Iceland Tops Soil Loss List

Iceland loses more topsoil per year than any other country in the world, according to ecologist Jóhann Þórisson at the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Minister’s Driver Paid ISK 700,000

The personal driver of foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is the best paid government driver with ISK 700,000 (USD 5,150 USD, EUR 4,760) per month, according to daily DV, which requested information about the salaries of ministers’ drivers.


Björk Makes Time 100 List

Icelandic musician and icon Björk Guðmundsdóttir has made this year’s Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. Interestingly, she is the only person from the Nordic countries on the 2015 annual list.

One in Eight (PS)

By Páll Stefánsson
It can not be allowed happen.
María Ólafsdóttir, Iceland's 2015 Eurovision entry

Iceland’s Eurovision Participation in Jeopardy?

Iceland’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May could be in jeopardy as a result of the ongoing strike in Iceland. District Commissioner lawyers, whose job it is to certify that popular voting for the winner of the national competition, who gets sent to Vienna, has been...

Snow in Reykjavík

Bad Summer Forecast

This summer in Iceland will be colder than average with a 30-percent chance of a wetter than usual summer, according to meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office Trausti Jónsson.

Holuhraun lava

Iceland Eruption Trips Popular

Hiking tours to the Holuhraun eruption site this upcoming summer are sold out at two tour operators, Ferðafélag Íslands (the Iceland Touring Association) and Útivist, which have mainly catered to Icelandic tourists. Other companies are also organizing trips to the eruption site ahead of the peak...

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Progressive Party Welcomes Global Warming

In a draft resolution to be presented at this weekend’s bi-annual congress of the Progressive Party, which is chaired by Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, global warming is described as bringing “exciting” opportunities.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Strikes and the PM’s Salary

Today is the third day of strikes in Iceland. The Confederation of Labor has asked that ISK 300,000 (EUR 2,050, USD 2,300) be the minimum monthly salary in Iceland.