News 2015 - August

Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavík.

An Exaggerated Death

“The report of my death was an exaggeration,” Mark Twain wrote in 1897. Kolbeinn Sigurðsson had a similar statement to make when he went to the Icelandic National Registry to register himself in domestic partnership in 1995.


Reykjavík Wants to Preserve Archaeological Find

The City of Reykjavík’s environment and planning committee this week voted to call upon the city council to set up an advisory committee for the archaeological remains recently discovered by Lækjargata, and for the recently rediscovered 19th and 20th century harborside structures along...


Government Could Act to Cap Rent Increases

Iceland’s society and housing minister says her government is actively investigating implementing new rules to limit rent increases on homes. She says authorities need to react to the problems faced by renters and says she wants to cap rents.

First Details of 2016 Budget Emerge

Healthcare funding in Iceland is expected to grow in excess of inflation and cost increases next year, according to advance information on preparations for the government’s 2016 budget.

gavel as used in courts

Woman Waits Over a Month for Restraining Order

“The thing is, we messed up. She shouldn’t have had to wait so long,” says Eyþór Þorbergsson, representative of the chief of police in Akureyri after a woman had to wait nearly six weeks for her request for a restraining order to be processed.