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News 2015 - February

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Netflix Officially Coming to Iceland

Sam Film has completed a contract with the entertainments company Netflix, meaning that Iceland can expect to gain legitimate and legal access to Netflix services starting later this year.

Inside the offices of Radio Iceland.

English-Language Radio Iceland on the Air

A new Icelandic English-language radio station, Radio Iceland, went live last week, broadcasting news about Iceland, weather updates, information on road conditions and Icelandic music, along with interviews with noteworthy people and stories about Iceland.

Tourists in danger at Jökulsárlón

Tourists Asked to Respect Iceland’s Dangers

The last week has seen regular Icelandic news stories about tourists putting themselves in danger, for example at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Reynisfjara beach—as well as car windows being smashed as tourists attempted to drive in Öræfasveit during a severe storm last Sunday.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir on her way to an interview on Stöð 2.

Ministry and Police Broke Law in Tony Omos Case

Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, former Suðurnes police chief and current capital region police chief, broke the law on data privacy and the treatment of personal information when she sent Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to the then-interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, sensitive...

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Icelandic MP Shocked by Proposed Spying Powers

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Icelandic MP for the Pirate Party, has serious reservations about the recent report by the national police commissioner into the threat of terrorism in Iceland. She says the report indicates the police believe they need to spy on Icelanders, including Birgitta, who openly...

Supreme Court of Iceland

Calls to Strengthen Restraining Order Law

It is increasingly important to for Iceland to give restraining order laws sharper teeth, as well as strengthening laws preventing people being thrown out of home by partners or other housemates, according to seven organizations that delivered a critical report to the Ministry for the Interior...

Viking Squad

Special Police Unit Called Out Weekly

The Special Unit of the National Police Commissioner, Iceland’s counter-terrorism unit, specializing in various types of armed and unarmed infantry combat, has been called out on average once per week over the past four years, as stated in a new security report from the National Commissioner’s...

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