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Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Politicians Split Over Russia Sanctions

Icelandic politicians in the ruling coalition parties have varying views on the country’s continued support for European sanctions against Russia, and the split is not along party lines.

fishermen at work

Impact of Russia’s Import Ban Assessed

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has asked the Institute of Regional Development to assess the impact of Russia’s decision to impose an import ban on Icelandic food.

Hafnarfjörður

Government Could Act to Cap Rent Increases

Iceland’s society and housing minister says her government is actively investigating implementing new rules to limit rent increases on homes. She says authorities need to react to the problems faced by renters and says she wants to cap rents.

First Details of 2016 Budget Emerge

Healthcare funding in Iceland is expected to grow in excess of inflation and cost increases next year, according to advance information on preparations for the government’s 2016 budget.

Fish shop in Iceland

Iceland: Virgin or Prostitute?

Rumors of an impending ban on imports of Icelandic food to Russia have sparked a debate on the choice between morality and commercial interests.

Pirate Party

Pirates Largest Party Fourth Month in Row

The Pirate Party is the most popular political party in Iceland for the fourth month in a row, according to the latest Gallup poll. Meanwhile, the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government has 36 percent support.

jet

Turkish Air Raids on ISIS Subject of Urgent Committee Meeting

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Movement, has requested a special meeting of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee to discuss NATO’s support of Turkish attacks on the border between Syria and Iraq. The attacks are not only affecting ISIS, but also local Kurds, who are...

Bessastaðir

Jón Gnarr Popular Choice for President

Most poll respondents say they would like to see Jón Gnarr become President of Iceland. Comedian and writer Jón is currently domestic content editor for 365 Media, and used to be mayor of Reykjavík.

A cargo ship with containers.

Russia Could Impose Sanctions on Iceland

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, says that trade sanctions against Iceland are a possibility in light of the Icelandic government’s continued support for Western sanctions against Russia following its support for the uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Icelandic FM Visits Malawi

Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson this week visited Malawi; commemorating 25 years of development cooperation between the two nations.

Fishing ship in Neskaupstaður, East Iceland.

Iceland Left Out of Arctic Fishing Accord

Iceland was not involved in the creation of the new joint cooperation agreement on fishing in the Arctic Ocean which was signed in Oslo last week. The Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs is unhappy and yesterday summoned ambassadors to a meeting.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland’s PM Meets EU Chiefs in Brussels

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is currently on an official visit to Brussels for the first time since Iceland terminated accession talks with the EU in March, where he met with President of the European Council Donald Tusk today and President of the European Commission...

beach

Iceland to Decrease Emissions by 40 Percent

The government of Iceland announced their climate goals this week ahead of the World Climate Summit in Paris in December. Iceland will be joining Norway and the EU in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to their status in 1990.

Geysir geothermal area.

No Conclusion on Charges at Tourist Destinations

Chair of the Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir said in parliament this week that she finds it regrettable that Minister of Industry Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, who is responsible for tourism, had failed to sort out the mess regarding charges at tourist destinations.

Alþingi parliament

Pirate Party MP Raps in Parliament

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, MP for the Pirate Party, appeared to have had enough of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, on Wednesday evening when he rapped the song ‘Hleypið mér út úr þessu partýi’ (‘Let me out of this party’) by Jónas Sigurðsson in the podium.

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