News
Icelandic MP Gets Twice The Money His Travel Costs Should Have Been

Icelandic MP Gets Twice The Money His Travel Costs Should Have Been

Photos by
Oddfellow.is/Wikimedia Commons

Published February 14, 2018

While claiming, and receiving, 4.6 million ISK for travel expenses, recently calculations show that Independence Party MP Ásmundur Friðriksson’s travel costs should have been no more than just over 2 million ISK.

As reported, Ásmundur has recently been singled out for public attention and criticism due to having spent the most money on travel expenses within Iceland. These costs are reimbursed by Parliament, in his case to the tune of 4.6 million ISK – the highest amount paid out in travel expenses to any MP currently in Parliament.

While Ásmundur has been on the defensive justifying the expense, new calculations from the Icelandic Automobile Association (FÍB) show he may have drastically over-reported his expenses, RÚV reports.

Ásmundur drives a Kia Sportage, which rolled onto Icelandic streets in March 2016. Ásmundur bought his in December of the same year. Ásmundur did a lot of driving last year – about 48,000 kilometres worth.

FÍB calculated not only fuel costs, but also tune-ups, tires, insurance, taxes, parking, cleaning, and other related expanses, for a KIA Sportage. By their estimate, Ásmundur’s total travel expenses for the amount of driving he did should be no more than just over 2 million ISK.

Furthermore, Parliament’s own regulations stipulate that any MP driving more than 15,000km a year should instead rent a car rather than use their own, as a rental would actually cost less per year. Ásmundur is not alone in breaking this regulation, but the discrepancy between his reported his expenses and his likely actual expenses does raise questions. Ásmundur has not commented on FÍB’s calculations at the time of this writing.


News
Total Of Icelandic Women In Movies Hits Lowest Number Since The 1970s

Total Of Icelandic Women In Movies Hits Lowest Number Since The 1970s

by

From the year 2010, the number of Icelandic movies directed by women has been slowly falling. It currently stands at

News
Weather Warning: More Storms To Come!

Weather Warning: More Storms To Come!

by

Don’t get too used to today’s beautiful sunshine. Wind, rain and snow are about to make a comeback and it’s

News
Truckload Of Pig Parts Blocks Traffic In Iceland

Truckload Of Pig Parts Blocks Traffic In Iceland

by

A trailer full of large pig parts tipped over on Sæbraut this morning, snarling traffic and prompting frustration and amusement

News
Sigur rós Involved In A Lawsuit Over Millions Of ISK Missing From Concert Revenue

Sigur rós Involved In A Lawsuit Over Millions Of ISK Missing From Concert Revenue

by

The 35 million ISK that went missing from the tickets sale of Sigur rós’ Norður og Niður festival were never

News
East Icelanders, Fed Up With Busted Roads, Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

East Icelanders, Fed Up With Busted Roads, Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

by

When national authorities ignored a badly damaged road that has virtually isolated an east Iceland village, these Icelanders decided to

News
North Iceland Earthquakes Increasing In Strength, Still Very Frequent

North Iceland Earthquakes Increasing In Strength, Still Very Frequent

by

The tremors around the north Iceland island of Grímsey have been ongoing for the past few days now, and have

Show Me More!