Tourism Policy Introduced

Comprehensive cooperation between authorities, municipalities, and the travel industry has been announced in a new policy for the travel industry.

Foreign Minister Warns of Danger

If Russians continue to violate the airspace of Turkey, which is a NATO member, then that creates great danger, according to Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson.

Interior Minister Runs for Party VP

Minister for the Interior Ólöf Nordal has announced her intention to run for the position of vice president of the Independence Party at the party’s general meeting October 23-25.

PM’s Greenhouse Gas Goal Debated

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson promised a 40 percent reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit Saturday, but has since been harshly criticized by the Icelandic Environment Association for lack of honesty.

Russian Military Flight Threat Reduced

The Russian military has twice flown near to Iceland so far this year, with four planes. Last year they approached Iceland once, with two planes. According to foreign ministry figures, Russian interest in flying provocatively close to Iceland has decreased in recent years.

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...

Mayor Falls into Tourist Trap

Róbert Ragnarsson, the mayor of Grindavíkurbær, Southwest Iceland, this week issued a formal apology for having put municipal property on the Airbnb tourist accommodation website for personal financial gain.

Israel Boycott “Illegal”

The City of Reykjavík’s decision this week to boycott goods and services from Israel was a symbolic gesture intended to garner publicity and generate conversation. The fallout is probably more than the council bargained for.

Opposition Wants 500 Refugees

Twenty-two members of parliament from all parties in opposition have introduced a parliamentary resolution regarding increased support for accepting refugees in Iceland.

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...

U.S. Military to Reopen Base in Iceland?

The U.S. government has expressed its opinion to Icelandic authorities that considering increased Russian aggression there may be reason to reopen the U.S. Navy base in Iceland; the U.S. Armed Forces operated the Naval Air Station in Keflavík as a NATO base from 1951 to 2006.