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Politicians Split Over Russia Sanctions

Icelandic politicians in the ruling coalition parties have varying views on the country’s continued support for European sanctions against Russia, and the split is not along party lines.

Impact of Russia’s Import Ban Assessed

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has asked the Institute of Regional Development to assess the impact of Russia’s decision to impose an import ban on Icelandic food.

Government Could Act to Cap Rent Increases

Iceland’s society and housing minister says her government is actively investigating implementing new rules to limit rent increases on homes. She says authorities need to react to the problems faced by renters and says she wants to cap rents.

First Details of 2016 Budget Emerge

Healthcare funding in Iceland is expected to grow in excess of inflation and cost increases next year, according to advance information on preparations for the government’s 2016 budget.

Iceland: Virgin or Prostitute?

Rumors of an impending ban on imports of Icelandic food to Russia have sparked a debate on the choice between morality and commercial interests.

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.

Turkish Air Raids on ISIS Subject of Urgent Committee Meeting

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Movement, has requested a special meeting of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee to discuss NATO’s support of Turkish attacks on the border between Syria and Iraq. The attacks are not only affecting ISIS, but also local Kurds, who are...

Jón Gnarr Popular Choice for President

Most poll respondents say they would like to see Jón Gnarr become President of Iceland. Comedian and writer Jón is currently domestic content editor for 365 Media, and used to be mayor of Reykjavík.

Russia Could Impose Sanctions on Iceland

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, says that trade sanctions against Iceland are a possibility in light of the Icelandic government’s continued support for Western sanctions against Russia following its support for the uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Icelandic FM Visits Malawi

Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson this week visited Malawi; commemorating 25 years of development cooperation between the two nations.