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Jeep driving towards a mountain

… It Tolls for Thee

The government is currently examining whether to introduce tolls on all roads out of the Reykjavík capital area as a means of financing urgent road construction projects.

Stokkseyrarkirkja

Icelandic State “Owes Church Billions"

The National Church of Iceland has criticized the financial plan of the Government in a formal letter from the church council and the combined bishops. The financial plan is currently going through parliament.

Björt Ólafsdóttir

Silicon Plant Must Close: Environment Minister

Björt Ólafsdóttir, Iceland’s environment minister, says she has had more than enough of the developing situation at the United Silicon factory at Helguvík. Her comments come following a fire at the plant last night.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Prime Minister Extortion Sisters Sentenced

The Reykjavík District Court has today sentenced sisters Hlín Einarsdóttir and Malín Brand to 12 months in prison—nine of which are in the form of a suspended sentence. The pair were sentenced for a high-profile attempt to blackmail money out of the then prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð...

Reykjavík Pride Parade, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Two-Day Rendezvous with Politicians Begins

The second annual Fundur fólksins (‘The People’s Meeting’) begins in the Nordic House in Reykjavík today and continues through September 3. This is an opportunity for members of the general public to meet with officials and leaders of interest associations.

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.

Árni Páll Árnarson

Social Democrat Leader Cancels Re-election Campaign

Árni Páll Árnason, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, announced on Friday that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the upcoming leadership vote. The news came just a week after he announced that he intended to remain party leader, if members voted for him at the upcoming national party...

Money - Icelandic Króna

Panama Papers Revelations “Déjà Vu”

Yesterday’s new revelations on the financial dealings of influential people in Icelandic politics and pension funds are a direct illustration of worrying trading practices covered in the famous 2010 Alþingi research report into the financial crash, according to Associate Professor of Political...

Demonstration

Beware the Grey Army!

The Grey Army is a newly-established group, working within the Association of Elderly Citizens, which aims to bring about a change of attitudes towards pensioners.

Keflavík

Indebted Town Calls on Government Help

Reykjanesbær council—one of Iceland’s most populous municipalities—may be about to take the unusual decision to ask the central government to take over its finances in an effort to get spiraling debt under control.

Bessastaðir

New Government Confirmed

Iceland’s new government is now official and has presidential approval to run the country under the leadership of the new Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

Controversial Bank Secrecy Rule “Not an Issue”

Following yesterday’s calls from the Progressive Party to withdraw the 110-year period of secrecy on data and documentation about the resolution of the old bankrupt banks, the head of the national archives has said that no documentation currently exists with 110-year secrecy applied.

Sigurður Ingi Johannsson.

“Difference” in Ministers’ Offshore Businesses

Ragnheiður Ríkharðsdóttir, parliamentary chairman of the Independence Party, says there is a difference in the position of the Prime Minister and the other two government ministers with connections to offshore companies. Independence Party MPs met last night to discuss the issue.

Reykjavík domestic airport

Court Orders Runway Closure

The Reykjavík District Court has ordered the Ministry of the Interior, on behalf of the State, to close the northeast-southwest runway at Reykjavík Airport within 16 weeks, and to re-examine planning rules for the airport in accordance with the runway closure.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Silence Over PM’s Business Controversy

Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, has been keeping quiet about his wife’s business dealings, amid claims the issue is causing a major rift within the coalition government.

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