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Countryside Postal Service Cut

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Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Changes to postal services in rural parts of Iceland took effect from today, April 1.

The new rules mean that post will be delivered every other working day instead of every working day, as has always been legally enshrined until now. That means five delivery days every fortnight—minus public holidays.

Many local authorities in Iceland have criticized the rule change, with Strandabyggð council complaining that the postal service is being cut before everyone in the country is even assured of a fast and reliable internet connection, RÚV reported.

Despite the changes, post will continue to be delivered to every post office and postal service station in the country every working weekday and residents of isolated farms and houses can collect their mail from there, or request delivery at a cost.

The rules surrounding postal deliveries in Iceland were relaxed last September, allowing Iceland Post to reduce the number of delivery days in areas where delivery is proportionately the most expensive.

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