News 2016 - March

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‘Too Much Equality’ Problem

A highly unusual situation arose yesterday at insurance company VÍS: the planned election of a new board of directors was cancelled due to Iceland’s controversial gender quota. But in this rare instance, it was because there were not enough men standing for election.

Government of Iceland 2013.

Pirates in Slight Slip

The results of the latest MMR opinion poll on support for individual political parties and for the sitting government shows that the Pirate Party remains by far the biggest force in Icelandic politics, despite suffering a slight drop in support.


Controversy Over Asylum Seekers’ Shelter

Residents of Grundarhverfi, on the small Kjalarnes peninsula, are upset with the Directorate of Immigration for housing 43 asylum seekers in their neighborhood. A heated public meeting took place this week.

Man Confesses to Arson

A man in his forties has confessed to setting fire to a building that housed an auto body shop on Grettisgata, near downtown Reykjavík.

Cannabis plant

Sort Your Garbage, Cannabis Too!

Several plastic bags, containing a large amount of waste from cannabis production, were placed in a container intended for corrugated paper in Akureyri yesterday.

Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir.

PM’s Wife Owns Company Abroad

PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, posted a message on her Facebook page last night, announcing that she owns a foreign company, Wintris Inc., which manages her family inheritance.