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Seal Pup Escapes Zoo Only to Await Slaughter

The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police received an unusual callout shortly before 6:00 am yesterday: a seal pup was hanging out at Laugardalur camping ground. Some tourists had come across the pup on their morning walk.

Politics

Pirates Largest Party Fourth Month in Row

The Pirate Party is the most popular political party in Iceland for the fourth month in a row, according to the latest Gallup poll. Meanwhile, the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government has 36 percent support.

Business

Culture

Today is Merchants’ Holiday

Today is Merchants’ Holiday (Frídagur verslunarmanna), a public holiday celebrated annually in early August in Iceland, always on a Monday. People of all professions use the long weekend preceding it, known as the Merchants’ Weekend (...

Nature and Travel

Seal Pup Escapes Zoo Only to Await Slaughter

The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police received an unusual callout shortly before 6:00 am yesterday: a seal pup was hanging out at Laugardalur camping ground. Some tourists had come across the pup on their morning walk.

Eruption

More Sulfur from Holuhraun Than All of Europe

Emissions of sulfur dioxide from the volcanic eruption at Holuhraun amounted to nearly 12 million tons. That is more than the total emission of the dangerous gas over the whole of Europe in 2011, according to University of Iceland scientist,...

Society

Sport

Sci & Tech

Could QuizUp Trump Facebook?

Þorsteinn Friðriksson from Plain Vanilla, creators of the question game app QuizUp, says it is possible QuizUp could be the next Facebook. “That would be amazing and it is possible. Facebook has the size but not the momentum. Nobody under 15 is...

European Union

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland’s PM Meets EU Chiefs in Brussels

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is currently on an official visit to Brussels for the first time since Iceland terminated accession talks with the EU in March, where he met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk today and President of the European Commission...

Climate Change

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Iceland to Decrease Emissions by 40 Percent

The government of Iceland announced their climate goals this week ahead of the World Climate Summit in Paris in December. Iceland will be joining Norway and the EU in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to their status in 1990.

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