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News 2015 - July

Swamp Soccer

Festival Weekend Begins

The first Monday of each August is Iceland’s ‘tradesmen’s holiday’ and the weekend around it, Verslunarmannahelgin (the Tradesmen’s Weekend) has become Icelanders’ biggest annual travel weekend.

Cold Summer Not Putting People Off Highlands

Though summer in the Icelandic highlands has been cold, with snow still on the ground in some parts, the number of visitors has not gone down since last year. The huts at Landmannalaugar opened on June 15, a little later than last year due to snow, and have been full almost every night since....

Bessastaðir

Jón Gnarr Popular Choice for President

Most poll respondents say they would like to see Jón Gnarr become President of Iceland. Comedian and writer Jón is currently domestic content editor for 365 Media, and used to be mayor of Reykjavík.

A cargo ship with containers.

Russia Could Impose Sanctions on Iceland

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, says that trade sanctions against Iceland are a possibility in light of the Icelandic government’s continued support for Western sanctions against Russia following its support for the uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Icelandair plane

Rapid Growth in Icelandic Aviation Sector

The increase in the number of international flights to and from Iceland has been massive in recent years and it is now forecast that 10 million passengers will use Keflavík International Airport in 2030. The turning point seems to have been after the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in 2010....

Money - Icelandic Króna

Bankers Enjoy Big Pay Rise

Tax figures for 2014 extrapolated by the business magazine Frjáls Verslun, owned by Iceland Review publisher Heimur hf, show that the average salary of the CEOs of Iceland’s 200 biggest companies is around ISK 2.6 million (EUR 17,580/USD 19,195) per month.

Supreme Court of Iceland

HIV Arrest Man Not Released

Reykjavík police say they have enough reason to believe that the man arrested last week for allegedly transmitting the HIV virus to women did indeed know he had the disease.

New Spa Resort for South Iceland?

“We are extremely pleased with the interest these parties are showing in Hveragerði and have been waiting for someone to see the possibilities for more development in the area,” says Aldís Hafsteinsdóttir, the mayor of Hveragerði in South Iceland.

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