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Iceland Third Best Country for Mothers

06.05.2015 - icelandreview: In Save the Children’s 2015 Mothers’ Index, released yesterday, Iceland is listed as the third best place in the world to be a mother, up from fourth place last year. Norway tops the list with Finland placing second....

Petition against Minister’s Mackerel Quota Bill

06.05.2015 - icelandreview: Almost 30,000 people have signed a petition in protest of a bill on the distribution of the mackerel quota presented by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson at the end of April....

Danger at Dyrhólaey, Tourists Ignore Closures

06.05.2015 - icelandreview: The Environment Agency of Iceland has closed parts of Dyrhólaey promontory in South Iceland after a big rockslide fell 120 meters (400 feet) down from the promontory’s highest point and into the ocean on Tuesday. Visitors are asked to respect the closures...

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06.05.2015 - icelandreview: Skrúður Island at the mouth of Fáskrúðsfjörður Fjord in East Iceland....

Strikes May Reach 70,000 Workers in Iceland

06.05.2015 - icelandreview: More unions are planning strikes, which may lead to 70,000 people in Iceland striking as of next month. It would be the most wide-reaching strikes the country has seen in decades....

Pirate Party now Iceland’s most popular

06.05.2015 - icenewsis: Local poling has revealed that the Icelandic Pirate Party is now the country’s biggest political party after a further surge in its popularity. The party, which is a feature in more than 60 other countries, supports internet and data freedom. In February,...

Iceland revokes law allowing citizens to kill Basques

06.05.2015 - icenewsis: Authorities in Iceland have revoked a 400-year-old law that allowed citizens to kill Basques on sight. For the past four centuries, people in Iceland have been permitted to kill anyone from the Basque region of northern Spain and southern France should th...

Teens Wreck Cars in Reykjavík Suburb

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: Four young men aged 16-22 were arrested in Breiðholt, a suburb of Reykjavík, on Friday on suspicion of having damaged more than 20 cars. The suspects had to remain in custody while being questioned; Reykjavík Metropolitan Police are investigating the case...

Inspired by Iceland’s ‘Human Search Engine’ on BBC

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: The latest tourism marketing campaign by Inspired by Iceland, a ‘human search engine,’ was covered on bbc.com on Friday. Seven different people, all men called Guðmundur or women called Guðmunda, living in the seven different regions of the country, answe...

A Piece of Cake (VH)

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: The PM explains....

Opposition MPs Angry at PM for Having Cake

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: Opposition MPs were upset when Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson left the parliament’s floor in the middle of a debate yesterday, allegedly to eat cake. They accused him of being disrespectful....

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05.05.2015 - icelandreview: Kirkjufjara beach, South Iceland....

Cod & Horse (PS)

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: One-and-a-half hours north of Reykjavík is Rjúkandi, one of the best restaurants in the republic....

Reykjavík Multicultural Day Coming Up

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: The seventh Reykjavík Multicultural Day will take place this Saturday, May 9. The program kicks off at 1 pm with a parade from Hallgrímskirkja, the Reykjavík landmark church, down Laugavegur and on to the City Hall....

Strike Leads to Shortage of Meat in Iceland

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: Hundreds of tons of imported meat are being stored at the docks in Sundahöfn in Reykjavík but cannot be moved on to meat processing plants because veterinarians are on strike. Slaughtering of most Icelandic animals has also come to a halt. If the strike c...

Pirates Protest Destruction of Furniture

05.05.2015 - icelandreview: Representatives of the Pirate Party protested yesterday the destruction of furniture which have been used in Reykjavík City Hall for years. It turned out that the furniture which the city had bought in good faith were replicas of Cassina sofas designed by...

Few Use Public Transport in Iceland

04.05.2015 - icelandreview: Only 17.8 percent of Icelanders used public transport regularly in 2014, according to new figures from Statistics Iceland....

Pirate Party Largest in Iceland

04.05.2015 - icelandreview: The Pirate Party is by far Iceland’s largest political party, according to a new poll by MMR published today....

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04.05.2015 - icelandreview: Lake Kleifarvatn....

Iceland Ties with Serbia in Handball after Win

04.05.2015 - icelandreview: Iceland tied with Serbia in an away game in Nis yesterday, 25-25, in the 2016 Euro Qualifier. However, Iceland won against Serbia at Laugardalshöllin stadium in Reykjavík last Wednesday, 38-22....

Tourists Discharged from Intensive Care after Car Accident

04.05.2015 - icelandreview: Two tourists who were transported to Landspítali National University Hospital by helicopter after landing in a car accident between Hvolsvöllur and Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland, on Saturday afternoon have now been discharged from intensive care....

Slip, Slop, Slap: Sun Makes Appearance in Iceland

04.05.2015 - icelandreview: The last few days have seen sun and clear skies in most parts of Iceland—and the good weather is set to continue through this week....

Cure to Winter Blues (JB)

04.05.2015 - icelandreview: Finding solace in yoga....

First Match Postponed Due to Unready Pitch

03.05.2015 - icelandreview: As the Icelandic football league season opens, the game between Fylkir and Breiðablik in the first round of the Pepsi Championship should have gone ahead today, but has been postponed....

