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deCODE CEO: Tourism Boosts Risk Of Second Coronavirus Wave; Police Chief Calls For Unity

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Kári Stefánsson, the CEO of deCODE Genetics, told RÚV that the more tourists come to Iceland, the greater the risks…

Icelanders Need To Step Up Their Social Distancing Game, Chief Epidemiologist Says

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A spate of domestic infections, some of which have been attributed to people visiting the Westman Islands last weekend, has…

Iceland’s Office COVID-19 Data Site Still Showing Poor Coordination In Different Languages

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The official site for pertinent data on the corona virus in Iceland, covid.is, is still showing marked inconsistency in accuracy…

Iceland’s “Second Wave” Mostly Affecting People Under 40

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About 40% of those with active COVID-19 symptoms are people under the age of 30, RÚV reports, primarily in the…

Mixed Messages About Having To Mask Up On The Bus, Questions Over Mask Prices

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Yesterday’s announcement that Iceland will once again be tightening up restrictions to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus has…

70% Of Residents Support Combining Reykjavik Area Towns; Majority Want One Big City

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Reykjavík, Mosfellsbær, Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður and Seltjarnarnes—these are the towns of the capital area, with a combined population of 232,789…

Dozens Questioned Over West Reykjavik Fire, No Word On Property Owner

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Police have questioned about 30 people as witnesses in connection with a house fire in West Reykjavík on June 25th,…

US Citizens In Iceland Want Ambassador To Be Removed From Position

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After months of nearly non-existent consular service at the US embassy, in addition to recent coverage of US Ambassador Jeffrey…

Over A Year After Protest, Demonstrators Face Charges

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More than a year after the fact, a demonstrator who took part in a peaceful protest at the Ministry of…

Ask A Scientist: How Do You Know When A Volcano Will Erupt?

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Volcanoes! Everyone loves volcano news, but living close to one when it erupts, not so much. That’s why Iceland has…

After The Fire: We Can Do More To Protect Immigrants. When Will We?

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On June 25th, a house fire at Bræðraborgarstígur 1 killed three people and injured numerous others. The house had been…

US Ambassador Tweets About “Invisible China Virus”, Draws Criticism From Icelanders

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US Ambassador to Iceland Jeffrey Ross Gunter posted a tweet last night that has drawn concerted criticism, from Icelanders and…

Queering The Chaos! Hannah Jane And Andie Sophia’s Editorial

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Pride Month may be in June for some parts of the world, but in Iceland—as in much of Scandinavia—it’s in…

Female Heroes Of Icelandic Folk Tales: Solveig Thoroddsen Brings The Ancient To Life

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A woman jilted by a priest slits her own throat. A man discovers that his wife is actually a seal….

Listening To Volcanoes: Volcano Science Is A Quiet Job—Until It Isn’t


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“I grew up in this field,” Baldur Bergsson, a specialist in monitoring at the Icelandic Met Office, tells us as…

Just Sayings: “Engum flýgur sofanda steikt gæs í munn”

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“No goose flies into your mouth already roasted” sounds like a fairly obvious observation to make. Geese are mean, vicious…

Icelandair And Flight Attendants Union Sign Agreement; Firings Rescinded

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Icelandair and the flight attendants’ union (FFÍ) have signed a new collective bargaining agreement, Vísir reports. The news comes just…

Icelandair Fires Its Flight Attendants In Middle Of Labour Negotiations

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After members of the flight attendants’ union (FFÍ) voted against a collective bargaining agreement struck by union officials and Icelandair…

In Wake Of Worker-Led Actions, Union Head Demands Gov’t Make Wage Theft Punishable

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Sólveig Anna Jónsdóttir, the director of the labour union Efling, posted an open letter to the Icelandic government yesterday, calling…

Four More Countries Added Can Skip Coronavirus Screening Upon Arrival In Iceland

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Starting on July 16th, passengers arriving in Iceland from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany will no longer need to get…

Icelandic Companies And Offices Reminded To Include Nonbinary Gender Registration

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In accordance with a law on gender determination passed by Parliament over a year ago, Icelandic companies and offices now…

‘This Is Not A Show’ – Bára Halldórsdóttir’s Installation Sheds Light On Life For The Disabled

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Activist and artist Bára Halldórsdóttir is back with an installation piece entitled ‘This Is Not A Show’. “This is not…

Iceland’s Last Fin Whaling Company May Be Coming To An End

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Hvalur hf., the last Icelandic whaling company that still hunts fin whales, might soon be no more. A lengthy report…

Foreign Workers Should Be Informed Of Their Rights “Upon Arrival In Iceland”

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New research for the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre has investigated the conditions of foreign workers in the tourism industry, from…

GYÐA And Jónsi Release Video For ‘Evol Lamina’

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Two of Iceland’s musical greats have teamed up for a song and an amazing video. Gyða Valtýsdóttir, better known as…


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