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Reykjavík harbor this morning.

Asylum Seekers up 130 Percent in Iceland

There has been a 130 percent increase in asylum seekers in Iceland since 2012. From 2013-2014 there was a 50 percent increase.

Red Light District in Iceland

There is a big difference between days of the week when it comes to people driving through red lights during morning rush hour traffic, according to a new two-week study by Icelandic insurance company VÍS.

No More Paperwork for Iceland’s Taxman

As of 2015, taxpayers in Iceland will have to submit their tax returns via the internet, and not on paper.

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Our photos of the day.

Skyr Sold in Forty Thousand Stores in USA

Siggi’s Skyr, a brand of Icelandic-style yoghurt started by Icelander Sigurður Hilmarsson in New York, has proven so popular in the United States that it is now available in 40,000 stores across the country.

New Director of Icelandic National Broadcaster Hired

“I’m very happy and look forward to facing this new and exciting challenge. The National Broadcasting Service offers many possibilities and the future is bright,” Magnús Geir Þórðarson told mbl.is . Last night he was hired as RÚV , the National Broadcasting Service’s new director.

Bright Future Largest Party in Reykjavík

Bright Future is the largest political party in Iceland’s capital, according to a new poll carried out by the University of Iceland’s Social Science Research Institute for daily Morgunblaðið ahead of the municipal elections on May 31.

Top 10 in Iceland

The Top 10 in the Icelandic music charts.

Þorri Beer Goes on Sale

Eight new beers have gone on sale for the old winter month of Þorri, a new record.

Iceland’s Sole Country Restaurant for Sale

Iceland’s only country restaurant, Kántrýbær, has been put up for sale. The cowboy burger joint in Skagaströnd, Northwest Iceland, has, for as long as anyone can remember, been the only restaurant of its kind in Iceland.

Long-Legged Visitor in Ísafjörður

A poisonous skull spider ( Pholcus phalangioides ), named so due to its cephalothorax which resembles a human skull, was found in Ísafjörður airport, West Fjords, earlier this week.

More Than a Thousand Hired For Life

The Icelandic State currently employs 21,102 people and 1,186 have a secured job for life with the State. Most of them, 181, hold tenure at the University of Iceland and 108 are employees of the Reykjavík Police.

Unemployment in Iceland Decreases

Statistics Iceland has issued data regarding unemployment in Iceland in December 2013. A comparison of December 2012 and December 2013 shows that the unemployment rate has decreased by 1.1 percent.

Last Year the Coldest of the Century

The Icelandic Met Office has published a report regarding last year’s weather in Iceland. According to the report the weather was mainly favorable, although spring was harsh in the North and the East and the summer was on the greyer side in the South and the West, with precipitation and cloudiness...

Husband’s Day Celebrated in Iceland

Today is Bóndadagur, or Husband’s Day, when wives and girlfriends in Iceland pamper their men. Bóndadagur also marks the beginning of the old Icelandic month of Þorri, during which Þorrablót mid-winter feasts are held across the country.

Dozens Protest Oil Search in Iceland’s Dragon Zone

Around 70 people gathered outside the Culture House in Reykjavík on Wednesday to protest the search for oil in the so-called Dragon Zone in Icelandic waters. The protest coincided with the signing of the third exploration and production of hydrocarbons license, visir.is reports.

Iceland Loses to Denmark in Handball

Iceland lost to Denmark 23:32 in the Main Round of the European Handball Championship 2014 yesterday despite some of Denmark’s star players being on the bench. Denmark, which is hosting the competition, is the only undefeated team at this year’s championship.

PM: Iceland to Keep Króna

“For now we’re sticking with the króna and when I say ‘for now’ I’m talking about the foreseeable future,” Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in an interview with Bloomberg yesterday.

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