Close to Iceland's Keflavík International Airport lies a special bridge. It connects two continents, America to the west and Europe to the east, as it lies across the point where two tectonic plates are diverging. A few minutes southwards from the bridge is Gunnuhver, a hot spring area named after a ghost.
23.08.2013 | 14:00
Many to Lose Jobs at Iceland’s Foreign Ministry
More than 30 people will lose their jobs at Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs because of the government’s decision to put accession talks with the European Union on hold, visir.is reports.
Urður Gunnarsdóttir, spokesperson for the ministry, told daily Fréttablaðið, that the redundancies are a result of a change in priorities by the new government.
“We are currently restructuring the priorities at the ministry, as a result of a change in policy by the minister (Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, pictured), who would like to place further emphasis on Arctic affairs, free trade contacts and EEA (European Economic Area) matters,” she explained.
Ten individuals have already lost their jobs at the ministry because of the change in policy.
Alvotech, a sister company of the privately-owned U.S.-based Alvogen, has put forward an investment of USD 250 million for the construction of a 11,800 square meter facility for the development and manufacturing of biotech drugs in Iceland.
Iceland-based photographer and photo guide Iurie Belegurschi recently visited Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Southeast Iceland. Some of his photos from the trip were published by Scotland’s Daily Record yesterday.
The October-December issue of the print edition of Iceland Review is packed with interesting material, such as a travel feature on Flatey Island, interview with chair of Samtökin 78 – The National Queer Association Anna Pála Sverrisdóttir and a guide to spotting the northern lights accompanied by Páll Stefánsson’s photos. Click here to view a selection of pages from the current issue and here to subscribe.
It would be easy to get washed away in all the hype but Ásgeir’s In the Silence, the English language version of his breakthrough debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn, truly deserves all the praise it’s been getting.