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Icelandic grandmaster in chess Friðrik Ólafsson with Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson.

Chess Grandmaster Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík

Friðrik Ólafsson, Iceland’s first grandmaster in chess, was given the title Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík at a ceremony in Höfði yesterday. Friðrik, who celebrated his 80th birthday on January 26, was made an honorary member of FIDE (the World Chess Federation) at the same occasion.

Harpa

Dark Music Days Starts Today

The contemporary music festival Dark Music Days opens in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík today. Established by the Society of Icelandic Composers in 1980, the festival has been described by the Times as “ever-diversifying… a hot ticket in a cultural hotspot.”

hamburger

Last McDonald’s Burger in Iceland on Display

The final McDonald’s burger to be sold in Iceland before the chain closed its doors in the country in October 2009 is on display at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavík. The man who purchased the last burger, Hjörtur Smárason, had kept it in his garage for three years before donating it to the National...

Siglufjörður

Film Crew Takes over North Iceland Town

The cast and crew of Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson’s upcoming crime series Trapped (Ófærð) have taken over the North Icelandic town of Siglufjörður. A group of around 70 people recently arrived in town to set up for what is expected to be the most extensive television series filmed...

Could America Have Looked Like This?

Icelandic journalist Illugi Jökulsson has written an article about what could have happened, if the settlements established by Icelander Leifur Eiríksson in North America had been permanent and Nordic people had gone to other parts of Vinlandia.

Vulnicura by Björk.

The Wisdom of Björk

In recent interviews following the release of her new album, Björk comments on friendship, the environment and music, among other things.

Shark meat

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.

A celebration of women's rights in Reykjavík in 1915.

One Hundred Events to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

The City of Reykjavík will organize 100 smaller and larger events this year in celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote in Iceland. The events will look back on the achievements of the women’s rights movement while promoting further gender equality.

Iggi Pop

Iggy Pop Joins ATP Iceland Lineup

The organizers of ATP Iceland announced last week that the legendary Iggy Pop will perform during the 2015 music festival, which will be held at Ásbrú in Keflavík, July 2-4. The concert will mark Iggy’s first solo show in decades.

Icelandic Musical Siblings a Hit on YouTube

Five Icelandic siblings, who posted a video of themselves performing The Real Group’s ‘Pass Me the Jazz’ on YouTube on January 2 and shared it with their Facebook friends as a New Year’s greeting, have proven a major online hit, their video having been viewed more than 7,000 times.

Áramótaskaupið

One Third Happy with New Year’s Comedy Show

Thirty-five percent of respondents to a MMR poll published on Thursday were happy with the last New Year’s Eve comedy show Áramótaskaupið, compared to 80 percent a year earlier. The popularity of the program is similar to in 2012, according to the poll.

Golden Globe Awards

First Icelander Wins Golden Globe

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson became the first Icelander to win a Golden Globe award last night. Jóhann won the Best Original Score Award for his music in the film The Theory of Everything.

Theory of Everything film poster

Icelandic Composer Nominated for BAFTA

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for a BAFTA for the music he wrote to the film The Theory of Everything. This is Jóhann’s second nomination for a major award—last month he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

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