From Iceland — RVK Newscast 198: Icelandic Football Team In The Euros

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Art Bicnick

SPORTS. Not something Josie Anne knows a lot about, but for this edition of RVK newscast, our journalist visits the home of the Iceland national football team, Laugardalsvöllur.

The Icelandic national women’s football team have been playing in the Euros, but were knocked out last night—despite not actually losing a match. The team, who are affectionately known as ‘Stelpurnar okkar,’ or ‘our girls,’ drew 1-1 against Belgium, Italy, and finally France, but were beaten on a points basis by Belgium and France who will progress to the next stage of the tournament.

Drífa Snædal, the president of trade union, ASÍ, has raised concerns about a crisis in the labour market. There is currently a huge need for labour, and she says that as a result foreign workers who do not know their rights are flocking here. This can put workers in very vulnerable positions, and there are growing reports of exploitation, especially in the tourist industry.

A recently released poster for a concert entitled “Rock in Reykjavík” has resulted in controversy as it featured 50 male musicians, with no female or queer musicians represented in the lineup. Read more here.

OR listen to our latest episode of The Icelandic Roundup podcast, where we speak to musicians and organisers Ólöf Benediktsdóttir and Laufey Soffía about their experience of being women in the music industry in Iceland.

Get yourself a copy of the original Rokk í Reykjavík poster from our shop!

Check out this playlist of women rockers in Iceland.

The Best Of Iceland 2022 features our all-new picks of the very best hotels, hikes, trips, pools, cafés, restaurants, road trips and must-see places Iceland has to offer, with special guides, in-depth articles on some of the country’s most magical sites, and loads more besides. Pick up a copy here.

Thank you to the staff at KSÍ for allowing us to film inside the stadium.

The Newscast is made possible with the help of our friends at Einstök Beer.

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