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Traditional Icelandic food

Iceland Taken to Court over Product Information Rules

Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labeling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation before the June 1, 2013 deadline, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced yesterday. Therefore, the matter will be brought before the EFTA Court.
Supermarket

Finance Ministry Said to Underestimate Cost of Food

The consumer standard used by the Icelandic Ministry of Finance in its calculations on which a bill on changes to the VAT system are based must be reviewed, according to deputy MP for the Independence Party Bryndís Loftsdóttir, who reasons that the ministry is assuming too low amounts for grocery...
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Progressive Party Councilor Stands by Mosque Comments

Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, representative of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, said in an interview with DV today that she does not regret comments regarding the building of a mosque made during the municipal election campaign earlier this year.
Eygló Harðardóttir

Child Protection Agency Critical of Minister’s Move

Employees of the Government Agency for Child Protection accuse Minister of Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir for systematically excluding them from the development of child protection policies in Iceland and criticize her for going against their wishes by renewing an ISK 500 million contract with...
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with Chinese Ambassador to Iceland Zhang Weidong.

Iceland Gets New Chinese Ambassador

China’s new Ambassador to Iceland, Zhang Weidong, presented his letter of credence to President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on Tuesday. His predecessor, Ma Jisheng, left the country suddenly at the beginning of the year.
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and Winston Lackin

Iceland-Suriname ‘Men-Only’ Conference to Include Women

The men-only conference to be held at the United Nations next year to discuss gender equality and violence against women, announced by Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Monday, will also include women, it has been revealed after organizers received criticism for excluding women.
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson at the United Nations in New York

Iceland and Suriname to Discuss Violence against Women

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced during a speech before the United Nations in New York yesterday that Iceland and Suriname, South America, will convene a “Barbershop” conference in January 2015 where men will discuss gender equality with other men, with a special focus on...

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