Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Opposition Parties Find Common Ground

All four opposition parties in Iceland, the Pirate Party, the Left-Green Movement, Bright Future and the Social Democratic Alliance, have declared a willingness to form a government together following Saturday’s parliamentary election.

Power Line Bill Reported to ESA

The environmental associations Fjöregg and Landvernd (The Icelandic Environment Association) have reported a proposed legislation regarding power lines to the Bakki industrial area, near Húsavík, North Iceland, to the EFTA Surveillance Authority, ESA.


Power Line Project to Resume

At a meeting this morning, the Icelandic government approved a resolution, allowing work to resume on a power line project from the Þeistareikir geothermal power plant to the industrial area Bakki.


Power Line Struggle Continues

Landvernd, the Icelandic Environmental Association, and PM Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson disagree on whether environmental laws passed less than a year ago should be retroactive and, thus, able to halt projects already approved.

Press conference

Measures to Lift Capital Controls

A draft resolution introduced yesterday by Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson includes measures which would be a big step toward the lifting of capital controls in Iceland.

Alþingi parliament

77 Bills on Government Priorities List

The new parliamentary schedule includes 77 bills, resolutions and reports which government ministers believe it is necessary to pass before the early elections, promised for this autumn.

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Opposition Leaders Called to Government Meeting

The leaders of Iceland’s two ruling coalition parties, Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and Minister of Financial Affairs, Bjarni Benediktsson, today called a meeting with opposition party leaders. As they did not give any more details than that, the mysterious meeting got people talking...

Alþingi parliament

Ministers Urged to Reveal Tax Information

​Party Group Chairman of the Independence Party Ragnheiður Ríkharðsdóttir and Chairman of the Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir believe Icelandic ministers whose names appear in the Panama Papers should make more information regarding their tax returns available to the public.

Iceland Political Crisis: The Latest

At the end of an unprecedented week in Icelandic politics, things are a little quieter today as the ‘new’ government takes control—but the situation is hardly less volatile, and a large swathe of society is angrier than ever.


New Government Confirmed

Iceland’s new government is now official and has presidential approval to run the country under the leadership of the new Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.


Sources Claim Lilja “Will be Foreign Minister”

Major Icelandic media outlets are reporting that Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir will indeed be part of Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson’s new government as suspected—but that she will take the coveted post of Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Elections Planned in Iceland

Iceland will hold a parliamentary election this autumn, following the Panama Papers scandal which cost Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson his job.