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Interior Minister: ‘Muslims Must be Left in Peace’

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal has emphasized the need to respect Muslims in Iceland as equal citizens after comments by her fellow MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris...

MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson.

MP Criticized for Comments on Muslims

MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson has expressed his opinion in the past days that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The MP has been harshly criticized for his comments.

Paris Rally, January 11, 2015

Iceland’s PM Criticized for Not Attending Paris March

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson has been harshly criticized for not having attended the unity march in Paris yesterday following the terrorist attacks last week. He was reportedly the only head of state from Western Europe to be absent in the French capital yesterday.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Leak Affair: Former Minister Responds to Ombudsman

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir responded on Thursday to the questions of Ombudsman of Alþingi Tryggvi Gunnarsson about her communication with former Reykjavík Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson during the investigation of her ministry in connection with the leak of a...

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal.

National Church in Iceland Compensated for Cutbacks?

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal supports a suggestion that the National Church of Iceland be repaid ISK 660 million (USD 5.1 million, EUR 4.3 million) from the state treasury because of cutbacks it was subject to after the economic collapse in 2008 in addition to those other state...

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Government at 36.6 Percent

Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is steady at 36.6 percent, according to the latest Capacent Gallup poll, published yesterday. The government has been suffering a low approval rating in recent months, down from 49 percent at the beginning of 2014.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Interior Minister Apologizes to Leak Affair Victims

A letter of apology from the Ministry of the Interior, signed by former interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir and undersecretary Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, was received by the three persons named in the document Hanna Birna’s former assistant, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, leaked to the media in...

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Proposal to Move State Companies out of Capital

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson called the government to a meeting last Friday afternoon on short notice to discuss a proposal from Norðvesturnefndin (The Northwest Committee) about creating jobs in Northwest Iceland.

Supreme Court of Iceland

Supreme Court Sides with Iraqi Asylum Seeker

The Supreme Court of Iceland this week overturned a decision by the Ministry of the Interior denying responsibility for processing the case of an Iraqi asylum seeker under the European Dublin Accord.

Bessastaðir

New Interior Minister Announced Tomorrow

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson have announced that a meeting will be held at presidential residence Bessastaðir at 1 pm tomorrow, after which the new interior minister will be presented.

Landspítali National University Hospital

National Hospital to Get More State Funding

ISK 1 billion (USD 8.1 million, EUR 6.5 million) in state funding will go towards Landspítali National University Hospital in addition to the amount reserved for the hospital in the 2015 budget bill, as reported yesterday. Director of Landspítali Páll Matthíasson celebrates the news.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

New Interior Minister Appointed Next Week

Chair of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson said at a parliamentary party meeting yesterday that he hoped that a new minister of the interior would be appointed next week. Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir announced her resignation on Friday.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Interior Minister: Decision to Quit Was Personal

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir released a statement yesterday afternoon confirming the news that she had requested to be released from her duties as minister because of the leak affair. However, the decision was personal, not political, she says.

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