Author: Sam O'Donnell - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Pave The Parking Lot, Put Up Paradise

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The Transportation Authorities agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to a new land development plan for Hlemmur, Vísir reports. If…

Temperatures Dropping, Snow Falling, Almost Like It’s Winter

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Experts at the Icelandic Met Office are predicting that temperatures will continue to drop over the coming days, after some…

Katrín Jakobsdóttir Meets The Queen At The NATO Summit

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Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir met Queen Elizabeth at the NATO Summit in London on Tuesday, Vísir reports. The meeting celebrated…

“Dirtbag” And “Shit Spreader”: Central Party Comes For Pirate Party In City Council

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Reykjavík city councilperson and municipal chair of the Centre Party, Vigdís Hauksdóttir, engaged in a bit of name-calling Monday in…

Reykjavík City Council Racks Up Massive 7.2 Million ISK Food Bill

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The cost of 20 Reykjavík City Council meetings from June 2018 to July 2019 amounted to 17 million ISK, or…

Reading Comprehension Poor Among Icelandic Teenagers

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The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has released a new survey done by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and…

BBC Recommends New Iceland Crime Drama ‘The Valhalla Murders’

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The upcoming RÚV/Netflix co-production ‘The Valhalla Murders’ was just recommended on BBC’s ‘Ten TV shows to watch in December’ and…

Minister Of Justice Proposes Shutting Down Naming Committee

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Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir has put forth a proposal to shut down the Naming Committee. If passed, it…

There Are Now Over 50,000 Immigrants In Iceland

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Well folks, we’ve done it. There are over fifty thousand immigrants in Iceland. First-generation immigrants now make up just over…

Mail Order Alcohol In The Works

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Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir intends to submit a bill to Parliament in March next year, permitting the sale…

Burglar Steals All The Cigarettes From Ísafjörður Shop

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A break-in occurred at Hamraborg in Ísafjörður on Saturday night. The burglar, a bearded man dressed in black, stole all…

Icelandic Teenager Claims Child Protection Failed To Protect Her From Abuse

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17-year-old Margrét Lillý Einarsdóttir is speaking up about the lifetime of abuse she endured by her mother, which she blames…

Heavy Air Pollution In Reykjavík

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The city of Reykjavík is suffering from heavy air pollution. The concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is high in Reykjavik…

Geysir: Unleashing The Hidden Power Of Iceland

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Few spots in Iceland are as iconic, as easily recognisable and emblematic of Iceland as Geysir. Tens of thousands visit…

Decline of Icelandic Church: Scandals And Controversy Lead To Mass Exodus

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The number of Icelanders who trust the National Church has decreased by half since the turn of the century. Only…

Icelandic Superstitions: Making It Rain

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Now that October is behind us, and the rainy season is supposed to be over, it’s finally time to take…

Beer, Beer & More Beer At Bryggjan Brugghús

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Icelandic beer Bryggjan Brugghús means “brewery on the pier,” which is quite fitting, considering its prime location on Reykjavík’s Old…

Football Star Kolbeinn Sigþórsson Arrested After Rowdy Night Out In Sweden

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It seems Icelandic Footballer Kolbeinn Sigþórsson drank too deeply from his own horn and landed himself behind bars in Sweden…

Gyða Valtýsdóttir Awarded Nordic Council Music Prize

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Composer Gyða Valtýsdóttir has officially won the Nordic Council Music Prize this year. Conductor and former winner of the prize…

The Weight Of Contrition: Icelandic Bishop Apologises To Gay Community

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The Bishop of Iceland, Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, apologised to the LGBTQ community on behalf of the national church. She said…

Blood Pudding & Other Fun Things: Blóðmör Redefine Heavy Metal

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A heavy distorted guitar riff. Subtle but pervasive bass. Drums keep a strict beat. A lyrical phrase repeated in rough…

The Matrix, Hummus, And Pancakes: Einar Stef’s Perfect Day

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Einar Stef is the drummer for electronic metal band, Hatari. In a rare moment, he speaks, and shares with us…

Former Icelandic First Family Officially Clones Dog

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Former first lady Dorrit Moussaieff’s dog, Samur has been cloned. Samson, the clone, was born in the United States. Former…

Hatari Releases New Single “Filthy Boy”

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Hatari has released a new single. Relentless Scam Incorporated issued a press release, saying they are “proud to introduce the…

IKEA Sells 862,000 Kleinur

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It seems the bakery in IKEA is growing in popularity. The most popular items they sell are ástarpungar and kleinur….