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Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson speaking at the Independence Party general meeting in 2013.

Report on Offshore Assets Shelved Pre-Election

A report revealing that the Icelandic state is likely losing out on ISK 2.8 to 6.5 billion (USD 25-57 million, EUR 23-54 million) annually because of Icelandic tax payers’ offshore assets was presented on Friday. The report was authored by a task force appointed by Minister of Finance Bjarni...

Government offices, stjórnarráðið.

New Government Announced Tomorrow

The new Independence Party-Reform Party-Bright Future coalition government will be announced tomorrow and the new ministers formally take office on Wednesday. The government agenda is to be presented to the parties’ members tonight and made public tomorrow.

Protest outside Iceland's parliament

Young Voter Turnout Low but Increasing

Voter turnout in the parliamentary election in October was lowest among 20-24 year-olds, or 65.7 percent, and highest among voters aged 65-90 years, or 90.2 percent, as stated in an analysis by Statistics Iceland, published in late December.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

Pleased with Our President

Nearly all Icelanders are pleased with the performance of our president, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, according to a poll published Sunday.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

No One Given Mandate to Form Government

After Pirate Captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir returned the mandate to form a government yesterday afternoon, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson sent out a statement to the press.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Make or Break for Five-Party Talks

Today, it will be determined whether the five parties currently considering forging a government coalition, will launch formal talks. The Pirate Party and Social Democrats have declared themselves willing to take the step, the other three parties remain undecided.

Icelandic money

Budget Bill in Nutshell

The Icelandic government’s budget bill was presented in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, yesterday when Alþingi reconvened.

Puzzle

Government Puzzle Unsolved

Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson and Left-Green Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir have decided not to start formal coalition negotiations.

Vigdís Hauksdóttir

Attack on Icelandic Agriculture?

Last night’s revelations about deplorable conditions at an egg farm owned by Brúnegg have caused outrage among Icelandic consumers, but former Progressive Party MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir is angry for other reasons.

Cocktail shaker set.

New Coalition Cocktail Being Mixed?

RÚV reports that Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson have informed Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson that an agreement has been reached to look into the possibility of forming a coalition between these two parties.

Alþingishúsið

Is Three-Party Coalition Likely?

RÚV reported yesterday that the likelihood of a three-party center-right coalition of the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future had increased anew.

Landspítali

Iceland at the Bottom

Nowhere among OECD member countries is as little spent on investment in infrastructure of the healthcare system as in Iceland and Mexico.

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