Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Will Capital Controls be Lifted?

The economic measures introduced by the government Wednesday are the largest ever in Icelandic history, according to Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

Government of Iceland 2013.

Iceland to Welcome More than 100 Refugees

The Government of Iceland announced at a press conference today that ISK 2 billion (USD 16 million, EUR 14 million) will be allocated to assist refugees and asylum seekers. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said he expected that Iceland will accept more than 100 refugees...

Government of Iceland 2013.

Increased Funding for Asylum Affairs in Iceland

The Icelandic government has decided to distribute ISK 50 million (USD 392,000, EUR 346,000) in additional funding to the Directorate of Immigration for processing applications for asylum in Iceland, which are constantly increasing. No decision has been made as to how many quota refugees will be...

Pirate Party

Pirates Largest Party Fourth Month in Row

The Pirate Party is the most popular political party in Iceland for the fourth month in a row, according to the latest Gallup poll. Meanwhile, the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government has 36 percent support.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland’s PM Meets EU Chiefs in Brussels

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is currently on an official visit to Brussels for the first time since Iceland terminated accession talks with the EU in March, where he met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk today and President of the European Commission...


Iceland to Decrease Emissions by 40 Percent

The government of Iceland announced their climate goals this week ahead of the World Climate Summit in Paris in December. Iceland will be joining Norway and the EU in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to their status in 1990.

Pirate Party

Pirates Remain Largest Party in Iceland

Iceland’s Pirate Party is still the largest political party in Iceland, according to the latest MMR poll, published earlier today. The party now enjoys the support of 32.4 percent of respondents, down from 34.5 percent in the last MMR poll one month ago.

fishermen at work

Mackerel Quota Issued for One Year Only

The mackerel fishing quota will be issued for one year at a time but not for six years, according to an amendment to the mackerel quota bill presented by Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson in response to a petition protesting the bill.

Dagur B. Eggertsson

Protesters Make a Noise on National Day

“That the protest was on that particular day reflects a certain situation which must be tackled. Though it did, unfortunately, put a dampener on festivities,” the mayor of Reykjavík commented following yesterday’s protests against the government which took place on the National Day, June 17.

BHM strike

Government Creates Bill to Force Strikes to Stop

The Icelandic government met last night and agreed to put a bill to parliament that would postpone ongoing strike action by specific member organizations of the BHM umbrella organization of academics, and the Icelandic nurses, until July 1.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

New Action Plan for Labor Market Presented

The government of Iceland presented an action plan in 11 parts at a press conference this morning, aimed at expediting the design of new wage contracts and calming the current unrest in the labor market. The measures concern taxation, welfare and housing.

Protest on May 26, 2015.

Thousands Protest at Austurvöllur

Thousands gathered at Austurvöllur square yesterday to express their grievances with the current coalition government lead by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson of the Progressive Party, and Bjarni Benediktsson, minister of finance and Independence Party chair.

Prime Minister Eats More Cake

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson still has cake on his mind. In an interview on he said that he had recently begun a physical fitness program and when he was offered a cake in parliament, he had to have half a piece.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Discord in Parliament Over #Vomitgate Developments

“He was pretty lively today,” said Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, in an interview with Vísir yesterday, of Ásmundur Einar Daðason, assistant to the Prime Minister and MP for the Progressive Party, who, earlier this week was reported to have thrown up on fellow passengers on a May 10 WOW...

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Minister’s Driver Paid ISK 700,000

The personal driver of foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is the best paid government driver with ISK 700,000 (USD 5,150 USD, EUR 4,760) per month, according to daily DV, which requested information about the salaries of ministers’ drivers.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM’s Plan to Remove Capital Controls Causes Debate

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced in his opening speech at the Progressive Party’s bi-annual congress on Friday that he expected the government to launch its plan to remove capital controls before the parliament’s summer recess. He said a proposed stability tax...

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM’s Ideas for New Buildings Disputed

Prime Minister of Iceland and chair of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson recently presented a controversial parliamentary resolution on ambitious constructions to be completed in time for the 100th anniversary of Iceland’s sovereignty in 2018.