The Tourist Who ‘Made’ Of Monsters and Men

03.05.2015 - icelandreview: The success of the Of Monster and Men song ‘Little Talks’ in the US, which led to the band becoming world famous, is apparently all down to one tourist who attended their Reykjavík Culture Night concert in 2011....

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Westfjords Look Forward to Fewer Power Cuts

03.05.2015 - icelandreview: Residents of the northern Westfjords region can look forward to greater energy security next winter with this week’s formal opening of the powerful new backup generator in Bolungarvík....

Government Cleaners On Less Than Minimum Wage

02.05.2015 - icelandreview: “The Prime Minister’s own premises are not paying the minimum wage and that is in no way okay. We now have a claim filed,” says Harpa Ólafsdóttir, department head of wage issues at the Efling trade union....

Icelander Imprisoned for Drugs Offence in Sweden

02.05.2015 - icelandreview: An Icelandic man, Sigurjón Árni Jensson, has been sentenced to four years in prison in Sweden for having tried to smuggle four kilograms of amphetamine from Sweden to Iceland. Another Icelander, Gunnar Þór Grétarsson, was sought by Interpol in the same ca...

MP Calls for Smoking Age to Increase to 21

02.05.2015 - icelandreview: Siv Friðleifsdóttir, member of the Icelandic parliament and former government minister, is calling for the purchasing age for tobacco products to be increased. She says Iceland should look towards other countries which have increased the smoking age to 21...

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02.05.2015 - icelandreview: Fönix, mural at Nýlendugata in Reykjavík, by artist Sara Riel...

T-shirts for Some, Hats and Scarves for Others

01.05.2015 - icelandreview: While Reykjavík residents are waking up to sun and birdsong, the reality is rather different in the north and the east....

Mývatn Tourist Charges Ruled Illegal

01.05.2015 - icelandreview: Landowners at Reykjahlíð were not authorized to charge entry to various natural sites in Mývatnssveit, Northeast Iceland, according to a recent ruling at Reykjavík District Court....

Iceland for Nepal (ESA)

01.05.2015 - icelandreview: Various fundraising events are being organized for quake victims in Nepal....

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01.05.2015 - icelandreview: Near Grindavík. By Bernard Meric....

BBC buys Icelandic drama

01.05.2015 - icenewsis: The UK’s number one broadcaster the BBC has bought Icelandic series Trapped from director Baltasar Kormakur. The 10-part drama becomes the company’s latest foreign series purchase after it acquired Swedish dramas Crimes of Passion and Tears Without Gloves...

Labor Day Marked in Iceland

01.05.2015 - icelandreview: Today Icelanders mark Labor Day, as people across many countries across Europe. Also referred to as May Day, it has been a national holiday in Iceland since 1966 and is one of the country’s 11 flag days....

MPs Say Leak Affair Minister Probe is Over

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: A majority of the constitutional and oversight committee has voted that investigations against the former Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, are over....

Lawyers’ Strike Causing Housing Market Problems

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: Some Icelandic estate agents have started putting clauses in house purchase contracts so that buyers have to pay sellers extra interest due to the lawyers’ strike at district commissioners’ offices around the country....

Kolbeinn the Poet (KH)

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: The connection between a medieval poet and an Icelandic band singing at a train station....

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30.04.2015 - icelandreview: Grandi fish factory, Reykjavík harbor. Sony RX1R 2/35mm 1/640 ƒ13 ISO 100...

Lots of Work Ahead for Icelander in Nepal Quake Zone

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: An Icelandic aid worker in Nepal says the scale of the destruction there is massice and that many months of rescue, salvage and construction work lie ahead. Rescue workers are only now reaching many of the most isolated mountain villages which were worst ...

Icelandic Government’s Letter to EU Gets Reply

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has received a response to his controversial letter to the EU....

10,000 People Likely to Go On Strike Today

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: It now looks very likely that the first strike planned by the Federation of General and Special workers in Iceland will go ahead today and that around 10,000 members will down tools at midday....

Icelandic Minister in Fishing Controversy

30.04.2015 - icelandreview: Media in Iceland are reporting that Minister for Education Illugi Gunnarsson went fishing last summer, and they are not happy about it....

Iceland: Tourists to be offered help from human search engine

30.04.2015 - icenewsis: Iceland has launched the innovative first ever human search engine which will offer tourists a human contact to find out information that can be useful while visiting the country. ‘Ask Gudmundur’ – which features seven locals named Gudmundur or Gudmunda &...

BBC to Broadcast Icelandic Crime Series

29.04.2015 - icelandreview: BBC has purchased the broadcast rights to Icelandic crime series Ófærð (Trapped), which was produced by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s production company RVK Studios, according to Television Business International....

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29.04.2015 - icelandreview: Near Grindavík....

Funds Raised for Nepal Quake Victims

29.04.2015 - icelandreview: The Association of Nepalese in Iceland is among the associations and companies in Iceland raising funds for emergency aid following the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday....

Of Monsters and Men Release New Song

29.04.2015 - icelandreview: Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men released a new song ‘I of the Storm’ and corresponding lyric video yesterday from their upcoming album Beneath the Skin, due out on June 9....




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