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Vibrators Please

According to a new international survey, Icelandic women own more vibrators per capita (52 percent) than women in any other country.

Three Avalanches this Morning

Three avalanches fell onto Óshlíd in the West Fjords this morning. The meterological office has issued a warning for further avalanches and the road administration closed the nearby roads.

Memorial Service for Avalanche Victims

Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of the Súdavík avalanche which caused losses in six families. Two hundred people attended the service at the local church and one family donated a painting " Rescue," to the local rescue team.

Oscar to Iceland?

Valdís Óskarsdóttir, who cut the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charles Kaufman is apparently one of the favourites for the Oscar nominations this year.

Icelandic Course Awarded

An Icelandic course on the treatment of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets has been nominated for the European quality awards at Leonardo, the EEA's cooperative project.

Daily News Service

We have been experiencing some technical difficulties with our free news email service and have therefore not sent out a newsletter since last Friday.

Cocaine and Hash Smugglers Busted

German authorities announced that they have arrested two Icelanders involved in a smuggling operation between Iceland and Germany. They are currently searching for the collaborators to the two fishermen who have already been arrested and sentenced.

No More Rock in Reykjavik

The IU or Icelandic Radio Company, a division of Nordurljos, has cut three major stations.

Court Demands Inspection of Aluminium Factory

The district court of Reykjavík has ruled that the controversial aluminium factory in the East Fjords will need an environmental assessment to begin operations.

Impregilo Hires Icelanders

Following a newspaper ad, ten Icelanders have been hired to work for Impregilo at the Kárahnjúkar dam in east Iceland. The Italian contractors plan to advertise for more Icelandic workers in upcoming weeks.

Icelander Right Hand of Kofi Annan in Liberia

Kofi Annan, managing director of the United Nations has appointed Steinar Berg Björnsson as his special assistant in Liberia. Björnsson, who has worked for the peace corps since 1990 and last worked in Sierra Leone, will be the deputy director of the peace corps in the country.

The Price of Medicine

Icelanders pay more than other Nordic countries for medication according to a new survey by NOMESCO. However, Icelanders use less medication than the other Nordic countries, with the exception of drugs for mental illness.

Aid from the North

A large group of Icelanders is organising a nation-wide collection of money for the victims of the Tsunami disaster. The event, called Neydarhjálp í Nordri (Emergency aid from the North) will be broadcasted on RÚV, channel 2 and Skjár Einn and various local celebrities will appear.

Screaming Masterpiece

The documentary Screaming Masterpiece produced by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnusson, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Thor Snaer Sigurjonsson og Skuli Fr. has received roughly 7 million ISK from the Eurimages Fund.

Oil Conspiracy Case in Court

Lawyers made their cases yesterday for twelve hours at the Icelandic High Court. The Icelandic Fair Trade Authority found Iceland's three largest oil companies Shell, Olís and Esso guilty of price fixing late last year and fined them.

Evacuations in South Iceland

The Icelandic National Defences asked the inhabitants of three houses in Mýrdalur, south Iceland to evacuate their homes due to avalanche danger.

Expensive Art

The Akureyri Art Museum opens an exhibition next Saturday where sculptures made from money bills of a total of 100 million kronas. The sculptures were a concept by museum curator Hannes Sigurdsson and artist Ashkan Sahihi.

Kiefer Sutherland Parties On

Actor KIEFER SUTHERLAND saw in the new year (05) filming firework displays in Iceland. The 24 star flew to Reykjavik to catch rocker pal ROCCO DE LUCA's New Year's Eve (31DEC04) show and he was left stunned by Iceland's chaotic pyrotechnics.

Money Sucker

A gentleman in his 50’s was arrested in central Reykjavík at four o’clock this morning who was hoovering money out of parking meters.

New Icelandic Names

The Icelandic naming committee has legalised a number of new names. The names have joined the Icelandic name register. According to Icelandic laws, baby names have to be on this register to be legal.

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