourists alike who have grown sullenly accustom to…

Social Democrat MP: Government Giving 10 Billion ISK Gift To Ship Owners

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Helgi Hjörvar, MP for the Social Democratic Alliance, is accusing the Progressive Party-led government of essentially giving a 10 billion…

Crater Named After Halldór Laxness

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The International Astronomers Union (IAU) approved a proposal put forth by scientists working with NASA’s Messenger mission to name a…

Petition Launched To Protest Revocation of Fishing Fee

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An online petition was launched on June 17th – Iceland’s Independence Day – protesting the new Progressive Party-led government’s decision…

Tourist Site Fees Would Double Revenue Of Increased VAT On Accommodation

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Implementing a fee system for access to six popular tourist destinations in Iceland could result in double the revenue that…

Abolition Of Fishing Fee “Incomprehensible”

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Social Democratic Alliance MP Helgi Hjörvar is calling the Progressive Party-led government’s bill to reduce the fee charged to quota…

New Additions To The Name List

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The Icelandic Naming Committee has added 16 new female monikers to its list of approved names, while rejecting two others….

Entry Fees Coming To A Scenic Area Near You

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The idea of charging for access to Iceland’s popular tourist attractions is presenting itself again, with the Minister of Industry…

Whaling Ships Left The Harbour Last Night

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Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9, two whaling ships belonging to Hvalur hf, departed Reykjavík harbour yesterday evening en route for…

80 Icelanders In ‘Noah’ Film

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When the Darren Aronofsky flick ‘Noah’ was filming in Iceland last year 80 Icelanders participated as extras. Many of the…

Happy Independence Day!

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You may not see Will Smith running around downtown Reykjvík thwarting an alien invasion, but it’s still Independence Day in…