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.
Last week, Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir introduced a draft resolution regarding parental leave.
Icelandic Minister of Education Illugi Gunnarsson has decided not to run for parliament in coming elections in October.
Last night, Icelandic government leaders proposed to the opposition that parliamentary elections be held on October 29th this year.
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson believes it would be a major mistake to nail down an election day for the fall.
Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Eygló Harðardóttir has not decided whether to run against former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson as leader of the Progressive Party.
On their first official visit yesterday, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and his wife Eliza Reid went to Sólheimar, a sustainable community in South Iceland. Guðni commented that he “felt like a rock star” as everybody wanted to take their picture with him.
In a report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), US Authorities are encouraged to reopen their naval air station in Keflavík, Iceland.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who was inaugurated yesterday, will address the Reykjavík Pride Parade on Saturday.
First Lady Eliza Reid wore an impressive Icelandic national costume (skautbúningur) at the presidential inauguration in Alþingishús, the Icelandic parliamentary building, yesterday.
President Guðni Th. struck a new tone, in his inauguration speech, one of hope, tolerance, compromise and humility.
Sigmundur Davíð gained international fame in an interview which has been on virtually every news hour and numerous comedy shows worldwide.
Should some repairs be needed at his old apartment, president elect Guðni Th. has stated that he will come personally to fix things.
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.
President Elect Guðni Th. Jóhannesson plans to publish a book on the history of the presidency on December 1.
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.
Yesterday, Iceland and the US signed a joint agreement regarding cooperation in the area of defense.
Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will cooperate closely to maintain close trade and business relations with the UK.