News
New Batch Of Icelandic Citizenship Applications Approved

New Batch Of Icelandic Citizenship Applications Approved

Photos by
Paul Fontaine

Published June 12, 2018

A fresh round of Icelandic citizenships were approved by Parliamentary committee yesterday, including a few very striking names.

Citizenship is normally awarded through the Ministry of Justice, but people can appeal directly to the Parliamentary General Committee in certain circumstances. This committee reviews these applications and compiles a list of names for approved citizenship, which is almost always then summarily approved by Parliament.

The latest list is comprised of 69 names out of a total 147 that the committee received. Two names in particular stand out on this list.

The first is Evelyn Glory Joseph, originally from Nigeria. Her name first appeared in the news in 2013, when an assistant of then Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, leaked a memo to Fréttablaðið and mbl.is that contained a list of details about her and Tony Omos, the father of her children, who had sought asylum in Iceland but was rejected. The details in this memo proved to be false and misleading, leading to Hanna Birna’s resignation, Gísli Freyr receiving a probationary sentence, and damages awarded to both Tony and her.

The second is Nar­g­izu Salimova, originally of Kyrgyzstan. Kjarninn reported that she had applied for asylum but, due to a mistake with a lawyer at the Red Cross, missed the deadline for appealing her case. As such, she was facing imminent deportation. With the granting of citizenship, they now report that her deportation will not go forward as planned.


News
Meet One Of The Last Icelanders To Live In A Turf House

Meet One Of The Last Icelanders To Live In A Turf House

by

Elísabet Sveinsdóttir is one of the few remaining Icelanders to live in a traditional turf house, something she looks forward

News
Turkish Flag Raised Over Icelandic Government Offices In Act Of Protest

Turkish Flag Raised Over Icelandic Government Offices In Act Of Protest

by

The Turkish flag was hoisted over Iceland’s government offices yesterday in an act of protest against what friends and family

News
Reykjavik Socialists Call For End To Special Bonuses For Councilpersons

Reykjavik Socialists Call For End To Special Bonuses For Councilpersons

by

Reykjavík councilpersons receive bonuses for attending meetings that amount to a monthly wage for many city workers. Socialists want to

News
Household Water Use During Argentina-Iceland Game Looks Like You’d Expect

Household Water Use During Argentina-Iceland Game Looks Like You’d Expect

by

Capital area utilities company Veitur tracked household water usage during the Argentina-Iceland match, and the results are pretty unsurprising. According

News
Icelandic Presidential Chauffeur Position Now Open

Icelandic Presidential Chauffeur Position Now Open

by

If you have ever dreamed of being a chauffeur — or even better, chauffeur to President of Iceland Guðni Th.

News
Drag Queen To Be Iceland’s “Lady Of The Mountain” This Year

Drag Queen To Be Iceland’s “Lady Of The Mountain” This Year

by

“The Lady of the Mountain”, the traditional living symbol of Iceland featured every Independence Day, will this year be played

Show Me More!