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Foreign ministers sign agreement.

West Nordics Increase Cooperation

Today, the foreign ministers of Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland signed a declaration regarding a plan to look into the advantages of establishing a three-way free trade agreement between the countries.

Reykjavík Pride Parade, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

President Turns Down PM’s Escort to Airport

President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has announced that he would like to change the tradition that the official who becomes acting president while the president is abroad—most often the prime minister—escorts the president to Iceland’s boarders.

Press conference

Measures to Lift Capital Controls

A draft resolution introduced yesterday by Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson includes measures which would be a big step toward the lifting of capital controls in Iceland.

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Program for First-Time Homebuyers Introduced

Yesterday, Prime Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson introduced a new program called First Home, meant to make it easier for young people to purchase their first home.

Presidential inauguration

First Lady Wears Historical Costume

First Lady Eliza Reid wore an impressive Icelandic national costume (skautbúningur) at the presidential inauguration in Alþingishús, the Icelandic parliamentary building, yesterday.

 Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

Pirates and Independents Neck and Neck

The Pirate Party is once again Iceland’s largest political party with a rating of 26.8 percent, according to the latest MMR survey. The Independence Party, traditionally the country’s largest, has lost its newfound lead but remains close to the Pirates with 24 percent.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

Progressive Party MP Announces Departure

Vigdís Hauksdóttir, MP for the Progressive Party and chair of Alþingi’s Budget Committee, has has announced she won’t be running for Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, in the elections this fall.

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