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DesignMarch 2014

Police: Installation May Break Icelandic Flag Law

Police in the capital area have commented that the Icelandic flags which have been raised at the Reykjavík City Hall in celebration of the annual DesignMarch festival, which started yesterday, may be in violation of the flag law. Icelandic flags can only be displayed along with flags of other...

Árbæjarsafn museum

Reykjavík Museums Looking for New Name

Five Reykjavík City museums—Viðey Island Museum, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Reykjavik 871 +/-2 The Settlement Exhibition, Víkin The Reykjavik Maritime Museum and Árbær Open Air Museum—will unite on June 1.

Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds Nominated for BAFTA

Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds has been nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for his music in the hugely popular television series Broadchurch.

Ásgeir Trausti

Australians Love Ásgeir

Ásgeir Trausti’s new English-language album In the Silence tops the Australian iTunes list of the bestselling albums this week, taking the top spot from now second-placed Pharrell Williams’ Girl.

Books store Reykjavík

Icelandic Novel Makes Best Translated Book Awards Longlist

The Whispering Muse by Icelandic author Sjón—translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb—is among 25 finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards for fiction, announced yesterday. The longlist includes works published in 16 languages—none of them English.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty poster

Papa John’s in Walter Mitty ‘Worst Product Placement’

Papa John’s pizzeria in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty—which was filmed in Iceland—was chosen as one of the worst cases of latent advertising last year by Brandchannel, who handed out their annual Product Placement Awards last week.

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