Can We Place A Price Tag On The Central Highlands?

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The Icelandic Environment Association and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association (INCA) recently held a conference to bring together a diverse…

Iceland Strikes Again!

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The conventional wisdom says that Iceland is a happy, prosperous place with that strong Nordic welfare system. But if things…

A Tycoon Lays Claim To His Palace

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Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, the last remaining tycoon of the Icelandic financial miracle, has announced that one of the most iconic…

Who Knew Banking Was Really About Dead Cats?

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The Reykjavik District Court is now one week into what has been dubbed the “large Kaupthing market manipulation case.” So…

Is The Fear of Showering Naked Preventing Tourists From Enjoying The Best Iceland Has To Offer?

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Visits to the great public pools of Reykjavík have not increased anywhere near as much as city officials would have…

Bankers On Trial, Again

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The Reykjavík District Court began hearing oral testimony on Monday in the largest case relating to the events leading up…

Every Swimming Pool In The Greater Reykjavík Area, Rated

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Any visitor to Iceland simply must visit one of the island’s ubiquitous public swimming pools. This is not a request….

Bankers Behind Bars: Is Iceland Living Up To That Meme

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One frequently encounters foreigners who believe that Iceland offers a unique model of how to deal with a financial crash….

Islamophobia In Iceland: Dog Whistle Politics And Outright Xenophobia

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The last few weeks have seen a major outbreak of Islamophobia in Iceland. Following the attacks at the editorial offices…

The Curious Case Of The Banned Toothbrushes

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Last month, visir.is ran a story with a headline tantamount to “Children in Reykjavík not allowed to get toothbrushes,” prompting…

How To Incriminate Yourself Through Inaction

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After weeks of mounting pressure and criticism, Iceland’s Minister of Finance, Bjarni Benediktsson, finally came out on Wednesday in support…

The Christmas Sweater: Another Awful Imported “Tradition”

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Christmas is probably the best example of the power of globalized consumer culture, to be exact: how “traditions” are constantly…

WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Finally, An Icelandic Front

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Anyone who’s followed American politics, or switched to Fox News over the holidays, knows that a full blown war is…

Iceland’s Economy Shrinks In Third Quarter

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After years of growing at a respectable rate, the Icelandic economy seems to have stalled. According to the most recent…

The Nature Pass: The Stupidest Tax In History

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According to official estimates, the number of foreign tourists in Iceland will top the one million mark for the first time…

Military-Lite

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The biggest news item in Iceland during the past month was of course “The Curious Case of the Disappearing, Re-appearing…

The Endless Bubble Of Overblown Expectations

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In the spring of 2007, when the Icelandic financial bubble was reaching its peak, the Ministry of Industry held a…

Everything Counts

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Statistics Iceland (SI) raised a few eyebrows when the institution announced that it would as of September include estimates of…

Foreign Policy For Profit

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Last week, the Russian government announced they would respond to Western sanctions over the situation in the Ukraine with some…

Protestors Force The Police To Break The Law

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Last week, the National Audit Office of Iceland published a report criticising the National Police Commissioner for having violated laws…

Re-Imagining Money And Banking

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For the last three decades, Dr. Margrit Kennedy has been advocating for a transformation of the world money system, for…

THE ICELANDIC EDUCATION SYSTEM: A PRIMER

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The Icelandic education system resembles those of Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. There are four levels of education: day-care for…

The Case Against ‘The One Big University Theory Of Academic Excellence’

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One of the more common arguments heard in debates on higher education in Iceland, especially when it comes to university…

The Politisation Of Achievement

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Icelanders like nothing better than confirmations of their belief that they are somehow the greatest, the strongest, the most beautiful…