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Ceremonial Lighting of Oslo Tree

The Oslo tree was presented on Sunday by the Norwegian ambassador at a festive gathering in Austurvellir in downtown Reykjavík.

Fire Kills One, Three Escape

Memorial services were held yesterday to remember the 21-year old victim of a fire in Saudarkrokur, in northern Iceland. During the service, the pastor also gave thanks for the three survivors of the fire.

Assault in Fossvogur

Eight men forced their way into an apartment in Fossvogur, an upscale neighbourhood in Reykjavík, and assaulted one of the occupants.

Thieves Discover the Spirit of Giving

Police have explained how they know that the rash of computer theft and vandalism in Reykjavík is likely the work of one group of people.

Oil Scandal Has No Effect On R-List

Despite the resignation of the mayor Thórólfur Arnason, whom the R-List had appointed, a recent survey shows that there has been no change in the popularity of the current Reykjavík government.

Gudbrandur's Bible Sold

A copy of Gudbrandur's Bible, the first Icelandic printing of the bible, sold for three times its projected value in Copenhagen yesterday.

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."...

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