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Parliamentarian Faux Pas

The Independence Party snubbed President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson yesterday, prompting rebukes from other members of parliament.

Iceland Observes International AIDS Day

Members from the Gay and Lesbian Student Organization, the AIDS Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Associations among others participated in observing International AIDS Day on 1 December.

Arnaldur Indridason Tops Best Seller List

For the fourth week in a row, Arnaldur Indridason, the crime-fiction writer, has topped the Icelandic best-seller list with his book Kelifar Vatn.

45-Day Sentence for Cheese Theft

A Reykjavík man was sentenced to 45 days in prison for stealing five pieces of cheese from the 10-11 convenience store. According to Morgunbladid, the man had a criminal record and therefore he was not eligible for parole.

Nominations for Nordic Literature Awards

Einar Karasson and Sjón are this year's Icelandic nominations for the Nordic Literature Awards. Each of the five Nordic countries submit their own nominations for the award. Last year, Hallgrímur Helgasson of Iceland won the award for Author of Iceland.

Saying Goodbye

The former mayor Thórólfur Arnason was all smiles last night as he officially stepped down as the Mayor of Reykjavík.

Sin Tax

The Parliament passed a bill increasing the tax on spirits and cigarettes by 7 per cent. According to Morgunbladid, the government should receive an additional ISK 340 million in tax revenues from the increase.

Iceland Versus Sweden

Iceland faces Sweden in a World Cup qualifier tonight at the national stadium. After two losses and a draw, the match is a must-win for Iceland if the team has any hopes of qualifying.

"It will be a difficult game, but we are at home, which is good for us," said Ásgeir...

Russian Navy on Patrol

Four Russian navy vessels are still conducting exercises off the northeast coast of Iceland. According to Fréttabladid, the vessels are waiting for the arrival of two more ships, and then the Navy will be heading north to the Bering Sea and back to Russia.

Over the past few...

Sex Quiz

Icelanders start having sex younger than anywhere else, reports a world survey on sex by Durex, the condom manufacturer.

According to the survey, Icelanders start having sex at an average age of 15.7. Germany comes in second at 16.2, followed by Austria at 16.3 and Brazil...

The Most Literate Country in the World

Yesterday old friends become new friends. Or at least old friends got in touch with me. Suddenly. Starting at exactly one o'clock, just about everyone I know in Iceland called or emailed me.

Why? Because Hans Kristján Árnason, a columnist in Morgunbladid, wrote about my...

65 Disabled Students Refused Exemptions

While the teachers' union has made special exemptions for disabled students to receive instruction during the strike, 65 disabled students haven't qualified for the exemptions. At present 150 students are being instructed despite the strike.

A spokesperson for the...

Prodigy to Play Fourth Concert in Reykjavík

British club band Prodigy will play their fourth Reykjavík concert tonight at Laugardashöll, the national stadium of Iceland. They last played Iceland in 1998.

The band is touring to promote their new album "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned" and current single "Girls."...

Teachers' Strike Continues

After three weeks, the teachers' strike shows no signs of abating. Yesterday, representatives from both sides gave grim indications about a resolution anytime soon.

"People from the municipalities still haven't shown what they're prepared to offer. And they haven't come ot...

Fatal Car Crash in Skagafjördur

A car skidded off of the ring road in northern Iceland yesterday due to weather conditions. When police arrived, one passenger was dead. The three other passengers were rushed to hospital, RUV reports.

Government May Step in on Strike

If nothing happens to resolve the teachers' strike before the month's end, the government may step in on the teachers' strike, says Gunnar Birgisson, Chairman of the Parliament Educational Committee.

Today marks the beginning of the fifth week of the nationwide teachers'...

Electrocution Stalls New Play

Solveig Arnadóttir, star of the forthcoming National Theatre production "Ties Between Us," was electrocuted while performing in another play yesterday. During Edith Piaf, a light touched a pole Arnadóttir was dancing against, and she was knocked unconscious.

Later, during...

Electrocution Stalls New Play

Solveig Arnadóttir, star of the forthcoming National Theatre production "Ties Between Us," was electrocuted while performing in another play yesterday. During Edith Piaf, a light touched a pole Arnadóttir was dancing against, and she was knocked unconscious.

Later, during...

Winter Storm

Heavy snow and wind has caused numerous accidents and road closures throughout Iceland. Roofs were blown off houses in the Westman Islands where winds speeds reached 70 mph. Bad weather caused power outages in Höfn, east Iceland, while in the east Fjords, roads closed due to snow and ice...

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