The Imagine Peace Tower

School Celebrates Peace, Shuns Church

The annual tradition of every school taking its pupils on a visit to church in the lead up to Christmas has become increasingly controversial in recent years. But when one school recently decided to cancel the tradition, a storm of criticism arose—as well as plenty of support for the idea.

Dómkirkjan church

71 Percent Support Separation of Church and State

Supporters of the Pirate Party and Bright Future are most likely to be in favor of the separation of church and state in Iceland, according to the latest pulse of the nation poll by Gallup. Independence Party voters are least likely to be in favor, with 62 percent of respondents saying they...

A church in Rauðasandur

Half of Icelanders Hold Religious Beliefs

Roughly 50 percent of Icelanders hold religious beliefs, according to a new Gallup poll. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they considered themselves to be believers, while 30 percent said they were not believers, and 14 percent called themselves atheists. The remainder did not take sides....

A church in Rauðasandur

Today is Whit Monday

Today is Whit Monday in the Western Christian calendar, and is celebrated as a national holiday in many countries, including Iceland.