News
Monday News Edit: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

Monday News Edit: What Are Icelanders Talking About?

Alice Demurtas
Words by
Photos by
Timothée Lambrecq
Art Bicnick

Published April 16, 2018

As we get ready to enjoy what is expected to be one of the best days of summer, we also ponder over what has been on Icelanders’ minds of late besides studded snow tires and the upcoming elections. Here’s a round-up of fresh debates, hot topics and crazy madness from these past few days.

With the #MeToo revolution sweeping the nation, you’d think we had finally pinned down some fundamentals. Yet, it doesn’t look like everybody has gotten the memo. Football player Elmar Bjarnason and his astonishingly naive tweets on gender equality in Iceland prove that. “The patriarchy is a conspiracy theory—isn’t our PM a woman?” he wrote. “Stop with the BS, just work harder and better than your male counterparts.” Elmar also went on to criticise gender quotas, claiming that an individual should get a job because of their skills not because of their gender. Thank God we have someone like Elmar to show us the light. Now that we know it’s all in our head we can just go back to the kitchen and just work harder. Chop chop.

When it comes to cringy situations however, nobody tops the Icelandic government. After the air attack on Syria carried out by United States, France and Britain, Iceland’s Prime Minister ambiguously claimed on national TV hat Iceland had not specifically expressed any support for the mission. Only one day later, however an assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs revealed that the Icelandic government had actually supported the bombings. Awkward.
The news sparked a harsh controversy in Iceland, not only because of the despicable actions of Icelandic authorities, but also because it seems that, in the grip of the Independence Party, the PM and the Left Greens have turned against their own ethos, supporting an organisation they’ve long been opposed to.

Then again, it’s hard to decide on what side of the road to stand on. Among the topics Icelanders are lately divided over, there is a possible ban on diesel cars. A recent survey found that about 39% of people living in Reykjavík are in favour of a ban on diesel cars for the year 2030. In comparison, only 44% of inhabitants would be opposed to such measures. The ban on diesel cars could potentially become part of Iceland’s plan to employ renewable energy for about 40% of local transports. But will it ever be implemented, in a country that loves cars so much it should have a 4×4 stamped on its own flag?


News
Icelandic Cat Gets Stuck In Mud, Hilarity Ensues

Icelandic Cat Gets Stuck In Mud, Hilarity Ensues

by

Many people think being a cat is all sleeping, eating and sleeping some more. However, breaking news from RÚV attests

News
Island Life: Malnourished Lambs & A Mouse Lottery In Iceland

Island Life: Malnourished Lambs & A Mouse Lottery In Iceland

by

58 lambs on a farm in east Iceland needed to be put down because they were malnourished. Authorities have reportedly

News
Armenians Use Viking Clap During Protest Against New Government

Armenians Use Viking Clap During Protest Against New Government

by

Among the protests that have shaken Aremenia for the past seven days, there was a very particular one. In a

News
Icelandic Prison Escapee Releases Statement To The Press: “Be Back Soon”

Icelandic Prison Escapee Releases Statement To The Press: “Be Back Soon”

by

Sindri Þór Stefánsson, who escaped from a minimum security prison earlier this week and caught a plane to Sweden, wants

News
The Challenges Of That Icelandic Boy Who Built A Lego Titanic

The Challenges Of That Icelandic Boy Who Built A Lego Titanic

by

Brynjar Karl Birgisson, the autistic Icelandic boy who has taken the world by storm with his large scale model of

News
Icelandic Nurses Association To Pay School Fees For Male Nurse Students

Icelandic Nurses Association To Pay School Fees For Male Nurse Students

by

The Icelandic Nurses’ Association has recently announced their intention to pay school fees for young male students, in order to

Show Me More!