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Top 10 News Stories of 2015

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Top 10 News Stories of 2015

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

It’s time for our annual list of the top stories of 2015 on Iceland Review Online.

Our top story of the year surprised us here at the Iceland Review office. The number one story about doing business, so to speak, on the volcanic island of Surtsey. In February, Ágúst Bjarnason, who used to monitor the progress of plants on the island, revealed a secret he had been keeping for 45 years: in the summer of ’69, he found a tomato plant on the island, which had grown out of human feces. The story has been viewed by around 120,000 readers.

The second most popular story on our website was about the sentencing of Icelandic bankers in the so-called Al-Thani case. Four individuals received prison sentences of between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half years, making them the heaviest sentences ever handed down for economic fraud in Iceland.

A story about the rounding up of Icelandic horses for the winter, published on our German version, Iceland Review Online – Deutsch, was also among our Top 10 stories.

And, believe it or not, a story about Justin Bieber’s visit to Iceland likewise made the top-ten list.

Here is the full list of the most popular stories:

1. Dirty Secret Uncovered: Doing Business on Surtsey

2. Icelandic Bankers Sentenced to Prison

3. Killing of Basques Now Banned in West Fjords

4. Der lange Treck - Geschichte einer Pferderettung

5. Siggi ‘The Hacker’ Confesses to Child Abuse

6. Justin Bieber’s Video, ‘I’ll Show You,’ Filmed in Iceland

7. Reykjavík to Cancel Boycott of All Israeli Products

8. Icelandic Feminists Bare Breasts for Women’s Liberation

9. U.S. Military to Reopen Base in Iceland?

10. Archeologists Believe They Have Found Lost Cloister

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